Eight-Team XFL Competitor Plans to Launch in February 2019

Former NFLers involved in league to rival XFL

Charlie Ebersol, the son of original XFL co-founder Dick Ebersol, heads a leadership team that includes former National Football League players and executives. It is the brainchild of Charlie Ebersol, the director of ESPN's 30 for 30 documentary on the XFL that was broadcast past year.

The league will be comprised of players that didn't quite make the NFL cut (duh) and it will also have a number of former stars in advisory and front office roles. The documentary got people talking about the XFL again at the flawless time, and Vince McMahon recently announced that he will be relaunching the XFL in 2020. He emphasized a more family-friendly stance than the previous XFL, downplaying the sexy cheerleaders and violence of the original league and adhering more to the current PG-era of the WWE. The other games will be available via the league's app.

But now it seems that he's going to have some competition, as "This Was The XFL" director Charlie Ebersol has announced that he'll be launching the Alliance of American Football, on February 9, 2019. This league is set to start a year earlier than the XFL, with their first game the week after next year's Super Bowl.

The new league plans to have each of its eight teams play a 10-game regular season.

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Though Ebersol said they are not reinventing football, there will be changes made to the game.

Polian said the league will offer talented players another place to shine, apart from the NFL. "The XFL, USFL as a live event were successful businesses, but expectations were so high". Also, there will no extra points, only two-point conversions after scores, and a 30-second play clock. "Only 1,700 have National Football League jobs", Ebersol said.

Fantasy Football will be an essential component of the AAF's marketing strategy. The inaugural game and the league's championship will air nationally on CBS while CBS Sports Network will broadcast one matchup per week during the regular season. "American football is the only sport where, despite the fact that you've got more college players coming out who've played football than nearly every other sport, you only have 1,700 jobs for all of those guys", he said. Just like the XFL, the Alliance of American Football saw an opportunity to have a more enjoyable broadcast compared to the NFL by making the games faster and limiting commercial breaks. The cities in which the teams will be based will be announced over the next three months. Ebersol: "For me, if I was going to do this, I was always going to do it with the very best football experts". "If you're not committed to seven-to-10 years, you're not taking this seriously". "We're looking for those Kurt Warners working in grocery stores, and we think we will find them". And the Arena Football League lives on, although it will field just four teams this year. Though if that would happen, it would be huge and could already be a knockout punch to the XFL before they even get off the ground.

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