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30 for 30

Small Potatoes: Who Killed the USFL? (Season 1, Episode 3)
TV Episode | 51 min | Documentary, Biography, History

The story of the rise and fall of the United States Football League, focusing on two owners: John Bassett, who wanted the league to compete in the spring; and Donald Trump, who wanted to take on the NFL and play in the fall.
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Director
Michael Tollin (as Mike Tollin)
Writer
Michael Tollin (as Mike Tollin)
Cinematographer
Status
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Updated Oct 20, 2009

Release date
Oct 20, 2009 (United States)

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Michael Tollin
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Donald Trump
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Harry Usher
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Steve Ehrhart
Himself - USFL Consultant Himself - USFL Consultant   See fewer
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Marv Albert
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Howard Cosell
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Peter Spivak
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Chet Simmons
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Herschel Walker
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Dom Camera
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Charley Steiner
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J. Walter Duncan
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Vister Hayes
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Lee Majors
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Jim Lampley
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John F. Bassett
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Burt Reynolds
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Jim McVay
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Nate Newton
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Steve Spurrier
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Bill Simmons
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Gary Barbaro
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Walt Michaels
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Kevin MacConnell
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Carl Peterson
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David Dixon
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Jim Mora Sr.
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Mike Rozier
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Reggie White
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Doug Williams
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Jim Kelly
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Fred Bullard
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Steve Young
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Chris Dufresne
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Rick Neuheisel
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Jimmy Gould
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Doug Flutie
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Ivana Trump
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Scott Fitzkee
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Dan Rather
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Peter Leisure
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7.5 / 10 | 861 votes