Monday, March 1, 2021

'86 Chronology-Express Lane

Event Date: October 17th, 1986

Event Description: Klosterman Concerned

Source: UPI

Don Klosterman
, president and general manager of the U.S. Football League's troubled Los Angeles Express, said Thursday the team could be disbanded at next week's meeting of team owners.

Klosterman said the survival of the Express depends on current negotiations between the league and ABC-TV and ESPN, which is trying to renegotiate its television contract with the USFL.

An ABC spokesman told KNBC-TV in Los Angeles that the network plans to continue televising USFL games even if the Express are dropped from the league.

“The owners meet Monday in New York (actually in Teaneck, N.J.) and at that particular time the owners are going to decide whether to keep the Express afloat or not,” Klosterman said.

“The LA market is important because of the TV market. But if ABC said that it wasn't important that LA be part of the league, then I'm sure they'll fold us up.”

The other team owners have been financing the Express since late July, when the franchise's majority owner, Charlotte businessman George Shinn, gave up control of it. 

(Story-UPI Modified)

Saturday, February 27, 2021

'86 Chronology-Safety Dance

Event Date: October 15th, 1986

Event Description: Packers Eye Safety

Source: UPI

Former University of Wisconsin safety David Greenwood will be given a workout by the Green Bay Packers, Coach Forrest Gregg said Wednesday.

"When he came out of college we really were high on him because he was a tough, aggressive football player," Gregg said.

"So, we're going to take a look at him."

Greenwood, 26, a native of Park Falls, Wis., was waived before the start of the season by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The 6-foot-3, 210-pound player signed with the Michigan Panthers of the USFL after completing his career at Wisconsin in 1982.

He played three seasons in the USFL, winning all-league honors, before signing with the Buccaneers in 1985. Greenwood led Tampa Bay with five interceptions last season.

more to come......

Thursday, February 25, 2021

'86 Chronology-Attitude Adjustment

Event Date: September 30th, 1986

Event Description: Kelly Upset

Source: Lakeland Ledger

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

'86 Chronology-Rookies

Event Date: September 13th, 1986

Event Description: USFL Veterans

Source: Lakeland Ledger

Monday, February 22, 2021

'86 Chronology-Case Closed

Event Date: September 11th, 1986

Event Description: Cade Seeks Hearing


Friday, February 19, 2021

'86 Chronology-Quick Fix

Event Date: August 28th, 1986

Event Description: USFL Influx

Source: Associated Press

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

'86 Chronology-Buc Bits

Event Date: August 27th, 1986

Event Description: Buc Bits

Source: Lakeland Ledger

Monday, February 15, 2021

'86 Chronology-Class Act

Event Date: August 27th, 1986

Event Description: Todd Waived; Kelly Ready

Source: Lakeland Ledger

Sunday, February 14, 2021

'86 Chronology-Lightning Strikes

Event Date: August 26th, 1986

Event Description: 'Bolts Sign Veteran

Source: Associated Press

Friday, February 12, 2021

'86 Chronology-Limited Liability

Event Date: August 26th, 1986

Event Description: Peace Released

Source: Lakeland Ledger

'86 Chronology-Novel Concept

Event Date: August 24th, 1986

Event Description: Oakland Loses Suit

Source: Associated Press

Thursday, February 11, 2021

'86 Chronology-Taking Flight

Event Date: August 23rd, 1986

Event Description: 'Bolts Sign Hawkins

Source: Lakeland Ledger

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

'86 Chronology-Comings & Goings

Event Date: August 22nd, 1986

Event Description: NFL Transactions

Source: Associated Press

Monday, February 8, 2021

'86 Chronology-Ace of Base

Event Date: August 21st, 1986

Event Description: Kelly Highest Paid

Source: Associated Press

Sunday, February 7, 2021

'86 Chronology-Meet and Greet

Event Date: August 20th, 1986

Event Description: Wilson Greets Kelly

Source: Associated Press

Saturday, February 6, 2021

'86 Chronology-Bills To Pay

Event Date: August 20th, 1986

Event Description: Bills Sign Kelly

Source: Associated Press

Friday, February 5, 2021

'86-New Kid In Town

Event Date: August 20th, 1986

Event Description: Bryant Arrives

Source: Associated Press

Thursday, February 4, 2021

'86 Chronology-Worthwhile Investment?

