Alliance of American Football To Launch In 2019

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21 March, 2018

Finally, Ebersol elaborated on what must be the backbone of any successful league, which is solid game action from players who are highly competent. Former NFL general manager Bill Polian will help Ebersol steer the league while former Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu will oversee the players side and former USC standout and executive J.K. McKay will run the team side.

The key to Ebersol's business model is subdued expectations, as his deep-pocketed investors have been told that it's a 7- to 10-year business model. The league will air its first game in less than a year, on February 9 of 2019. One regular-season game will air each week exclusively on cable outlet CBS Sports Network. "We're looking for those Kurt Warners working in grocery stores, and we think we will find them".

The revived XFL won't be the only alternative football league hoping to seize Americans' attention.

The Alliance of American Football plans on following in the same vein the XFL plans to, which is finding players who don't make it in the NFL.

Charlie Ebersol said that his league will have the initial contest and the championship game on CBS and one game a week on CBS Sports Network.

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Charlie Ebersol, the son of original XFL co-founder Dick Ebersol, heads a leadership team that includes former National Football League players and executives.

The league will have eight teams, likely in warm-weather climates and cities without NFL teams. Dick Ebersol will serve on the league's board of directors. It is kind of an oxymoron to eliminate kicking in a sport with the name "football" but most kicking plays like extra points and kickoffs seem irrelevant or boring so they'll go away. This time, it's the Alliance of American Football, and it's coming after the XFL.

Teams will start on the 25-yard line after a score. After all, though the XFL was largely considered a complete dud, the NFL "borrowed" significant elements of the lesser league's broadcast, the most significant of which was the Skycam. To differentiate the Alliance of American Football from its competitors, there will be no TV timeouts and 60 percent fewer commercials.

As for different rules than the National Football League, the AAF will do away with kickoffs (and instead of an onside kick, a team will get one play to gain 10 yards from its 35-yard line to retain possession). After scoring a touchdown, a team must attempt a two-point conversion, with the ball being snapped at the 2-yard line.

"Fifty-nine million people play fantasy and 20 million people play only fantasy football", Ebersol. And the Arena Football League lives on, although it will field just four teams this year. In 2020, will it even get the chance to start again? The Alliance will provide players a comprehensive bonus system, post-football career planning as well as counseling and scholarship support for postsecondary education.


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