Alliance of American Football Is Coming – UPDATED!
UPDATE: June 4th
And then there was 1 left….
Birmingham has been named as the home city for a team in the inaugural season of the Alliance of American Football. The league is set to start play next February. Birmingham joins San Diego, Phoenix, Atlanta, Orlando, Memphis and Salt Lake City as sites where teams will play and one more city will be announced to round out the eight-team league.
The Birmingham Alliance of American Football team has a head coach, and he comes to the Magic City with an extensive NFL resume. Former NFL defensive back and longtime assistant coach Tim Lewis was named the AAF Birmingham franchise’s first head coach.
UPDATE: May 29th
San Diego will be the site of the sixth franchise in the Alliance of American Football league that debuts next February.
The team will play at San Diego County Credit Union Stadium, the former Qualcomm Stadium that was the home of the Chargers.
Former Rams coach Mike Martz, who led St. Louis to the NFC championship in 2001, is set to coach the team, but that won’t become official for a few days.
UPDATE: May 18th
The Alliance of American Football, which will begin play in February of 2019, announced Wednesday that the Valley of the Sun has been awarded an new AAF franchise. The team will play its home games at the Sun Devil Stadium, marking the first time the stadium will host a pro football team since the Arizona Cardinals left for Glendale before the 2006 NFL Season.
The Alliance of American Football has revealed former Valley resident Rick Neuheisel will coach Alliance Phoenix team.
The 57-year-old Neuheisel grew up in Tempe and attended McClintock High School. He played football, basketball and baseball at McClintock and graduated in 1979.
Neuheisel has had three head coaching stints at the NCAA level: at Colorado (1995-98), Washington (1999-2002) and UCLA (2008-11), posting an overall record of 87-59.
UPDATE: May 11th
Salt Lake City, Utah is the fourth franchise location for the new Alliance of American Football league.
The new league has announced Orlando, Atlanta, Memphis and now SLC. The Salt Lake City entry granted Monday will play at Rice Eccles Stadium, home of the Utah Utes of the Pac-12, and the site of the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2002 Winter Olympics.
The Alliance of American Football has unveiled former Utah assistant coach and former coach of the Seattle Seahawks Dennis Erickson as the team’s head coach.
UPDATE: May 5th
The Alliance of American Football the start up football league which will begin playing next February 2019, announced on Friday that Memphis Tennessee is the third city to be selected as a franchise.
Memphis is one of the first three cities awarded a franchise, joining Atlanta and Orlando. The Memphis team will play its games at the Liberty Bowl.
Mike Singletary, former 49ers head coach and Pro Football Hall of Famer, was named as the first head coach for the new Alliance of American Football team in Memphis.
Ten games and eight teams, that is what football fans can expect from the newest addition to professional football.
With the NFL draft just finishing, the Alliance of American Football (AAF) is gearing up for its debut after the next NFL season.
The Alliance of American Football is the newest professional football league that is set to launch February 9, 2019, a week after the biggest event in football, Super Bowl LIII.
After creating a documentary on why WWE chairman Vince McMahon’s XFL football league failed in 2001, Charlie Ebersol has joined forces with former NFL general manager Bill Polian, to feed the appetite of gridiron fans during the NFL’s offseason.
Giving pigskin fans their fix while waiting for the next NFL season is not Ebersol’s only goal. Ebersol believes his new league’s competitive edge is focusing on players’ safety while accumulating fan participation and reaching a broad audience. Fans will be able to watch two of the ten games on CBS, the remaining eight games on CBS Sports Network and a free live stream will be available of every team’s game. As for fans attending the game live person, Ebersol assures affordable ticket prices and a entertaining product.
The NFL’s achilles heel lately is the inability to reduce the amount of concussions resulting from the game. To emphasize head safety, AAF decided to do away with the kickoff and onside kicks. Instead, possession will start on the 25-yard line. The no kickoff isn’t the only rule change from the NFL, two-point conversions will occur after a touchdown, limited replays, and no television timeouts. Excellent article about the new changes for the AAF, read on 5 ways the Alliance of American Football will be different from the NFL
So far only two of the eight cities have been announced, and the sports world continues to wait to hear where the remaining six teams will be located.
The first city revealed was Orlando. In March the AAF announced that Orlando will host an AAF team.
Early April, Hall of Famer Steve Spurrier was named the new head coach of the Orlando team. The 73-year old certainly has a connection with the state of Florida.
As a coach for the Gators he won the national championship and in his college years as a player he won the Heisman Trophy. Still no word yet on any players on the Orlando roster, but its been reported that Spurrier invited former Gator Tim Tebow to join him in Orlando.
The second AAF market announced to host a team was Atlanta.
The Atlanta team will be coached by former head coach of the Minnesota Vikings, Brad Childress along with former Falcons and Eagles quarterback Michael Vick as the offensive coordinator. Some may argue that when you think about football and Atlanta, it’s impossible for Michael Vick’s name not to come to mind. This will not be the first time Childress and Vick have worked together, Childress worked with Vick in Kansas City when Vick was an intern before heading to Fox as an analyst. According to the AAF, the Atlanta team will play at Georgia State Stadium.
New York City, Dallas, Pittsburg, Dallas and Nashville are all cities that have been speculated to host a AAF team. This list does not include any west coast city such as San Diego, Las Vegas, Los Angeles or Oakland. Balance across the country will be important to gain market share within the states, hopefully the AAF will see the big picture.
The AAF seems to going about the creation of a new professional football league the right way, however there will be some bumps in the road. How they handle the bumps will be the key to the success of the league and it’s future in the hearts of Americans.