Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2009 | 10:40 a.m.
The upstart United Football League announced Tuesday that it has signed a deal with the Mark Cuban-owned HDNet television network to broadcast five games this season.
HDNet will start showing live weekly games beginning Oct. 10. In addition to the five games on HDNet, VERSUS will air eight other UFL games during its inaugural season.
"Mark Cuban has been a huge supporter of the UFL from the League's initial announcement and we are thrilled to be partnering with his television network, HDNet, to broadcast five of our games," said Frank Vuono, COO of the UFL in a press release. "In addition to broadcasting our games, HDNet will provide viewers with a behind-the-scenes look at the UFL's training camps with additional highlight shows. Through this partnership with HDNet and VERSUS, UFL games will be broadcast nationally to nearly 90 million homes fulfilling our mission of bringing more football to more fans."
The HDNet networks are available on AT&T, Charter Communications, Comcast, DIRECTV, DISH Network, Insight, Mediacom, Verizon and more than 40 NCTC cable affiliate companies.
Although the UFL has its television deals locked up, the league has yet to unveil team names, logos, uniforms, schedules or ticket information to the public. The league will feature teams in Las Vegas, Orlando, San Francisco and New York. The Las Vegas franchise will play at Sam Boyd Stadium.