Alliance of American Football to launch in February 2019

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The XFL is planning a return in 2020, but football fans looking for gridiron action when the NFL hits the offseason won’t have to wait that long.

Charlie Ebersol directed an ESPN 30 for 30 about the first iteration of the XFL, which was a partnership between his father Dick as head of NBC Sports and Vince McMahon, and he announced on Tuesday that the Alliance of American Football will kick off following the Super Bowl in February 2019. Hall of Famer Bill Polian will help oversee the league, which aims to have eight 50-man teams playing a 10-week schedule.

“There are 28,000 Division I football players,” Ebersol said, via ESPN.com. “Only 1,700 have NFL jobs. We’re looking for those Kurt Warners working in grocery stores and we think we will find them.”

One twist planned is the elimination of kickoffs as teams will start on their 25-yard line. Teams that want to try an onside kick will instead get one play from their 35 to gain 10 yards and keep possession of the ball.

Dick Ebersol, Troy Polamalu Hines Ward and Justin Tuck will also be involved with the league, which is set to air its first game and title game on CBS. Other games will appear on CBS Sports Network and streaming on the league’s app.

The league, which has financial backing from Peter Thiel and The Chernin Group, is expected to announce the locations of the eight teams in the coming months.

83 responses to “Alliance of American Football to launch in February 2019

  1. Backed by the Chernin Group? Can’t wait to see Barstool’s involvement in this…The Barstool league going up against the NFL? One team will certainly be the New Your Clowns. Logo already made. This could be good.

  2. I hope they’re successful. It would be nice to see another league give the NFL a swift kick in the groin.

    Probably won’t happen, but we can hope.

  3. waynefontesismyfather says:
    March 20, 2018 at 11:55 am
    Put teams in locations that don’t have professional sports teams. Montana, Idaho, New Mexico, Nebraska. Give the people something to do.

    i agree the west is mad boring and appreciates any kinda entertainment it can get.

  4. waynefontesismyfather says:
    March 20, 2018 at 11:55 am
    Put teams in locations that don’t have professional sports teams. Montana, Idaho, New Mexico, Nebraska. Give the people something to do

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    You forgot Wisconsin

  5. I’d like to see some competition to the NFL. Honest answer there is only so much I can deal with when the Combine becomes big news. But there have been so many of these leagues before – some NFL sponsored like the WLAF – that have just failed. I don’t know how much people want to see the Albuquerque Aztecs or the Nebraska Nomads playing football.

  6. I probably won’t watch, but I’m glad it will exist and hope it’s successful. I think too many talented players are falling between the cracks and not getting the opportunities they need to improve and eventually prove themselves worthy of an NFL roster spot.

    The problem, of course, is my first sentence. I don’t know who is going to watch C-level football. Perhaps kids. I loved the USFL when I was a child.

  7. The NFL needs a farm league. An offseason minor league like this could be a way to get it started.

  8. It’s the B squad league sprinkled with some A team talent that NFL teams have ignored. If anything, this will help the NFL in the end. It will be a farm system for the NFL to poach the talented players from their league without spending all of the money on development.

  9. So Eric Reid might get picked up after all. That’s assuming the league wants those kind of distractions.

    Nevermind, he probably can’t cut it there either.

    But he’s a top 50 PFT FA… Either San Fran was stacked at the safety position or the list is skewed…

  10. This could work. However, they should do it just like college! I actually hate all the shifting and moving around of players. It’s difficult to maintain the loyalty to players and teams! Free agency has also ruined the security in the league and it has created the worst injustice in pay among the rookies, free agents, veterans and the OVERCOMPENSATED GREEDY QB’s and separate-playmakers on a team!!! In no universe can a Tom Brady and Von Miller win a SB on their own. So, they should not be paid as such. The number of guys making $600K a year, like Dak Prescott and compare that to a Kirk Cousins making $28 million a year and he hasn’t even ever had the best record in the conference-EVER, like Dak had in 2016. And Zeke and all those running backs getting used up on rookie deals and then there is no money to recompensate them for their contribution to the teams success.

