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Monday, February 11, 2019

The Alliance of American Football began play Saturday night with a regional game broadcast on CBS. I saw the Steve Spurrier-coached Orlando Apollos defeat the Atlanta Legends 40-6. The game had better ratings than an excellent Rockets/Thunder matchup on ABC. The league positions itself as a development league for the NFL and brought some new innovations: no kickoffs, extra point kicks or onside attempts; no blitzing by more than five players; live audio of the replay official making a decision; and games that end in a tie after both teams have one offensive series beginning at the opponent's 10-yard-line.

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Big fan of the games I saw last weekend. I want to root for the Orlando team, but they're playing like the patriots of the league (undefeated, with more points scored than all other teams combined last season).

I like how there are no kickoffs, but teams can choose to "onside" and have it on their 35yd line, but it is a 4th and 12 situation. Big factor which makes me a fan: limited commercial breaks, and when there were commercials during the game, it was split screen while the game was being played! Much more fluid than a regular NFL game. Very thankful for football during the regular offseason.

#1 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2019-02-11 07:26 AM | Reply

Hopefully someone better than Tommy Maddox will emerge from this league.

#2 | Posted by TheTom at 2019-02-11 01:20 PM | Reply

Saw some of the highlights and it looked like what it was, something between college and NFL.

Like the socialist pay scale; three-year, non-guaranteed contracts worth $250,000 each. average of $75,000 per season for all positions.

Polian said a contract will include state-of-the-industry health insurance and an education stipend to any player who completes a year in the league.

www.espn.com

#3 | Posted by Corky at 2019-02-11 01:45 PM | Reply

"split screen while the game was being played!"

What an absolute fantastic idea. However, the advertising rates must be paltry.

#4 | Posted by CrisisStills at 2019-02-12 11:54 AM | Reply

they already do the split screen for commercials on NFL games.

#5 | Posted by kwrx25 at 2019-02-12 12:58 PM | Reply

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