"Charlie Ebersol, who directed a documentary on the XFL that aired past year as part of ESPN's 30 for 30 series, announced Tuesday that his league, the Alliance of American Football, plans to debut February".
While Ebersol and Polian's presentation wasn't exactly overladen with details-as with McMahon's XFL presser, the formal introduction to the AAF did not include any information about which cities were expected to host the eight startup teams-securing distribution on CBS/CBS Sports Network represents a significant development for the upstart league.
The XFL was first launched in 2001, the same year that The Alliance invaded the WWF, and would be put on hiatus after just one season until the start of 2018, when Vince McMahon announced the league would return in 2020 to compete with the NFL.
What truly sets the announcement of the Alliance of American Football apart from that of the XFL is that the former already has a television deal in place to air in the US.
Other games will be telecast on the CBS Sports Network. To differentiate the Alliance of American Football from its competitors, there will be no TV timeouts and 60 percent fewer commercials.
"Fifty-nine million people play fantasy and 20 million people play only fantasy football", Ebersol told ESPN of his plans. Former NFL player Justin Tuck will also serve with the league as a player of engagement board of advisor.
The league will own all player contracts; rosters will be selected in a number of ways, including a particular coach wanting a player he has coached before or a Florida-based player landing on a Florida team.
"We firmly believe the next Kurt Warner and Adam Vinatieri is out there", Polian said. "We have to be able to take advantage of the people who just stop playing fantasy when the National Football League season ends". That team will be given the ball at their own 35-yard line, and will be given a fourth-and-10 to begin the "drive".
Eight-Team XFL Competitor Plans to Launch in February 2019
Play clocks will be dropped down to 30 seconds and the point after has been removed completely in favor of two-point conversions.
If you want more football, your going to get more football. "Our investors here understand that it's a seven-to-10-year plan".
The league will have eight teams, which will be announced over the next three months.
The suddenly-rival XFL, that short-lived league best remembered for some wacky rules and nicknames like "He Hate Me" on uniforms, also is being revived. But it won't be the only new professional football league - or even the first to begin play.
The Alliance of American Football will kick off the following Sunday. The players will come from high-level college teams, those who don't make the NFL, and those from other professional football leagues.
The AAF is being spearheaded by Charlie Ebersol, director of ESPN's "30 for 30".
Does America need more pro football? Nickname it "The Alliance", call it "The AAF" or whatever, but we gotta do something about that.
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