Donald Trump has a long and complicated history with the United States Football League (USFL). In 1984, Trump bought the New Jersey Generals, one of the original USFL teams. Trump was a vocal critic of the NFL, and he believed that the USFL could compete with the NFL if it was able to move to the fall and play head-to-head with the NFL.

Many believe he only got involved in the first place to try and get his own NFL (after a few failed attempts).

Donald Trump and Herschel Walker with the New Jersey Generals of the Old USFL

Trump’s push to move the USFL to the fall led to a lawsuit against the NFL, which the USFL ultimately won. However, the USFL was awarded only $3 in damages (yes, you read that right) and the league folded soon after. Trump’s actions are widely blamed for the demise of the USFL.

Donald Trump and Doug Flutie with the New Jersey Generals of the Old USFL

Trump’s involvement in the USFL has been the subject of much debate and controversy. Some people believe that Trump’s actions were simply a business decision, while others believe that Trump was motivated by personal vendettas against the NFL. Regardless of his motivations, Trump’s actions had a significant impact on the USFL, and they continue to be a source of debate and controversy.

While Trump is not affiliated with the new USFL, he continues to be brought up in the conversation with the new league due to his former involvement.