Event Date: August 18th, 1986

Event Description: Bucs Eye Dorsett

Source: Lakeland Ledger

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

'86 Chronology-Chain Link

Event Date: August 17th, 1986

Event Description: 'Skins Sign USFL Star

Source: Associated Press

Sunday, January 31, 2021

'86 Chronology-Cows Come Home

Event Date: August 16th, 1986

Event Description:

Source: Dallas Morning News

'86 Chronology-Dallas Dandy

Event Date: August 16th, 1986

Event Description: Herschel Joins Cowboys

Source: Associated Press

Friday, January 29, 2021

'86 Chronology-Saddle Up!

Event Date: August 14th, 1986

Event Description: Walker Opts Out

Source: Lakeland Ledger

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

'86 Chronology-Jet Set

Event Date: August 13th, 1986

Event Description: Jets Camp

Source: Associated Press

Sunday, January 24, 2021

'86 Chronology-Optimism Abounds

Event Date: August 12th, 1986

Event Description: Cribbs Optomistic

Source: Gainesville Sun

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

'86 Chronology-Walking the Plank

Event Date: August 12th, 1986

Event Description: Bucs Cut Greenwood

Source: Lakeland Ledger

Sunday, January 17, 2021

'86 Chronology-Permission Granted

Event Date: August 12th, 1986

Event Description: Bryant Negotiatiions

Source: Lakeland Ledger

Thursday, January 14, 2021

'86 Chronology-Game Plan

Event Date: August 12th, 1986

Event Description: USFL Game Plan

Source: Football News

Monday, January 11, 2021

'86 Chronology-Pay to Play

Event Date: August 8th, 1986

Event Description: Steelers Sign '84 Pick

Source: Beaver County Times

Saturday, January 9, 2021

'86 Chronology-Permission Granted

Event Date: August 7th, 1986

Event Description: Bills Pursue Kelly

Source: Lakeland Ledger

Friday, January 8, 2021

'86 Chronology-Eminence Front

Event Date: August 6th, 1986

Event Description: Court Rejects Raiders

Source: Ocala Star Banner

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

'86 Chronology-Selling Out

Event Date: August 6th, 1986

Event Description: Generals Sold

Source: Football News

Donald J. Trump agreed to sell the New Jersey Generals of the U.S. Football League to New York developer Stephen Ross for an undisclosed amount.

Trump was reportedly anxious to sell after the Generals posted a losing season as well as the fact that he is responsible for the personal services contracts of Herschel Walker and Doug Flutie.

A written statement from Generals’ spokesperson John Barron, said that “Mr. Trump will now turn his focus to building a new state of the art stadium in New York city. A stadium that will become the envy of every professional sports team in the world.”

Ross, who has a 72 percent interest in the Houston Gamblers, has reportedly sold his portion back to minority owner Dr. Jerry Argovitz and an unnamed San Antonio businessman.

more to come.......

'86 Chronology-Not For Sale

Event Date: August 6th, 1986

Event Description: Steelers Reject Talks

Source: Pittsburgh Tribune

Sunday, January 3, 2021

'86 Chronology-Nagging Problems

Event Date: August 6th, 1986

Event Description: NFL Eyes Expansion

Source: The Tribune

Thursday, December 31, 2020

'86 Chronology-Compensation Concerns

Event Date: August 5th, 1986

Event Description: Niners' Want Wideout

Source: Lakeland Ledger

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

'86 Chronology-Foregone Conclusion?

Event Date: August 5th, 1986

Event Description: Kelly May Opt Out

Source: UPI

Jim Kelly, star of the Houston Gamblers who was one of Buffalo's two first-round picks in the 1983 draft, was given permission to talk with the Bills after the Gamblers announced upcoming changes to ownership.

The majority owner of the Gamblers, Stephen Ross and Kelly's agent said a clause in his contract with the Gamblers gives him the option of playing with another team if both sides agree.  Ross is in the process of purchasing the New Jersey Generals from Donald Trump.  

Houston minority owner Jerry Argovitz has said that he is open to the idea of Kelly pursuing an NFL deal. Kelly has a guaranteed contract for $800,000 next season, but has indicated he wants to play in the NFL.

The Bills are in need of a quarterback, coming off their second straight 2-14 season. They would like to have Kelly signed by their Sept. 7 season-opener against the New York Jets.

Lustig met with Kelly Monday night and said the quarterback would like to meet Bills Coach Hank Bullough and his offensive assistants. The meeting will likely occur this weekend when Buffalo plays the Houston Oilers in the Astrodome Saturday night.

“It's a foregone conclusion that Jim Kelly will be the highest paid player in football. And with good reason,” Lustig said Monday night from his Akron, Ohio, office. 

“Look at what he's going to mean to this franchise in terms of attendance and wins. We're aware of Buffalo's attendance problems.”

Lustig, who represents Bills running back Greg Bell, said contract negotiations could stall.

