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The AAF Folded
« on: April 04, 2019, 02:07:50 AM »
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On October 16, 2018, the Alliance announced its schedule (indicating the day and location, but not the time, of each game) which has two games each on Saturday and on Sunday most weekends.[19] Quarterback skills training camps were held at the Alamodome in San Antonio on November 12 through 14. On November 27, the league held a four-round "Protect or Pick" quarterback draft in the Esports Arena at Luxor Las Vegas and broadcast on CBS Sports Network.[20]

The AAF began its inaugural, 10-week season on February 9, 2019.[7] The first points in AAF regular season history were scored by kicker Younghoe Koo of the Atlanta Legends, who made a 38-yard field goal against the Orlando Apollos. The first touchdown came in the same game with Orlando quarterback Garrett Gilbert connecting with Jalin Marshall for a 16-yard score.[21] The first shutout was recorded by the Birmingham Iron when they defeated the Memphis Express, 26–0, in Week 1.[22] The first onside conversion (see Rules section, below) was attempted during Week 3, with Atlanta successfully completing a 48-yard pass against Birmingham.[23] The first safety was registered by Atlanta against the Arizona Hotshots in Week 4.[24] The first overtime game occurred in Week 7, with Memphis defeating Birmingham.[25]

A four-team playoff was to be capped with the league's championship game at Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas on April 27. Although Sam Boyd Stadium near Las Vegas was originally announced as the host site, the game was moved to Frisco in March at the behest of its majority investor Thomas Dundon, who negotiated the move with Jerry Jones, owner of the Ford Center.[26]

On April 2, 2019, the AAF suspended all football operations, apparently on AAF chairman Tom Dundon's orders. [27] Players found out about the suspension through the Internet before their coaches confirmed the news.[28]

If the AAF reaches its second season, it will find itself in direct competition with a revived XFL, which is announced to begin play in 2020.[29]

Also probably news to most.. there was a new Football league this year called the AAF.


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Re: The AAF Folded
« Reply #1 on: April 07, 2019, 06:16:33 AM »
So since that didn't work... The XFL is coming back???

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Re: The AAF Folded
« Reply #2 on: April 07, 2019, 09:40:56 AM »
The only league that made a little sense to me was NFL Europe.  I'm not sure what kind of fan base there is in Europe for football but at least they could have those games instead of the NFL having regular season games there.  Bring back the Rhein Fire!

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Re: The AAF Folded
« Reply #3 on: April 07, 2019, 05:35:14 PM »
i enjoyed watching the AAF.

just like i will enjoy watching XFL, part deux.

it's better than that NFL...that whiny, overpaid, girlfriend beating, hey-let's-overkill-the-rules league.
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Re: The AAF Folded
« Reply #4 on: April 08, 2019, 11:53:27 PM »
Well, 2 months. At least they had a good run???

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Re: The AAF Folded
« Reply #5 on: April 09, 2019, 12:10:01 AM »
You have to believe someone did some kind of due diligence before starting this, right?
But it doesn't seem so. It just boggles the mind.

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Re: The AAF Folded
« Reply #6 on: April 09, 2019, 08:15:02 AM »
In the 70's, every sport except baseball had a competing league at one time or another.  There was the ABA, WHA, and the WFL.  The major sports leagues had about half the number of teams as they do now.  There are few markets that are not saturated with teams so it does not make sense to try another league at this point.

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Re: The AAF Folded
« Reply #7 on: May 03, 2019, 12:26:40 PM »
The funding was basically never there in the first place and Charlie Ebersol lied to a lot of people.  I enjoyed the game I went to and was sad that the league folded, but unless a group of donors is willing to lose 150million a year for several years a new league will never work.  That's why the XFL has a legitimate shot of working though as Vince McMahon is putting up nearly a half billion dollars of his own money :o.  The money was simply never there for the AAF :/

Here's a recent story/great read talking about what happened in more detail.  If you followed the league at all it's worth the read:

https://www.si.com/nfl/2019/04/30/alliance-american-football-aaf-collapse-charlie-ebersol-tom-dundon

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Re: The AAF Folded
« Reply #8 on: May 06, 2019, 10:40:06 AM »
It's like when you see a restaurant open then close in 2 months.

You have to be able to afford to lose money for awhile on certain things before it has any hope of being profitable.

On the AAF the profitable part was always a question as the XFL is hitting next year and no way 3 Professional Football leagues are surviving.

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Re: The AAF Folded
« Reply #9 on: May 06, 2019, 01:28:08 PM »
I'm surprised the AAF had a TV deal, although I doubt that paid much.