In the leadup to the inagurual USFL season the new league filed a handful of trademarks for team names. Beyond the eight teams that took the field in 2022, the league also resevered a few from the USFL’s past. These names included Denver Gold, Jacksonville Bulls, LA Express, Memphis Showboats and plenty of others.
At the moment the league is working towards season 2, a first in the world of spring football in a very long time. Beyond retuning to Birmingham next year, they’re also looking at expanding the number of hubs in 2023. We’ve heard that the USFL is looking to expand into between 2-4 hubs for next season.
With that news out, many have been wondering where the new hubs will land. Well, it’s time to throw some more speculation into the mix.
Earlier this morning @NewsUSFL posted on Twitter that the Tampa Bay Bandits will be relocating and be re-branded as the Memphis Showboats.
NEWS: The Tampa Bay Bandits will be relocating to be the Memphis Showboats, per @Tony_Catalina. The USFL filed for Memphis Showboats trademarks just 5 days ago, including a possible updated logo.
He credits Tony Catalina, who states that the USFL filed for the Memphis Showboats trademark within the last week. Although not confirmed, the reports mentions that there may be an updated logo in the mix as well.
We’ve reached out to league officials, but could not confirm if there is any truth to these rumors. Generally @NewsUSFL is accurate with his reports, otherwise we may not be writing this piece at all.
It’s hard to say when and if this will be made official, but we expect more USFL news to come down the pipeline in the near future. As always we’ll keep you posted as more information comes out on season 2 of the USFL.
What are your thoughts on the Tampa Bay Bandits potentially moving to Memphis and becoming the Showboats? Let us know your thoughts down in the comments below or join the conversation on Discord.