Alliance of American Football To Launch In 2019

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

League executives at a NY press conference describe it as a feeder system to the NFL.

The league plans to have eight teams but has not announced the location of any of the franchises at this time.

Part of the announcement also included plans for Dick Ebersol to serve on the league's board of director's, officially putting the family in direct competition with McMahon.

The league will own all player contracts; rosters will be selected in a number of ways, including a particular coach wanting a player he has coached before or a Florida-based player landing on a Florida team.

The Alliance will eliminate kickoffs and onside kicks, replacing the latter with a fourth-and-10 play that an offense must convert if it wants to keep the ball. And teams must go for a two-point conversion after every touchdown.

Set for a 10-week regular season and four-team playoff, the Alliance - not the AAL, if you please - was formed by veteran TV sports producer Dick Ebersol, former chairman of NBC Sports who also developed Saturday Night Live, and Pro Football Hall of Famer Bill Polian, an ESPN analyst and former NFL GM.

While nothing concrete appears to be in place for the XFL, the Alliance of American Football, which was announced today through ESPN, has announced that it will beat the XFL to market by a full year and has recruited a plethora of NFL veterans to ensure that they hit the ground running. "Only 1,700 have National Football League jobs", Ebersol added.

With hopes of keeping games under 2 1/2 hours, the league will experiment with changing traditional football rules.

While McMahon's league is backed by McMahon's money, Ebersol's league is backed by others, including former Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen, Peter Thiel's Founders Fund and The Chernin Group, which, among other investments, owns a significant share of Barstool Sports. "We're looking for those Kurt Warners working in grocery stores, and we think we will find them". CBS has agreed to air games for the Alliance beginning one week after Super Bowl 53 next year.

According to Ebersol, he plans on fully incorporating Fantasy Football and a media plan into the league.

"The Alliance of American Football represents a fundamental shift in the way we approach professional sports", Charlie Ebersol said. Now there's another league that seems to be more intent on competing with the XFL than the NFL. 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. But at the end of the day, we are complementary to the NFL.

"For years I've been talking, in the football community, about the fact that there's a real need for this", Polian said.



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