Ex-NFL players back new pro American football league

ALLIANCE

Speaking to the press Tuesday morning from the Park Hyatt hotel in Manhattan, Ebersol and former Buffalo Bills GM and Indianapolis Colts President Bill Polian took the wraps off their blueprint for the AAF, a new spring football league that's slated to debut on February 8, 2019-the Saturday following CBS's coverage of Super Bowl LIII. The XFL played its only season in 2001 and was a partnership between McMahon and Ebersol's father, Dick Ebersol, who was the head of NBC Sports at the time. The XFL is set to be revived in 2020, McMahon announced in January.

Perhaps most intriguingly of all, Ebersol says the games will have 60 percent fewer commercials than National Football League games, and there will be no TV timeouts.

"And there are 59 million who play fantasy sports, 29 million of them stopped when football ended".

The league will be comprised of players that didn't quite make the NFL cut (duh) and it will also have a number of former stars in advisory and front office roles. The league is also getting some backing from Peter Thiel's Founders Fund and The Chernin Group, who owns a sizable percentage of Barstool Sports. During a live Q&A, Vince McMahon stated that he would remain "hands-off" in regards to the day-to-day running of things, and admitted that no broadcast plans were now in place and that the teams and cities in which they play were yet to be decided. "We're looking for those Kurt Warners working in grocery stores, and we think we will find them". "We have to be able to take advantage of the people who just stop playing fantasy when the National Football League season ends". Also, there will no extra points, only two-point conversions after scores, and a 30-second play clock.


From the sound of ESPN's reporting, the league seems to be aiming to be more like the stable CFL than the exciting but volatile XFL.

While many football fans took to social media to voice concern, the AAF has made some big promises, including win bonuses, stat bonuses and fan engagement bonuses for the players. "Our investors here understand that it's a seven- to 10-year plan". The Alliance of American Football was announced earlier today in a press release. This time, it's the Alliance of American Football, and it's coming after the XFL. And apparently, we have former NFL GM Bill Polian XFL documentary maker Charlie Ebersol are to thank. Teams will be stacked with 50-man rosters, and players will be signed in regional drafts.

"We will give players an opportunity to flourish on the field while establishing plans to support their personal and professional growth, health, safety and financial well-being". Though if that would happen, it would be huge and could already be a knockout punch to the XFL before they even get off the ground. The inaugural match will be broadcast on CBS, as will the championship game. Nickname it "The Alliance", call it "The AAF" or whatever, but we gotta do something about that.

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