BANDITS TRIVIA

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A native Canadian, John Bassett split time between residences in Toronto and Sarasota, Florida.
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Burt Reynolds has lived in Florida most of his life, today residing in Jupiter.
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Stephen Arky was born in St. Louis, but called Miami home.
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Today, Bandits minority partner (and later Orlando Renegades owner) Donald Dizney was in the health care field when he became involved in the USFL.
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Despite having two in-state rivals in 1985, the Bandits biggest rivalry was against the Birmingham Stallions.  The Stallions prevented the Bandits from reaching the playoffs in 1983, then denied them the Southern Division title in 1984.
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Upon awarding Jacksonville a USFL franchise, Bulls owner Fred Bullard was required to make a payment to the Bandits for infringing on its USFL territorial rights. 
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Bandits footage is the most frequently used "generic" football footage in television commercials today.
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The Bandits territorial schools in 1983 were Florida, Florida State, Bethune-Cookman, Florida A&M, and Albany State.
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Bandits Ownership
(L to R):  John Bassett,
Burt Reynolds, Stephen
Arky, and Donald Dizney,
who in 1984 bought the
Washington Federals and
moved them to nearby
Orlando.
Steve Spurrier came to
the Bandits from Duke University.  Despite USFL founder David Dixon encouraging owners to pay top dollar for coaching talent, Spurrier's annual salary with the Bandits reportedly was only $50,000.
Running back Gary Anderson, whose contract status was the source of immediate conflict between the USFL and NFL.
Quarterback John Reaves, who took the starting job with the Bandits after a less than spectacular career in the NFL.
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