To make a long story short, the other day one of the team leaders from one of the Quicken Loans family of companies sent an email to the UFL and this is what happened.
The UFL, for those not in the know, is the latest attempt to compete with the almighty NFL to supply the American public's never-ending thirst for good pro football.
I don't want to mention the obvious, but lots of others have tried and failed (remember the USFL, the XFL, the World Football League, even Arena Football????), and that's what makes the email reply that the team leader got back from them all the more ridiculous.
Anyway, so here's what happened. Our guy wanted to send their guys a suggestion about their uniforms. Nothing big. Just a friendly suggestion. So he went to the contact page (http://www.ufl-football.com/contact) on their site and found this:
For all inquires related to local market advertising, television production, apparel, uniforms, promotional items & equipment please email Promotions@ufl-football.com"
He sends the email and this is the canned response he receives:
"Thank you for your interest in the UFL. We have received your email and a member of our Promotions team will review and response accordingly to your inquiry. Please continue to check www.ufl-football.com and sign up for our newsletter to keep abreast of the latest news about the UFL.
WE DO NOT ACCEPT UNSOLICITED SUBMISSIONS. YOUR EMAIL WILL BE DELETED WITHOUT READING IT. BELOW IS OUR SUBMISSIONS POLICY:
It is the policy of the UFL not to accept any unsolicited material, information, suggestions, ideas, concepts, drawings, designs, schematics, artwork, music, graphical matter, know-how, techniques, questions, comments and other communications or content, or other works ("Unsolicited Submissions") submitted, transmitted, emailed, posted or otherwise provided to the UFL. In the event that you provide the UFL and its parent, affiliates, subsidiaries, and related parties with any Unsolicited Submissions, you acknowledge that (i) you have no rights in the Unsolicited Submissions; (ii) all Unsolicited Submissions become the property of the UFL; and (ii) the UFL and its parent, affiliates, subsidiaries, and related parties may use such Unsolicited Submissions in any manner in any form or media now known or hereafter developed for commercial or non-commercial purposes without limitation and in the UFL's sole discretion. You must not make any such Unsolicited Submissions to the UFL through this website or otherwise if you expect any compensation or acknowledgement for them.
You agree that you are not entitled to any compensation, credit or notice whatsoever of any use by the UFL and its parent, affiliates, subsidiaries, and related parties and that by providing an Unsolicited Submission you waive the right to make any claim against the UFL and its parent, affiliates, subsidiaries, and related parties related to Unsolicited Submissions."
So, I guess the question is obvious. Will the UFL review and respond accordingly or will they delete it without reading it?
I guess we'll find out if we ever get a reply.