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PostPosted: Wed Feb 06, 2019 2:05 pm 
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the new Alliance of American Football (AAF) begins its inaugural season this Saturday February 9 2019 ... here's some info on what it's all about

as a note, Mike Singletary is the HC of the Memphis Express

What is AAF football? Teams, coaches, notable players, schedule for new Alliance of American Football league

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AAF stands for Alliance of American Football, which was announced in March by co-founders Charlie Ebersol and Bill Polian, the latter of whom spent decades working as an NFL executive. It is an eight-team league that exists to both complement the NFL during the offseason and showcase local, developing talent. Its leadership board features former NFL players Jared Allen, Hines Ward and Troy Polamalu, and its mission is to provide "high-quality professional football fueled by a dynamic Alliance between players, fans and the game."



here is their home page with schedules and other details :

Alliance of American Football


and the games will be telecast

2019 Alliance of American Football (AAF) Week 1 TV and Announcer Schedule

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Founded by TV and film producer Charlie Ebersol and Hall of Famer Bill Polian, The Alliance of American Football features eight teams with 52-player rosters playing a 10-week regular season schedule beginning February 9, 2019, followed by two playoff rounds and culminating with the championship game at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas on April 27, 2019. The league’s broadcast and distribution partners include CBS, CBS Sports Network, Turner Sports — TNT and B/R Live (Bleacher Report) — and NFL Network.

The eight cities, stadiums and head coaches are as follows:

* Orlando Apollos / Spectrum Stadium / Steve Spurrier
* Atlanta Legends / Georgia State Stadium / Kevin Coyle
* Memphis Express / Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium / Mike Singletary
* Salt Lake Stallions / Rice-Eccles Stadium / Dennis Erickson
* Arizona Hotshots / Sun Devil Stadium / Rick Neuheisel
* San Diego Fleet / San Diego County Credit Union Stadium / Mike Martz
* Birmingham Iron / Legion Field Stadium / Tim Lewis
* San Antonio Commanders / Alamodome / Mike Riley

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 06, 2019 2:22 pm 
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I will watch. It is football so it can't be all bad. Kind of excited to see it. Outside of hockey, this is a down time for me. Baseball doesn't excite me and I have kind of gotten over college buckets until tourney time.


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 06, 2019 2:29 pm 
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I'll be watching as well, sounds like they want to improve issues in the NFL game compared to trying to add more glitz and glamour like the original XFL attempted to do.

Like Otis said, it's football so it can't be bad... it should be better quality than some of the lesser college football programs.

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Interesting chat about this on the Business of Sports podcast today:

https://www.podcastone.com/the-business ... rew-brandt

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RTAB #130: Charlie Ebersol
Charlie Ebersol, Co-Founder of the Alliance of American Football is this week's guest with Andrew. They talk about how the AAF got its funding, their use of data & analytics, the value of the teams, its relationship with the NFL, & much more.


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I'll probably watch... but man, that's a lot of bad coaches.


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I'm all for these secondary/tertiary leagues to succeed, but because there's so much crosshatching with the NFL, I worry it's built with the intent to fail.

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UOK wrote:
I'm all for these secondary/tertiary leagues to succeed, but because there's so much crosshatching with the NFL, I worry it's built with the intent to fail.



I'm taking a more positive approach on this as it being the NFL's legitimate effort to have a minor league for development

that was kind of what NFL Europe was supposed to be, but then they didn't properly fund it which always struck me as strange ... you have the NFL commissioner gushing all about establishing an overseas market, yet they then allow their own overseas developmental league to fail

I would like to think they learned from that, so we'll see

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The XFL doesn't have any draft eligibility restrictions... so a guy like Trevor Lawrence can get drafted for that league instead of the NFL. I don't know if that helps the NFL or hurts it... I think it helps it.


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haven't checked on the new XFL of late ... I do know they don't get rolling until 2020

wonder if their schedule will be as a competitor to the AAF rather than the NFL

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2019 5:52 pm 
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I'll be checking it out.

6 months without football is a long time.

plus...the more people who watch the better the odds it stays/better quality players being trained up for the pros.

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