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USFL Drafts

The United States Football League (USFL) had several drafts. Before each season in January, a full day of drafting was held with two drafts taking place. The first was the Territorial Draft in which each team was assigned a five college pool from which it could select a predetermined number of players. After those selections were made, a Regular Phase draft was held in much the same way NFL teams draft players today. In order to prevent USFL teams from driving up prices on free agent NFL players, the league had a draft to allocate their rights (in future years, the USFL simply allocated each of their teams a certain number of NFL teams whose free agents were theirs to sign, if they so chose). The NFL struck back in 1984 and held a draft of USFL players that might become available.

We have listings for many of these drafts:

1983 Territorial Draft : 1983 Regular Phase
1984 Territorial Draft : 1984 Regular Phase
1985 Territorial Draft : 1985 Regular Phase


USFL Bibliography
The $1 League: The Rise and Fall of the USFL by Jim Byrne
The Sporting News Official USFL Guide and Register, 1984
The Sporting News Official USFL Guide and Register, 1985
USFL Media Guides (each team published one each year)

Kickoff Magazine (published by league; 9 issues per year + playoffs; sold at games)
The Sporting News (regular coverage + special "preview" inserts)

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