Апреля 23 2018


Are You Ready For More Football? AAF Football League Coming In 2019

Апреля 23 2018, 09:05 | Van Peters

ESPN '30 for 30′ filmmaker set to run Alliance of American Football league to rival XFL

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I do have one suggestion to those at the Alliance of American Football and that is to do something about shortening that name. The Alliance of American Football was announced earlier today in a press release.

Furnishing ratings guarantees for the CBSSN package may prove to be a bit of a challenge for the CBS Sports ad sales team, given that the cable network's deliveries are not distributed by Nielsen. The players will come from high-level college teams, those who don't make the NFL, and those from other professional football leagues. Here's why the Alliance has a strong chance of succeeding: the folks involved.

The Alliance of American Football will begin play the Sunday after the Super Bowl - Feb. 8, 2019 - with the opening game broadcast on CBS as part of a multi-year deal and other digital platforms. TV executive Dick Ebersol and his son Charlie appear to be the main investors, along with longtime National Football League exec Bill Polian. During Charlie Ebersol's 30 for 30 film This Was The XFL about the previous iteration of the league, longtime friends and business partners Vince and Dick discussed working together someday to bring back the league.

But that's not all - there will be crucial input from former National Football League executives and players. "That is the guiding philosophy".

Bill Polian, a Pro Football Hall of Fame general manager in the NFL, was introduced as the AAF's co-founder and head of football.

The eight host cities will be announced in the next few months. Rosters will be culled from National Football League cuts to the 53-man maximum after preseason, which Polian calls "the core of our constituency"; collegians who have gone undrafted, including underclassmen who have lost any remaining eligibility; players looking to return to the sport; and free agents from the CFL or elsewhere. There will be no owners, just one single entity.

Teams and coaches will be announced in April.

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The league will consist of eight teams and 10 games with playoffs and a championship game coinciding with the weekend of the NFL Draft.

Kickoffs are out in order to improve player safety. Onside kicks may be attempted from the 35 yard line and require a 10 yard gain and keeping possession of the ball. Polian said players released by the National Football League will be "the primary source of talent".

The three-point stance for linemen, judged by many a unsafe technique, also could be banned.

And here's one everybody but a placekicker will love: all extra points are 2-point conversion plays from the 2-yard line. The three of them had a private viewing together. He and Polian, backed by the numbers showing America's passion for the sport, see a huge void the league can fill. "We're going to do something that should have been done a long time ago", Ebersol said.

"Fifty-nine million people play fantasy and 20 million people play only fantasy football", Ebersol.

"So what to do to really empower our fans?" In fact, the league will give them bonuses based on wins/losses, stats, and fan engagement.

Ebersol mysteriously says to "stay tuned".

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