Former NFL players involved in new football league

Dean Simpson
March 21, 2018

To help him steer the league, Charlie Ebersol brought on former NFL general manager Bill Polian, now an analyst for ESPN. Not only that, but the league has already signed a television contract with CBS Sports and will be run by Charlie Ebersol, who directed the ESPN 30 for 30 documentary that aired on the XFL a year ago. The league will also draw from the pool of undrafted college players and others who are not on an NFL roster.

The football world has been giddy for the past couple of months at the thought of the return of the XFL in 2020. They will also launch a smartphone app on which fans will be able to stream games and play fantasy football. The new football league will play a 10-week season, starting February 9, 2019, one week after the NFL season concludes with Super Bowl LIII and one year prior to the expected start of the relaunched XFL.

Other advisers include Dick Ebersol and former National Football League players Hines Ward and Justin Tuck.

To help him steer the league, Ebersol brought on former NFL general manager Bill Polian, now an analyst for ESPN. In addition, Ebersol wants games to be affordable, with good seats available at $35. It will be interesting to see if this new league can attract fans with a different style of player, but they are trying to change some rules to make things more fun for fans. "The XFL, USFL as a live event were successful businesses, but expectations were so high". There will be a two-point conversion attempt after every touchdown.

Ebersol said he know the league isn't going to blow up overnight and that it will take time and patience for it to catch on. "How many Kurt Warners are in grocery stores somewhere waiting to be discovered?"

The Alliance of American Football will begin play the Sunday after the Super Bowl - Feb. 8, 2019 - with the opening game broadcast on CBS as part of a multi-year deal and other digital platforms. "We believe fans and players are what's most important, so our approach is simple - we've created an Alliance where fans and players share in the success of their teams".

Details are still a little sketchy, but the AAF already has a broadcasting deal in place with CBS, which is a huge step as far as exposure goes. "Our investors here understand that it's a seven- to 10-year plan".

Back in January, WWE owner and CEO Vince McMahon announced the revival of the old XFL, promising a faster game, an absence of politics and a policy excluding players with criminal records.

Among the ex-NFLers involved in the Alliance of American Football are Troy Polamalu and Hines Ward, who will work with players, and Justin Tuck, who will serve as an adviser.

Forget the XFL, there is another pro football league coming in the offseason and it will start next year.

There will be no kickoffs, no insides kicks, no TV timeouts, a 30-second play clock and two coaches replay challenges per team for only "consequential plays".

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