“Unless somebody is going to open up the vault and let me in, I really don't think the signing is going to happen quickly,” he said. “In my 10 years of negotiating with the Bills, I've never had an easy time of it.”

“Jim wants to play in the NFL. He has had nothing but success in Houston. He loves the city and the team, but at the same time he feels like he has already accomplished so much in the USFL. He just wants to find a situation where he'll have a chance to be a winner. We'll see how serious Buffalo is this week.”

Story-(UPI Modified)

Monday, December 28, 2020

'86 Chronology-Tumult

Event Date: August 5th, 1986

Event Description: USFL Owners Halt Meetings

Source: Football News

The U.S. Football League cut short an owners meeting with reports of ownership changes, mergers and indications that the league may look different next season.

The meeting, originally scheduled to last through Wednesday, ended abruptly a day early when New Jersey Generals owner Donald Trump shocked the owners when he announced that he was indeed selling the team and that he would consider “bidding out” the personal services contract of star running back Herschel Walker.

Commissioner Harry Usher emerged from the conference room to say the meetings had ceased and “several interesting things were discussed by the owners and an announcement would be made in the coming days”.

League sources already leaked word on the following;

—A move by Donald Trump to sell the Generals to Stephen Ross current majority owner of the Houston Gamblers;

—A move to merge, move or fold the poorly attended Los Angeles Express franchise;

—Chicago owner Eddie Einhorn has announced that he has no intention of fielding an expansion team in 1987 or 1988;

— A merger of the Michigan Panthers and Oakland Invaders with the team remaining in Oakland was discussed;

—A move by teams to allow some high salaried players the chance to move to the NFL or CFL;

—The league also received petitions for expansion franchises from a variety of cities including St. Louis, San Antonio, Las Vegas and Honolulu;

Friday, December 25, 2020

'86 Chronology-Break Down

Event Date: August 4th, 1986

Event Description: Canizaro Concerned

Source: Football News

New Orleans Breakers owner Joseph Canizaro has told fellow USFL team owners he was surprised by the recent call by Superdome officials to increase the teams’ rent for the 1987 season and beyond.

Canizaro told a closed session of league owners in Jacksonville, that he could soon be “looking for their help to find a new home,” the Times Picayune said, quoting other unidentified team owners.

Several owners told the newspaper Canizaro's comments indicate “he wants to get out of town,” since he would need the owners' permission to move the team to another city.

“That was the impression I got,” one USFL owner said.

Canizaro recently hinted that he would try to move elsewhere Superdome officials follow through with their plan to modify the current lease.

The Times quoted one owner as saying Canizaro told the group: 

“When I bought the team, I never thought that local officials would try and change the terms of our lease. But with the current economic problems in Louisiana, I guess they have decided that they will try and extort more revenue from us.”

The Breakers played in Boston during the 1983 season but moved to New Orleans due to the condition of Nickerson Field. 

The team had previously considered a move to Portland or Sacramento before settling on the Crescent city where they have played for the past three seasons.

Story-(UPI Modified)

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

'86 Chronology-Turning Point

Event Date: August 4th, 1986

Event Description: USFL Owners Meeting

Source: Football News

The proposed sale of the New Jersey Generals to Houston Gamblers owner Stephen Ross is expected to be discussed when U.S.F.L. team owners meet at 5 p.m. EDT today in New York, a league source said.

Ross confirmed last week that he was interested in purchasing the Generals from Donald Trump who intends to turn his focus to building a new stadium in New York to replace Shea Stadium. Ross would like to own a USFL team in New York, which is where his business activities are based. 

Trump on the other hand, is proposing to build a new stadium in New York which would in turn house the Generals. Trump was said to be displeased with the on field performance of the Generals this year.

But Houston minority owner Dr. Jerry Argovitz is expected to try and block the proposed sale until he is assured that he can find new investors for the Houston franchise.

Ross asked his attorneys to contact the other owners and inform them of the deal being negotiated with Trump. The asking price for the Generals is rumored to be somewhere between $9 and $15 million dollars.

In other league news; 

Eddie Einhorn has decided that he no longer has any interest in bringing a USFL franchise back to Chicago. 

With Trump seemingly on the way out and a move to fall play a lost cause, Einhorn has decided that the $12 million expansion fee is too high.

Story-(UPI Modified/Alternatehistory)

Monday, December 21, 2020

'86 Chronology-Happy Camper

Event Date: August 2nd, 1986

Event Description:

Source: Lakeland Ledger

Saturday, December 19, 2020

'86 Chronology-Chick Magnet

Event Date: August 2nd, 1986

Event Description: Jackson Joins Chicks

Source: Daily Times