CBS unveils AAF broadcast teams


One week after CBS televised Super Bowl LIII, it will televise the debut of the Alliance of American Football, the first of a flurry of new football leagues, all of which hope to be fueled by the ongoing expansion of legalized wagering.

When the AAF launches on Saturday, February 9, CBS will televise a pair of regional games in the same time slot, with Spero Dedes, Trent Green, and Tiki Barber handling the San Diego-San Antonio contest and Andrew Catalon and Gary Danielson working Atlanta-Orlando. Jamie Erdahl and Melanie Collins will report from the sidelines, respectively.

CBS Sports Network will televise a Sunday game every week, with Ben Holden, Adam Archuleta, and John Schriffen handling the call.

While none of these teams rise to the level of Nantz and Romo, the Saturday squads consist of folks with NFL chops, and Archuleta has worked plenty of NFL games, too. The assignments will give the games a boost of legitimacy, which could help get some viewers to tune in out of curiosity. Ultimately, however, the quality of the games — and/or the interest in betting on them — is the thing that will determine whether or not the league succeeds, especially with the XFL looming in 2020.

10 responses to “CBS unveils AAF broadcast teams

  1. I wonder if the AAF was smart enough to negotiate with CBS for a 30 second spot during the Super Bowl? Seems like a no-brainer if both parties want success, but then again I could easily see the NFL flexing their muscles to avoid having another league advertise during their biggest game ever.

  2. I’ll also watch but I think they’ll have to establish themselves as quickly as possible with the XFL looming.

  3. The AAF has good relations with the NFL and will have a commercial during the Super Bowl.

  4. Haven’t watched an “alternative” league since the USFL in the 80s. The talent pool is already stretched too thin. The NFL can’t find 32 franchise QBs 32 pass rushers, 32 star receivers, and 32 quality RBs to be in the league at the same time – so how good will these other leagues possibly be?

  5. Year round football is a good thing. I’ll watch before I watch a minute of basketball and God forbid spring or regular season baseball.

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