    And there are a whole lot of other solid, necessary players getting peanuts while QB are eating up every single cent of the teams cap space in their greedy selfishness. They know full well that the team has a cap, and what ever they don’t get is available to share with the other team players. While it sounds good to get all you can because you can, it is the ultimate self centered move as THERE IS A CAP!!! If there was no cap, then go for it, who cares. It is so sad to see the legion of boom broken apart. The compensation in the NFL is a hot ass mess!!! It needs to be fixed. Dak Prescott, salary in 2015 – 2018, $ 2.3 MILLION total, Kirk Cousins, as an example, who has a worse record than Dak 2015 – 2018, $ 67 MILLION over the same three year period. And Daks salary is reflective of many many hard practicing and playing and contributing guys on the typical NFL team. And Kirk cousins -well that is reflective of this QB nonsense that is robbing the other good players. THIS CRAP NEEDS TO BE FIXED NOW!!! IT IS INSANE AND inequitable.

  11. Things haven’t been the same since the World Football League ceased operating back in in the 1970s.

  12. “We’re looking for those Kurt Warners working in grocery stores and we think we will find them.”
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    My life experiences have taught me, its better to be the haystack, not the needle in the haystack.

    Here’s to you though, Vince! I hope this is wildly successful.

  13. Where’s the stipulation that players can’t have a criminal record, must stand for the national anthem, support the 2nd amendment & attend bible study on Sundays?

  14. Competition is always a GOOD THING so if you are a fan of football you should want this to succeed.

    Ask yourself, if this already existed with Commissioner Roger, the professional politician’s son, still be employed?

  15. Des Moines, San Antonio, Portland, Boise, St. Louis, Birmingham, Oklahoma City, Columbus.

  16. So Vince McMahon says he’s going to launch XFL, and will take 2 years to map it out. Then a couple of other jabronis come up with a league that will launch in less than 10 months that is primarily consisting of former NFL folks?

    Seems like a sabotage created by the NFL, where it will fail miserably to undermine interest in the actually thought out XFL. Just like the NFL said they’d revisit the catch rule the day after Vince McMahons announcement where he said his fans will understand what a catch is. Then the NFL proceeded to ignore their crappy catch and review rules during the superbowl.

  17. I hope the winner still get paid more then the losing team. I thought that was a great concept as money seems to be the only thing that really motivates players these days.

  18. We can always use more football. If I was them I would position myself as a feeder league to the NFL. How many great athletes didn’t have the grades to go to college or stay there? Give those guys an alternative way to make it in the NFL.

  19. “There are 28,000 Division I football players,” Ebersol said, via ESPN.com. “Only 1,700 have NFL jobs.” ….. Which makes a good opportunity for the thousands that thought they’d never use the free education and didn’t take college seriously … It beats flipping burgers

  20. Not sure what to think, between this, the Arena League, the upcoming XFL, various minor league indoor teams, the product may be watered down too much.

  21. waynefontesismyfather says:
    March 20, 2018 at 11:55 am

    Put teams in locations that don’t have professional sports teams. Montana, Idaho, New Mexico, Nebraska…
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    …Dallas, Miami, Washington, Indianapolis, Minneapolis

  22. Maybe with the approval of Congress the federal laws on gambling will be changed. Too much potential tax dollars they want to get their hands on. If that happens this league will survive.

  23. thirdistheworrd says: “Bill Polian? So every single player in the league is going to be a bust?”
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    He built the Buffalo Bills that made it to four SBs. He built the expansion Carolina Panthers team that made it to the NFC championship in just it’s second year. He built the Colts team that had seven straight 12+ win seasons.

    Yeah, you’re right. Polian doesn’t know what he’s doing.

  24. So, not long after Vince McMahon announces XFL 2.0, an agent & Adidas are starting their own league in southern California, and now this group is going to launch at the same time. So dumb. Vince McMahon is probably flipping tables this morning.

  25. “There are 28,000 Division I football players,” Ebersol said, via ESPN.com. “Only 1,700 have NFL jobs. We’re looking for those Kurt Warners working in grocery stores and we think we will find them.”

    Unless you are a kicker, then screw you.

  26. flviking says:
    March 20, 2018 at 11:57 am

    Put teams in locations that don’t have professional sports teams. Montana, Idaho, New Mexico, Nebraska. You forgot Wisconsin.

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    How can you not put one in Minnesota? Eight teams – that gives them a 12.5% chance of winning their first ever football championship.

  27. aarons444 says:
    March 20, 2018 at 12:15 pm

    Here’s to you though, Vince! I hope this is wildly successful.
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    Vince has nothing to do with this.

  28. jbaxt says:
    March 20, 2018 at 12:06 pm
    So Eric Reid might get picked up after all. That’s assuming the league wants those kind of distractions.

    Nevermind, he probably can’t cut it there either.

