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PSFL CLOSES DOWN, HOPES TO RETURN IN SPRING OF '93

The Professional Spring Football League has abandoned plans to play this year and will concentrate on kicking off in the spring of 1993.

League organizers had hoped to raise enough money to play a shortened season beginning this month, but president Vince Sette said Monday they don't have enough funds to feel comfortable with that scenario."We felt it would be better to play it safe and have enough money for a full season than take a chance on running short of money in midseason," Sette said.

A letter to that effect was mailed to the league's players and coaches Monday, Sette said.

The PSFL originally planned to embark on its inaugural season Feb. 29, but in mid-February closed its training camps because of a lack of funds. Since then, the league has closed offices in its franchise cities and now operates just at its headquarters, in East Rutherford, N.J.

"Obviously, we needed more time," Sette said.

The latest plan, according to Sette, is to re-open local offices - including those of the Utah Pioneers - by Oct. 1, in preparation for a season to begin Feb. 27. By then, Sette added, the 10-team league may have expanded to 12 teams. Players will remain with the same teams and report to camps Jan. 25. Vacant roster spots will be filled through tryout camps and supplemental drafts.