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For three glorious years, football was 365

Small Potatoes: Who Killed the USFL?

In 1983 the upstart United States Football League (USFL) had the audacity to challenge the almighty NFL. The new league did the unthinkable by playing in the spring and plucked three straight Heisman Trophy winners away from the NFL. The 12-team USFL played before crowds that averaged 25,000, and started off with respectable TV ratings. But with success came expansion and new owners, including a certain high profile and impatient real estate baron whose vision was at odds with the league’s founders. Soon, the USFL was reduced to waging a desperate anti-trust lawsuit against the NFL, which yielded an ironic verdict that effectively forced the league out of business. Now, almost a quarter of a century later, Academy Award-nominated and Peabody Award-winning director Mike Tollin, himself once a chronicler of the league, will showcase the remarkable influence of those three years on football history and attempt to answer the question, “Who Killed the USFL?”

Credits

Small Potatoes: Who Killed the USFL? Cast

Name Character
Donald Trump He was 63, now 76 years old as Himself
Burt Reynolds He was 73, 82 years old when he died as Himself
Herschel Walker He was 47, now 60 years old as Himself
Mike Tollin He was 54, now 67 years old as Himself

Small Potatoes: Who Killed the USFL? Crew

Name Department
Greg Parsons as Editor. Editing
Mike Tollin as Director. He was 54 (now 67) years old Directing
Mike Tollin as Writer. He was 54 (now 67) years old Writing
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Small Potatoes: Who Killed the USFL? (13 years)

For three glorious years, football was 365

  • Release day: Tuesday, October 20, 2009
  • Runtime: 53 minutes