USFL Teams: Los Angeles Express
The Los Angeles Express was a team in the United
States Football League, an attempt to form a second major professional
football league to compete with the established National Football League.
Alan Harmon (1983)
William Oldenburg (1984-85)
Michigan 27-20 in 3OT
Lost to Arizona 35-23
Angeles Coliseum (92,516)
Pierce College (final game)
The Express competed in all three of the USFL seasons played,
1983-1985. The greatest player ever to wear the uniform of the Express was
almost undoubtedly Steve Young, a quarterback who had played at the
namesake university of his lineal ancestor, Brigham Young University.
Young negotiated for himself what was then reported to be the largest
professional sports contract ever signed up until that point, over
$40,000,000. However, it was revealed that the payments were actually to
be in the form of an annuity set up to pay him $1,000,000 annually for the
next 42 years, so the current value of the contract was considerably less
See also: 1983
Express, 1984 Express, 1985
Young did well to take his money in the form of an annuity, however.
The Express proved to be one of the weakest of the USFL organizations,
probably in fact the single weakest one actually to endure for all three
of the league's seasons of operation, although such a judgment is of
necessity somewhat subjective. The expected crowds at the Los Angeles
Memorial Coliseum, the Express' original home venue, never materialized,
and the number of fans, or rather the almost complete lack of them, began
to prove very embarrassing and frustrating to the league and its major
television broadcaster, ABC, which had hoped for a more credible product
to emanate from the nation's second-largest media market. The team
eventually relocated its home games to a junior college in the San
Fernando Valley, but seemed to have trouble filling even the relatively
tiny stadium there.
The Express folded after the 1985 season, as did
the league, eventually, but it seems very unlikely that the Express
organization would have survived much longer even if the league had
succeeded in the two projects that were its eventual undoing, the proposed
move to fall play effective with the 1986 season (which never actually
happened), and its protracted anti-trust suit against the NFL, which
resulted in its eventually being awarded a token $3. Steve Young went on
to a Hall of Fame career in the NFL.
$1 League: The Rise and Fall of the USFL by Jim Byrne
The Sporting News Official USFL Guide and Register, 1984
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
The Sporting News (regular coverage + special "preview"
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