Does the world need a professional flag football league featuring former NFL greats like Mike Vick? Probably not. But we may just get one anyway.
Perhaps after seeing the buzz generated by the Ice Cube-backed and Allen Iverson-led BIG3 League, one financier is attempting to get a pro flag football league off the ground by attracting former NFL and college players.
Unlike Vick, the league is starting slow with a trial game next month out in San Jose, California. If that goes well, they hope to launch the eight-team league in 2018. Jeff Lewis, the proprietor of the league, got the idea while watching his son play flag football, according to ESPN's Darren Rovell.
While the idea may sound outlandish to some extent, if you're going to get any former player to lead your 7-on-7 style league, Vick is an excellent choice. They even made commercials back in the day about his video game-ness.
But this won't be your run-of-the-mill flag football. This will be the future of flag football, as Rovell writes:
The test next month also will include significant innovation to the sport. The league's flags, which are patent pending, are attached via magnets instead of the typical Velcro. When a flag is detached, a sensor detects it and an official will be able to see the exact point on the field when the flag came off, thus ceding the guesswork to science.
Tons of details need to be worked out still, such as pay structure for players, but the early plan is to only show the games live to the fans who purchase a ticket at the stadium and potentially make a stream available at a later time.
What do you think? I'd at least tune in to see what kind of jets Mike Vick has in his "old age."