Published: Mon, February 11, 2019
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Orlando Apollos rout Atlanta in AAF debut, 40

Orlando Apollos rout Atlanta in AAF debut, 40

The league wants to serve as a platform for players who, for one reason or another, are out of the NFL, with co-founder Bill Polian stating that he hopes to "lose 30 to 40 percent out our players" to the NFL every year.

Former NESN sideline reporter Jamie Erdahl will reprise that role for CBS Sports' coverage of the AAF. "Time will tell if they are", Spurrier said. "It's an opportunity to watch football in the offseason and see what it can become". Instead, teams will attempt the equivalent of a fourth-and-12 play from their 28-yard line. Perhaps most interestedly though, there is a "sky judge" official in the press box that has the authority to reverse an on-field officials' call, or make a call that wasn't made on the field.

In overtime, each team will get the ball at the opposing 10-yard line. And games can end in a tie. The AAF will also offer secondary education scholarships and an internship program.

The Alliance of American Football is taking the football world by storm. So he's been with the team since before its players arrived. It was founded by film and television producer Charlie Ebersol and former National Football League front-office executive Bill Polian. Despite the long list of failed pro football franchises in the Alamo City, the locals ate this stuff up.

Consider this the Bears fans' guide to hopping on the bandwagon and picking an AAF team to root for.

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After years of financial difficulties, Flamengo last year spent £4.7million to expand the Ninho do Urubu facilities. Many players, particularly those who live outside of Rio de Janeiro, stay at the facilities while training.

The AAF got off to a successful start in the ratings book as it filled the post-Super Bowl void for football fans. For those of us already in withdrawals from the lack of Pittsburgh Steelers' football, it might be a nice filler. The league has great talent on all the teams, which are the Arizona Hotshots, Atlanta Legends, Birmingham Iron, Memphis Express, Orlando Apollos, Salt Lake Stallions, San Antonio Commanders, and the San Diego Fleet. The team will be coached by, coaching legend Steve Spurrier.

Having lower-level leagues is good for these platers, but not necessarily good for the guys who now have spots on NFL rosters.

Which brings me to the point where I admit that the quality of play on the offense definitely left some to be desired, but that can just be chalked up to the first game jitters. The league is partnering with MGM Resorts, and the AAF believes its lightning-fast data will eventually allow fans to place in-game bets on the outcomes of each play.

"I'd just like to be a story of growth", Ebersol said. "It's not the economic engine of this business year one".

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