Announcement re: the payment system on The Public League

Cointent, the subscription/micropayment system The Public League has used since its inception, ceased its operations this morning. Therefore, Cointent login information no longer works on this website.

I’ve sent each subscriber an email regarding what this means, and the remedy moving forward.

But for the many who paid for articles solely via 47-cent micropayments, you can recover the remaining amount in your account by sending a request via email to Cointent said it will do those transfers manually. Please email me ( if you have any questions or run into any issues.

I am in the midst of implementing a new system. I will hopefully have it up and running in the next 24 hours.

Thank you for reading.

-Eric Van Dril


By | February 1st, 2017|Announcements|

The Public League’s photo request form

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Note: Only The Public League subscribers can receive one free, high-resolution photo each month. You can go here to subscribe, if you haven’t already.

By | January 13th, 2017|Announcements|

Interested in playing football in college?


By: Eric Van Dril   |   Dec. 1, 2016

TPL-avatar-2I’ve received links to a lot of hudl videos over the past few weeks.

Instead of retweeting them one at a time, I think it would be better to build a list of football players from the Chicago Public League who want to play football in college.

My goal is to create a hub that college coaches and recruiting experts can visit to view potential recruits’ highlight videos and information. That will hopefully make it easier for football players from Chicago to get exposure, get recruited and find the right college program for them.

The list is going to be broken down into graduation years — 2017, 2018, etc. — and positions. It will hopefully be published at some point next week.

If you would like yourself, your son or your player(s) to be included in the list, please submit the following information to The Public League either via email (, direct message on TwitterFacebook message or in the comments section of this article.

  • Name
  • Year
  • School
  • The position, or positions, you see yourself playing in college.
  • A link to the highlight video you’d like to share.
    • (Preferably, this is your highlights from all of last season. It can also be a game, however.)
  • Optional, but recommended: A social media account that college coaches can use to contact you.

Lastly, I plan to continue updating this list indefinitely. There is no deadline. Feel free to submit your information at any time.

By | December 1st, 2016|Alumni, Announcements, Athletes (football specific), Football, Recruiting|