    But he’s a top 50 PFT FA… Either San Fran was stacked at the safety position or the list is skewed…

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    SF had the highest rated safety group in the league outside of Minn. Tartt played the same position as Reid (SS) and graded out as a top 15 overall safety and he’s still on a rookie scale contract. So yes, obviously SF was stacked at safety.

    Do you even watch football?

  29. But what about us FANTASY NERDS who seriously get depressed. An entire new league to gamble on. Doubtfully, but maybe it reaches DraftKings or FanDuel just to gauge interest? Figure they’ll have at least 10 recognizable names.

    Hey ya never know. The AAF could be a bridge QB until college. I’ll take it.

  30. They should merge this with the NFL like what the English premier league does in soccer – relegate the worst teams down to this league and let the winners of that league move up to the NFL.

    Sorry Cleveland…

  31. mmack66 says:
    March 20, 2018 at 12:59 pm

    aarons444 says:
    March 20, 2018 at 12:15 pm

    Here’s to you though, Vince! I hope this is wildly successful.
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    Vince has nothing to do with this.
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    shhhh, never interrupt with anything as mundane as facts.

  32. Outside of NCAA sports there is minimal market for secondary major sports leagues in the NFL. There is barely a market for sports leagues outside of the big 4.

  33. At best, it could be “successful” on a similar attendance/cashflow scale (per game) as minor league baseball.

    At worst, it’s gone in two years, tops.

    I’m betting it will be gone. Same for the new XFL. Two years, tops.

  34. Pretty sure the NFL is funding this league just to kill any chance the XFL would have to succeed.

  35. How convenient this hair-brained idea is being rushed together in 10 months to further water down the talent the XFL is able to sign. This is a complete front. This is the NFL behind the scenes attempting to sabotage the XFL.

    You can’t start a league from scratch in 10 months. I want the NFL To fail so bad, I’m all in with the XFL. This NFL in disguise startup and the actual NFL can go kick rocks.

  36. I’ll give it a shot but let’s be honest the problem is attracting players. It isn’t a horrible finish time for players if their looking to attract nfl attention but would a fringe player rather be on an NFL roster in the offseason or be part of this league? I’d say they would probably rather be on an NFL roster even if they know their going to be just a camp arm before being cut. That means your no longer attracting NFL fringe players but now even lesser players.

  37. The onside throw. Sounds ridiculous. Why don’t you just make the onside kick, the only type of kickoff that’s allowed? You know…to try to maintain some integrity with the rules?

  38. At a time when football’s popularity is declining from Pop Warner to the NFL, two more leagues think they can make it work. Sounds about right.

  39. Cut to Johnny Manziel in Rocky-esque training montage, except instead of snow he’s running through cocaine and strippers.

  40. Wonder what the age limit will be. If it’s low enough, it could attract players to the league instead of college. Instead of having to wait three years for the NFL, a guy could go play his season of NCAA ball as a freshman, leave and then to go play this league til he’s eligible to play NFL or just forgo college all together.

  41. I wonder if they couldn’t have some success picking collegiate towns and filling the rosters with local heroes who didn’t make the NFL. Give Florida a team with Tebow as the QB, etc. The biggest problem these new, lesser leagues face is that there are tons of no-name players. If you stacked the roster with guys the fans did know maybe it catches on.

  42. They need to be in cities without an NFL team both to succeed and to signal to the NFL that they’re no threat. Maybe the NFL will invest in them and work out a system where they send players to develop there. Ala Minor League Baseball.

  43. I love all these posts that say I won’t watch but I hope it’s successful. How do you think it’s supposed to become successful if you don’t invest at a minimum your time?

    If you want to kick the NFL in its can, then invest your time and money elsewhere.

    Or stop whining.

  44. As fun as it would be you cant have a team in Columbus, there is one team in Columbus (and ohio) that matters, and they go by THE Buckeyes

  45. fwippel says:
    March 20, 2018 at 12:13 pm
    I hope they set up a franchise in London.

    Would that be London, England or London,Ontario,Canada..??

  46. People need to temper expectations. This will be minor league football and there is definitely a market for it. Heck, the USL (division 2 pro soccer) pulls in crowds of 20,000 for some teams. It’s too bad, the NFL isn’t more supportive of minor league football because they could use it as a farm system. As stated above, there are plenty of players with nowhere to go after their eligibility runs out in college and they are reaching their athletic prime.

    I don’t know whether this league or the XFL will succeed. Maybe both do or they both fail. Regardless, there is a market for pro ball.

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