There was only one touchdown, scored by Commanders running back Kenneth Farrow II late in the game, but plenty of sacks (six) and interceptions (three) of San Diego quarterbacks. Other startup football leagues like the USFL and XFL did fantastic ratings right away, and then those fizzled quickly. It was founded by film and television producer Charlie Ebersol and former National Football League front-office executive Bill Polian.
The players were allocated to their teams by region based on where they played college football or last played with an NFL or CFL club.
Instead of kickoffs, which the league decided slow down the game and create too many injuries, the ball will simply start on the 25-yard line after each score or at the beginning of each half. Still, if the idea is that competition leads to better quality, more football leads to enhanced competition leads to, in theory, an improved product. The AAF will restrict teams to a 30-second play clock, rather than the 35-second clock that teams receive in the NFL. Should they make it in for the score, the team must also go for a two-point conversion. Orlando is led by legendary college coach Steve Spurrier, while former San Francisco 49ers head coach Mike Singletary will manage the Express.
Getty Christian Hackenberg will start for the Memphis Express. The colors on the team's logo are specific representations of Florida.
That's a heck of a victory for the new football league, which generally played to positive reviews in its opening week.
"Our games have been reimagined to be faster, with fewer commercials and more action", said Waddell.
The AAF has already found multiple broadcast partners for the 2019 season.
So the Alliance of American Football launches in two hours, and you may be asking yourself whether you should watch the game that will be broadcast on CBS. Every AAF game will be available to watch thanks to the league's media partners - CBS, Turner Sports, and NFL Network.
He led Florida to a national championship in 1996, left the Gators five years later to coach the Washington Redskins for two seasons, then ended a long college career when he walked away from a decade-long stay at SC six games into the 2015 season.
Five teams, the Birmingham Iron, Salt Lake Stallions, Orlando Apollos, and San Diego Fleet, and San Antonio Stallions will be hosted by a market without a professional football team.