Published: Mon, February 11, 2019
Sport | By Joe Gonzales

Alliance Of American Football Debut Draws Millions Of Viewers On CBS

Alliance Of American Football Debut Draws Millions Of Viewers On CBS

Social media reaction to the games - San Diego Fleet vs. San Antonio Commanders, Atlanta Legends vs. Orlando Apollos - was mostly positive. In several interviews, executives from the newly formed league shared a similar message - that the league is created to give a second opportunity or act as a breeding ground for future NFL talent, and it shows in the makeup of the rosters for these teams.

Co-founder Bill Polian was very excited to announce the beginning of this new league, but was very direct in his intentions behind the league.

There were some refreshing twists to the AAF brand of football, which does aim to complement, not compete with, the NFL.

There are no kickoffs, with each team starts a possession after a score or at the start of a half at its 25-yard line.

Onside kicks have been replaced by an onside conversion. The play clock will only run 35 seconds, five seconds shorter than the NFL. The team will be coached by, coaching legend Steve Spurrier.

In 1990, Spurrier was hired to come back to the University of Florida as their head football coach - where in 11 years he won a National Championship and 6 SEC Championships. The colors on the team's logo are specific representations of Florida.

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The Alliance of American Football is here to provide more football while the NFL season is over. At 8 p.m., the Salt Lake Stallions play the Arizona Hotshots (NFL Network).

Michael Waddell, the President of the Orlando Apollos, has big plans for fan engagement.

In stark contrast to the thousands who tailgate in a festive atmosphere before UCF games in the fall, only a smattering of fans mingled in a plaza near the 44,000-seat stadium on a cloudy and windy evening.

None of those teams seemed relevant to what went on Saturday night, when a mostly full lower bowl in the Alamodome (no tickets were sold for the upper decks) went mad for all the pregame trappings of pro football: ugly green fake turf, a massive American flag for the anthem, a William Barret Travis-type guy on a galloping horse and pyrotechnics. Having only rushed for 100 yards three times in 46 games, Richardson was released by the Colts and could not stick with the Oakland Raiders or Baltimore Ravens either. The NFL Network has agreed to broadcast 19 games throughout the entire season, while CBS will air one AAF game per week.

The AAF's first season will wrap up with the championship game April. 27. He'll be hoping for a better turn out when Memphis faces the Arizona Hotshots next Saturday.

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