Will fans care about spring football?

Charlie Ebersol son of former NBC Sports boss Dick Ebersol announces plans for new pro football league

One week after the Super Bowl.

League executives at a NY press conference describe it as a feeder system to the NFL. There will also be another football league that will be at the forefront after the NFL wraps up its season, coming to a TV near you soon, as the Alliance of American Football will begin its inaugural season in 2019. Several retired players are supporting the new adventure too. The league is aiming for a new kind of broadcast, promising "The game will only stop when it naturally stops". Big money backing the project, including the likes of Peter Thiel's Founders Fund, The Chernin Group, and former Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen.

The league will begin announcing the cities, stadiums and coaches of the teams in April, with rosters largely made up of players cut from the NFL.

"All of these previous attempts have been based on the idea of a one or two-year business model". 'Our investors here understand that it's a seven- to 10-year plan'. CBSSports will televise one game per week. CBS will air two prime time AAF games on its broadcast network next year, plus the full slate of regular-season games on CBS Sports Network.

Unlike the NFL, which does not have rules requiring players to stand for the national anthem, the Alliance of American Football will require any players on the field when the anthem is played to stand, but will allow players to remain off the field if they wish, the New York Daily News reported.

The league plans to have eight teams but has not announced the location of any of the franchises at this time. And the XFL was lambasted mostly for low-quality play because using National Football League cast-offs does not make for compelling competition no matter how many gimmicks are employed.

"As the Alliance of American Football launches next February we are excited to become the official television partner", said CBS Sports Chairman Sean McManus in a statement. The losing team will start on its own 35-yard line with fourth-and-10.

After touchdowns and at the start of each half, the ball will be placed on the offensive team's 25-yard line.

The format of Alliance games will be nuanced with a shorter play clock and fewer commercial breaks, when compared with the NFL. The NFL should swoop up the Alliance, merge it with NFL Europe and create the first true developmental league for football. "We wanted to empower the fans so they will be rewarded for being fans of their team, so fans have a real stake in the league". Players have our commitment that we will seek the highest degree of safety and our support as we continue to invest in their success off the field with post-football career scholarships and financial wellness programs.

While it remains to be seen if either new football league can be successful, the AAF does have a lot of recognizable names with a huge track record of success in the NFL and in broadcasting excellence.

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