The struggling United Football League announced Wednesday that it will play a shorter season with four teams instead of five with the Hartford, Conn., Colonials suspending operations.

The UFL, which has lost more than $100 million it its first two years, said it will play a condensed regular-season schedule starting Sept. 15. Without Hartford, the second-tier pro league is left with teams in Omaha, Neb., Norfolk, Va., Las Vegas and Sacramento, Calif.

Each team will play six regular-season games instead of eight, with three at home and three on the road. Training camps open Aug. 22 and season openers are Sept. 15-17. The top two teams will play in a championship game.

Hartford players will join surviving UFL teams through a dispersal draft Monday. Hartford coach Jerry Glanville will become a league consultant.

"We are disappointed to have to suspended operations in Hartford and are grateful to the Colonials fans for their support," commissioner Michael Huyghue said in a statement. "We have not closed the door on Hartford and will review the viability of returning to the city at the end of this season."

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