Apparently our Monday morning NFL Europa updates will be a thing of the past in 2008. According to Yahoo! Sports, the NFL is expected to cease operations of NFL Europa after 17 years because of increasing costs associated with running the league. The folks at profootballtalk.com had this story last week and had another good reason for why NFL Europa is about to be retired.
In the old days, NFL teams liked to send some of its players to the developmental league because it enabled them to get valuable experience. But with minicamps and organized team activities being so important now — much of the installation is done during this time period — being away from your team actually hurts more than it helps.