AAF will play mainly on Saturdays, with some Sundays

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As the Alliance of American Football systematically unveils the locations and coaches of its initial eight teams (five of each have been disclosed so far), more details about the new professional football league have emerged.

Via azcentralsports.com, Arizona State A.D. Ray Anderson said Friday that the league will be playing games mostly on Saturdays, with some Sundays. Arizona home games will be played at Sun Devil Stadium, which hosted the NFL’s Cardinals from 1988 through 2005.

The AAF will be avoiding weekday games, due to player safety and fan convenience concerns. By putting a team in Arizona, one of the goals will be to lure baseball fans who are visiting the state during spring training.

The AAF version of the pro game also will be faster paced. Co-founder Charlie Ebersol said at the press conference introducing Rick Neuheisel as head coach of the Arizona team that the games will not have TV timeouts, and that the AAF will use a “more interactive” fantasy game.

9 responses to “AAF will play mainly on Saturdays, with some Sundays

  1. “The AAF will be avoiding weekday games, due to player safety and fan convenience concerns”

    Wow. What an interesting concept.

  2. Says they are going to start play in February? Too soon. Going to be at the start of their season going head to head against March Madness, then The Masters, then opening weekend of baseball with the NHL and NBA playoffs next. Unless you are going for football only sports fans you won’t get a lot of eye balls on your TVs until the season is over. I get it that its too hot to play games in the south staring in June but that is why this is a fall sport.

    The only way I can see a league working is if they waived any sort of age rule. If you are 18 and good enough you can play. Development leagues won’t work if the NCAA has all the talent for the first 3 years. Football isn’t a sport that you can play for a long time. A development league only works if most of the talent spends some time there and careers are long enough to invest in.

    Every so many years someone with money thinks what the public wants is more football and it has never been true. Even in the late 90s when the NFL was truly booming the public didn’t want just any football to get them back to the NFL. They want good football. The NFL doesn’t have enough QBs to go around, these leagues won’t keep the public’s attention for the same reasons others failed.

  3. I was a fan of the USFL growing up and I wish they had never moved to the fall.

    I like that the AAF has some good names involved (Ebersol and several of the coaches), is putting itself in cities where they can develop a local following, is going to be on TV, and has very modest initial preparations (8 teams, 10 games). Remember that arena league football was around for a VERY long time and had some success in some of these 2nd-level population centers.

    I’ll definitely be checking out a little bit of this league when it gets going. I still remember watching the USFL championship game between the Michigan Panthers and the Denver Gold, I believe it was 🙂

  4. BuckyBadger says:
    May 20, 2018 at 4:55 pm
    Says they are going to start play in February? Too soon. Going to be at the start of their season going head to head against March Madness, then The Masters,

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    March madness is a pretty short stint and the Masters has to compete with watching paint dry begore it can challenge football.

  5. March Madness, seriously name 20 close friends that follow it?
    NBA playoffs, next thing next to watching grass grow.
    I will give this new league a look at.

  6. March Madness is nothing more than a catchy name…..

    I don’t care about Backetball – I would much rather watch a REAL sport – one that is not driven by “names” but by TEAMS……

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