Update: New football league confirms postponement of start date

The United National Gridiron League will not begin play on Feb. 8 as it had planned.

A tentative start date of March 22 has been set, according to an e-mail from league spokesperson Tom Devlin. An official announcement is expected to be made later today.

The league has had problems securing funds from its top investors and is working out that issue while discussing opportunities with previously interested investors, according to Devlin.

“The economics of our times has caused uncertain and rash financial decisions, but the UNGL has informed all parties, including the National Football League that the 30 day push back is the best decision at the time to make this league a success,” Devlin said in the e-mail.

The UNGL has no affiliation with the NFL but hopes to act as a developmental league. Its season start date was originally set to provide players with an opportunity to showcase their skills before the NFL draft in late April.

The league was set to release teams' schedules and other information today, according to an e-mail from Devlin sent last weekend.

The outdoor football league has teams in Columbus; Birmingham, Ala., Shreveport, La; Miami; Dallas; Akron, Ohio; Winston-Salem, N.C.; and Norfolk, Va.

Players were scheduled to report to training camps last Friday but were told via e-mail days earlier it would be delayed and they should wait for further instruction before reporting.