The United Football League has ended their season early and moved up the championship game because of money troubles. The Sacramento Mountain Lions have played their last regular season game this fall.
According to an article on the league’s website, the last two games of the UFL’s season are canceled. Fans who have tickets to the last two games will be offered full refunds.
The championship game will take place Friday October 21st between the Virginia Destroyers and Las Vegas Locos in Virginia. The two teams both have a 3-1 record for the 2011 season.
The other two teams in the league, the Sacramento Mountain Lions and Omaha Nighthawks will play a consolation game in Omaha, also on Friday night.
According to UFL’s founder and Locos owner Bill Hambrecht, “This strategy of moving straight to the championship game is the best means by which to take the UFL season forward. We faced many challenges during the offseason, but were still able to kick off our third season”.
The third UFL season was delayed a few weeks this fall reportedly because of money issues. According to the league they still plan on a fourth season next year, and have plans to add at least two teams, making the league six teams.
In July, the UFL said they had to delay their season because of the lockouts with the NFL and NBA. UFL’s Commissioner Michael Huyghue at the time said because of the lockouts the UFL was unable to secure tv agreements and other “related business matters”.
The league had hoped to start their season in August, but didn’t have their first games until mid-September.
Sacramento Mountain Lion fans reportedly filled Hornet Stadium to capacity for the first Mountain Lions home game on September 17th, with a crowd of 19,938 people.