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UFL delays season openers a week

Published: Friday, Sep. 7, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 7C
Last Modified: Tuesday, Sep. 11, 2012 - 9:23 am

The United Football League announced Thursday a revised schedule that delays the start of its fourth season one week.

The Mountain Lions are now scheduled to open the 2012 season at Raley Field against the Omaha Nighthawks on Friday, Sept. 28, at 8 p.m. The league's season-opening game is Sept. 26, when the Virginia Destroyers visit the Las Vegas Locomotives.

The two games of the initial opening-week schedule have been been moved to the final week of the season. The Mountain Lions' initial opening game – at Las Vegas on Sept. 19 – has been switched to Nov. 14.

The four teams are scheduled to play eight games each, with all broadcast by the CBS Sports Network. The network is scheduled to broadcast the league championship game.

The Omaha World-Herald reported that the delay in the start of the season was caused by problems the league is having in finalizing workers' compensation insurance for players.

League spokesman Larry Weisman declined comment to the World–Herald on the matter, other than to say, "We needed more time to prepare for the 2012 season, and we were fortunate that we have a good partner in CBS Sports Network and venue flexibility."

With less than three weeks before the scheduled season-opening game, the UFL's teams have yet to sign players or announce a date for training camps.

The Omaha team reportedly had not finalized a lease at TD Ameritrade Park as of Wednesday.

Financial difficulties led to the 2011 season being shortened from six to four games. Each team played five games, with Virginia and Las Vegas meeting in the championship game and Omaha and Sacramento playing in a "consolation" game.

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