BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Nike is about to launch a national seven-on-seven league. This league does have the potential to change the face of recruiting, NCAA enforcement and college football.

Players would be required to pay up to at least $1,000 to participate. A team of approximately 25 players would spend their offseason practicing and playing in two tournaments.

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Five cities are involved:

  • Washington, D.C.
  • San Francisco
  • Atlanta
  • Philadelphia
  • Kansas City


Seven-on-seven is approximately a decade-old “football lite” offshoot of the real game. Quarterbacks, running backs and receivers essentially play touch football games against linebackers and defensive backs.

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Nike currently sponsors a seven-on-seven competition in conjunction with its well-known The Opening each spring, but the new event is more national in scope.

It does have give the backyard football feel a new corporate angle, but if it presents more opportunities to players and helps improve skills, what could be so bad?

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