Ex-NFL players to help launch new football league

The Alliance for American Football on Tuesday announced plans for a new American football league as it aims to steal a march on the returning XFL in a bid to attract NFL fans.

The format of Alliance games will be nuanced with a shorter play clock and fewer commercial breaks, when compared with the NFL. Ebersol said they focused on cities and markets with the highest levels of fan engagement, both professionally and collegiately. According to SNL Kagan estimates, CBSSN closed out 2017 with a base of 56.1 million subscribers, making it available in just 47 percent of the country's 119.6 million TV households.

Along with the opening game, the CBS flagship also will carry the AAF's very first championship showdown, which will air during the final weekend in April. It will also have its own app where games can be streamed free of charge and where fans can participate in play-by-play fantasy-football-style gaming.

One difference between Allliance games and the National Football League is that kickoffs will be eliminated, NBC Sports said.

It's yet to be seen if the league will thrive or fail, but it appears to be starting in a good place, with investments from The Chernin Group, Peter Thiel, and others.

"There is a significant amount of football talent looking to begin or extend their professional careers", Polian said. "This is a long-term vision", he said.

Polian, a longtime NFL general manager and current ESPN analyst, will help Ebersol run the league, with other advisors including former NFL stars Troy Polamalu, Justin Tuck, Hines Ward and Ebersol's father Dick, the former head of NBC Sports.

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"As the Alliance of American Football launches next February, we are excited to become the official television partner, adding more football to our robust programming lineup with a great package that includes two primetime games on CBS, as well as a full slate of regular-season spring football on CBS Sports Network", said Sean McManus, Chairman of CBS Sports. "Our investors here understand that it's a 7-10-year plan". The architect of NBC's Olympics coverage and creator of "Sunday Night Football", the elder Ebersol had been instrumental in working with McMahon to get the XFL off the ground back in 2001. The locations of the franchises are scheduled to be announced in the next three months.

To his credit, Dick Ebersol was quick to recognize that the original XFL product left much to be desired. It is the brainchild of Charlie Ebersol, the director of ESPN's 30 for 30 documentary on the XFL that was broadcast previous year. Polian said players released by the National Football League will be "the primary source of talent".

I've long believed a developmental league for the NFL is overdue.

That same point resounded this afternoon.

Whenever you have an endeavor that involves the kind of teamwork football involves, it implies a partnership, the need to get their buy-in and do things, particularly in a startup, that represent their best interest ... to make sure players know we have their best interests at heart.

The league will have a draft after the college season ends. "And sometimes it's about just playing past the first season".

  • Lawrence Cooper