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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. This included 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. This 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?"
- Stars: Angelo Dundee , Antonio Davis , Barry Switzer , Bernie Kosar , Bill Clinton , Bill Gallo , Bill Plaschke , Bill Simmons , Bo Jackson , Bob Costas , Bob Ryan , Brent Musburger , Brian Bosworth , Bruce McNall , Bryan Burwell , Charley Steiner , Chris Berman , Chuck D. , Clyde Drexler , Connie Chung , Craig James , Curt Schilling , Dale Hansen , Dan Le Batard , Dan Patrick , Dan Rather , David Stern , Dennis Rodman , Dick Vitale , Donald Trump , Ed Bradley , Fred Akers , Howard Cosell , Howie Long , Hubert Davis , Ice Cube , Jack McCallum , Jalen Rose , Jane Pauley , Jay Bilas , Joe Dumars , Joe Theismann , John Singleton , John Starks , Johnny Dawkins , June Jones , Keith Jackson , Keith Olbermann , Kenny Anderson , Kevin Blackistone , Larry Bird , Larry Brown , Larry King , Leon Searcy , Lou Holtz , Lou Piniella , Magic Johnson , Maria Shriver , Mark Heisler , Mark Messier , Marv Albert , Michael Eric Dyson , Michael Jordan , Michael Wilbon , Mike Krzyzewski , Mike Tirico , Mike Tyson , Pat Riley , Patrick Ewing , Pedro Martinez , Pete Rozelle , Ray Van Ness III , Roy Williams , Rudy Giuliani , Sal Marchiano , Sam Smith , Sidney Lowe , Skip Bayless , Snoop Dogg , Spike Lee , Terry Francona , Tom Brokaw , Vin Scully , Wayne Gretzky