Having made his fortune in the health care industry, Donald Dizney was a limited partner in the Tampa Bay Bandits during their first two years.  When Washington Federals Berl Bernhard sought to get out of the USFL after two disastrous seasons, Dizney bought the team and relocated it to nearby Orlando, rechristening the team the Orlando Renegades.

While placing a professional football team in Orlando today doesn't seem like that bad a business decision, doing so in 1985 - with another USFL franchise less than 100 miles away in the form of the Bandits - wouldn't spell success for the 'Gades, who drew less than 25,000 in their only USFL season.

Undeterred, the Renegades were slated to be one of the teams that took on the NFL in the fall of 1986, but fate intervened and the Renegades were scalped along with the rest of the USFL.  Dizney returned to his health care business, and took a greater interest in horse breeding, serving as President of the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders and the owner of Double Diamond Farm.


Orlando Renegades


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