Former NFL players involved in new football league

Former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward

Former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward

CBS will air the league's debut game on February 9, 2019, one week after Super Bowl LIII on CBS.

There's a football void after the Super Bowl. However, he and the XFL did briefly enjoy notoriety for the league's physical style and colorful players. Though the USFL and the UFL and the NFL Europe ultimately proved to be failures, Charlie Ebersol enters this business venture armed with knowledge and experience regarding what has worked and what has not worked with any league that has dared to coexist with the NFL.

Ebersol is the son of Dick Ebersol, who was Vince McMahon's partner in the previous iteration of the XFL. Considering the National Football League has been trying to limit certain elements of contact during play, especially on kickoffs, the new approach to eliminating kickoffs altogether might find its way into a discussion in a board room on Park Avenue quite soon. They include Justin Tuck, Hines Ward, and Troy Polamalu among others.

The games that will appear on CBSSN will be live-streamed for free via the league's app, which is now in development. The Chernin Group and Founders Fund have financially backed this new league.

"To help him steer the league, Charlie Ebersol brought on former NFL general manager Bill Polian, now an analyst for ESPN". 'Our investors here understand that it's a seven- to 10-year plan'.

The various spring leagues also will have more than enough interested players. CBSSports will televise one game per week.

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The league's inaugural game and championship game will be broadcast on CBS and one regular-season game per week will air on CBS Sports Network. There is just no way to get fans invested in new players, on new teams, in a new league that produces an inferior product.

According to ESPN's Darren Rovell, the season will run for 10 weeks, consisting of eight 50-man teams which will be unveiled sometime next month.

One of the most intriguing aspects of the AAF is the elimination of kickoffs, which Polian called one of the most "dangerous parts of football". The Alliance of American Football was announced earlier today in a press release. The losing team will just start on their own 35-yard-line with fourth-and-10.

Another twist: There are no extra points. Touchdowns must be followed by two-point conversions, and there will be no kickoffs or onside kicks, as the ball will be placed automatically at the 25-yard line, instead.

Along with good football and names the local market knows, Ebersol said a hallmark of the league will be no TV timeouts and 60 percent fewer commercials, as well as an innovative approach to broadcasting. In fact, the league will give them bonuses based on wins/losses, stats, and fan engagement.

"There is a significant amount of football talent looking to begin or extend their professional careers", Polian said. I can't see how they can make any real money but, believe it or not, I think the Alliance can still be a success.

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