The USFL was the brainchild of David Dixon, a New Orleans antique dealer who had been instrumental in bringing the New Orleans Saints to town. With respected college and NFL coach John Ralston as the first employee, Dixon signed up 12 cities, nine where there was already an NFL team and three where there wasn't one. They quickly reached an over-the-air television deal with ABC Sports and a cable deal with then-fledgling ESPN. After almost two years of preparation, Dixon formally announced the USFL's formation at the 21 Club in New York City on May 11, 1982; to begin play in 1983. ESPN president Chet Simmons was named the league's first commissioner. Celebrate the USFL with this one of a kind USFL T-Shirts and Sweatshirts.