Earlier this year we reported that former Houston Roughnecks Team President Brian Michael Cooper had moved on to a new role at Frost Brown Todd. Well today, we have some interesting news to discuss about his duties in at his new employer.
According to Bloomberg Law, Brian Michael Cooper will be leading a team of lawyers representing The Spring League LLC, who recently announced the return of the USFL.
Cooper is now leading a team of lawyers from Frost Brown Todd representing The Spring League LLC and its founder, CEO, and general counsel Brian Woods, the latter told Bloomberg Law in an email. Woods, whose five-year-old Spring League serves as a developmental league and showcase for football players seeking opportunities in the NFL, CFL, and other professional leagues, is a co-founder of the new USFL.
Considering Cooper’s background in law and hands-on work with a league building from the ground-up, this feels like a perfect fit. At the moment, there’s not a lot of details on the USFL’s return, but according to their website announcements on cities, team names and coaches will come soon.
With the league set to launch at an unspecified time in 2022, we should expect to get answers sooner rather than later. When we look back at the AAF and the XFL, team names and coaches were known by end of summer prior to kickoff. I think the new USFL will follow in the footsteps of their predecessors on this as well.
It’s great to see former XFL executives get a hand in this new league, although this scenario is a bit unique. Brian Michael Cooper, not only worked behind the scenes to shape the Roughnecks, he also made the fan experience one of the best in the league.
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