AAF Opens With Strong Ratings In Debut Saturday

Orlando Apollos rout Atlanta in AAF debut, 40-6

The Alliance of American Football is here to provide more football while the NFL season is over.

The new spring professional league debuted Saturday night and lived up to the hype. This way, the AAF will hope to generate more of a fan interest by keeping players close to their local ties.

The AAF's first season will wrap up with the championship game April 27. At all. There will still be a coin toss, with the victor deciding whether to receive or defer, but the team that receives the ball will simply send out its offense to start from their own 25-yard line.

Nevertheless, this is great news for the AAF and bodes well for the future of the league. We've seen it before with the USFL in the 1980s, and later with Vince McMahon's XFL in the early 2000s.

The AAF will continue to look to keep football fans' attention during the offseason. For those of us already in withdrawals from the lack of Pittsburgh Steelers' football, it might be a nice filler. Retired defensive ends Jared Allen and Justin Tuck will advise on Player Relations, as officiating consultants Mike Pereira and Dean Blandino offer up the experience they both acquired as the NFL's Vice President of Officiating.

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The Apollos' head coach Steve Spurrier is no stranger to the state of Florida.

For the Arizona Hotshots, that means that the likes of former Arizona Cardinals quarterback Trevor Knight, as well as Pac-12 alums like Scooby Wright III, Josh Huff and Thomas Durante are all featured on the roster. One of the central components of this plan is the league's tech platform.

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.

This one is quite interesting, and will definitely impact how the AAF will be different from the National Football League, especially on the defensive side of the ball. "It's not the economic engine of this business year one".

Startup professional football leagues have a tendency to fade out as they struggle to maintain fan interest for a long period.

Another other option to stream today's Birmingham and Memphis AAF football is via FuboTV that includes CBS in all of their packages, and also includes NFL Network.

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