After the way that the AAF got started on Saturday, there is real hype about the new football league taking the world by storm.
Football isn't over just yet, even if the NFL season has come to a close.
There's been demand for a pro football spring league for quite some time, and someone finally made a decision to seize the moment: the Alliance of American Football, or AAF. Their goal is, obviously, to get football fans to watch as much of their product as possible, and they succeeded on Saturday. He also scored the two-point conversion to practically put the game away.
However, the new league will be slightly different from the NFL that we all know and love, starting with the different rules between the two leagues.
Although Rovell reported that the AAF beat the National Basketball Association in viewership, there are also reports that they ultimately drew the same amount of viewers, with the National Basketball Association game having a higher peak. Former Steelers safety Troy Polamalu will serve as Head of Player Relations, while longtime Pittsburgh receiver Hines Ward takes charge of Football Development.
As of the AAF's opening weekend, the only former Saints player on the Memphis roster was linebacker Davis Tull, a UT-Chattanooga graduate who was waived in 2016. Retired defensive ends Jared Allen and Justin Tuck will advise on Player Relations, as officiating consultants Mike Pereira and Dean Blandino offer up the experience they both acquired as the NFL's Vice President of Officiating. Social media reaction to the games - San Diego Fleet vs. San Antonio Commanders, Atlanta Legends vs. Orlando Apollos - was mostly positive. The team will be coached by, coaching legend Steve Spurrier. The Iron now has seven former Steelers on their roster. Fans will be able to log on to an app during the games and interact with a livestreamed broadcast. Some of those changes are that there are no kickoffs or extra points - teams must always go for two after a touchdown- the play clock is 35 seconds instead of 40 seconds and there are no television timeouts.
"I'd just like to be a story of growth", Ebersol said.
For Birmingham, today's game marks the first return of professional sports to their city in 20 years.
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