Huddle Up: USFL Reveals First Three Weeks Of Schedule

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The inaugural season of the new United States Football League is less than a month away, and football fans now know the dates, start times, stadium location and TV networks for each of the first three weekends of the league’s 10-week schedule. 

The USFL had previously announced full details of Weeks 1 and 2, and we now know the specifics for each of the four matchups for Week 3, which will kick off with a Saturday doubleheader on FOX. On Saturday, April 30, Kevin Sumlin’s Houston Gamblers will face Todd Haley’s Tampa Bay Bandits at 4 p.m. EST.

In primetime on FOX, the Michigan Panthers meet the Pittsburgh Maulers at 8 p.m., a game featuring Michigan quarterback and recent USFL No. 1 draft pick Shea Patterson against fellow first round QB selection Kyle Lauletta.

The second half of Week 3 will be played on Sunday, May 1, starting at 2:30 p.m. on USA as the Birmingham Stallions take on the New Orleans Breakers. The Philadelphia Stars and New Jersey Generals conclude the weekend at 8 p.m. on Peacock.

All four games will be played at Protective Stadium in Birmingham, the same as the previous two weeks. Adult general admission tickets are $10, and each adult can receive up to three free single-day tickets for children under 15. All tickets throughout the regular season will be “single day,” which allows entry to all USFL games played in Birmingham on any one date. General admission, premium, and reserved tickets are now available for purchase at

All future game assignments (Week 4-10) will be announced two weeks prior to kickoff, meaning Week 4 details will be released no later than Monday, April 25. 

The USFL season kicks off with the New Jersey Generals and Birmingham Stallions on April 16 at 7:30pm EST at Protective Stadium. The primetime matchup will be presented live on FOX, NBC, and Peacock.


WEEK 1 (April 16-17 at Protective Stadium)

New Jersey Generals at Birmingham Stallions (Saturday 4/16 at 7:30 PM ET on FOX/NBC)

Houston Gamblers at Michigan Panthers (Sunday 4/17 at 12:00 PM ET on NBC)

Philadelphia Stars vs. New Orleans Breakers (Sunday 4/17 at 4:00 PM ET on USA)

Tampa Bay Bandits at Pittsburgh Maulers (Sunday 4/17 at 8:00 PM ET on FS1)

WEEK 2 (April 22-24 at Protective Stadium)

Michigan Panthers at New Jersey Generals (Friday 4/22 at 8:00 PM ET on USA)

 Pittsburgh Maulers at Philadelphia Stars (Saturday 4/23 at 12:00 PM ET on FOX)

Birmingham Stallions at Houston Gamblers (Saturday 4/23 at 7:00 PM ET on FS1)

New Orleans Breakers at Tampa Bay Bandits (Sunday 4/24 at 3:00 PM ET on NBC)

WEEK 3 (April 30-May 1 at Protective Stadium)

Tampa Bay Bandits at Houston Gamblers (Saturday, 4/30 at 4:00 PM ET on FOX)

Pittsburgh Maulers at Michigan Panthers (Saturday, 4/30 at 8:00 PM ET on FOX

Birmingham Stallions at New Orleans Breakers (Sunday, May 1 at 2:30 PM ET on USA)

New Jersey Generals at Philadelphia Stars (Sunday, May 1 at 8:00 PM ET on Peacock)


Written by Jonathan Hutton

Jonathan Hutton hosts OutKick 360 each weekday afternoon. He spent 16 seasons as the gameday host and sideline reporter for the Tennessee Titans Radio Network and covered the biggest NFL events. Follow @HuttonOutKick on Twitter/Instagram.


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  1. I enjoy football as much as anyone, but I need a break during the spring and summer to back away and regain appreciation. I don’t want nonstop floods of football year round, and I think that could be a reason why these leagues never take off. Nonstop sensory overload wears people out. Maybe I’m in the minority, but good grief, I need some baseball to break things up, slow things down, and change the pace a bit. I think some fans may feel like that. We need some variety. We just finished the college + NFL marathon seasons for crying out loud. Anyway, good luck USFL, but I’ll be back in the fall like normal.

  2. Is it “the Game of Football” that generates fan interest … or … is it all the contrived on/off field “drama” … tradition … rivalries … etc ??? And all the pomp and ceremony … full stadiums etc ???
    All the USFL players – I assume – were above average college players with legitimate skill sets to make exciting plays but why should anyone care? Whats the difference between these games and a Whozit Bowl between McNeese State and Rutgers?

  3. I have a feeling the USFL is gonna have a decidedly “WWE” feel to it — which is cool.

    As long as it’s obvious that the games are 100% rigged and we’re just in it for the Drama — you remember, kinda like the old Hulk Hogan vs Sgt. Slaughter


    the games are 100% Legit – unlike the current NFL — and the Drama will be BACK in the sport, not bowing to corporate sponsors to "nudge" the games in favor of higher ratings/revenue.

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