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Fri Feb 08, 2019 7:17 pm

I’m getting really excited about the AAF! I ended up snagging a pair of season tickets to the Orlando Apollo’s for $50 each and then three more single game ticket for $10 each. I’m going to have fun tomorrow night. It’ll be interesting to see how it does.

I was also a season ticket holder for the AAFL which sadly never saw its first game due to the 2008 downturn. I like supporting alternatives to the NFL.

https://aaf.com/orlando-apollos/
 
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Re: AAF

Sat Feb 09, 2019 3:25 pm

https://www.cbssports.com/aaf/news/2019 ... re-season/

The inaugural AAF games are at 8PM EST tonight. Here is the complete regular season schedule:

Week 1
Atlanta at Orlando
Saturday, Feb. 9, 8 p.m., CBS

San Diego at San Antonio
Saturday, Feb. 9, 8 p.m., CBS

Memphis at Birmingham
Sunday, Feb. 10, 4 p.m., CBS Sports Network

Salt Lake at Arizona
Sunday, Feb. 10, 8 p.m., NFL Network


Week 2
Salt Lake at Birmingham
Saturday, Feb. 16, 2 p.m., TNT

Arizona at Memphis
Saturday, Feb. 16, 8 p.m., NFL Network

Orlando at San Antonio
Sunday, Feb. 17, 4 p.m., CBS Sports Network

Atlanta at San Diego
Sunday, Feb. 17, 8 p.m., NFL Network


Week 3
Arizona at Salt Lake
Saturday, Feb. 23, 3 p.m., B/R Live (Bleacher Report streaming service)

Memphis at Orlando
Saturday, Feb. 23, 8 p.m., NFL Network

Birmingham at Atlanta
Sunday, Feb. 24, 4 p.m., CBS Sports Network

San Antonio at San Diego
Sunday, Feb. 24, 8 p.m., NFL Network


Week 4
Orlando at Salt Lake
Saturday, March 2, 4 p.m., B/R Live

San Diego at Memphis
Saturday, March 2, 8 p.m., NFL Network

San Antonio at Birmingham
Sunday, March 3, 4 p.m., CBS Sports Network

Atlanta at Arizona
Sunday, March 3, 8 p.m., NFL Network


Week 5
Orlando at Birmingham
Saturday, March 9, 2 p.m., B/R Live

Salt Lake at San Diego
Saturday, March 9, 8 p.m., NFL Network

Memphis at Atlanta
Sunday, March 10, 4 p.m., CBS Sports Network

San Antonio at Arizona
Sunday, March 10, 8 p.m., NFL Network


Week 6
Memphis at Salt Lake
Saturday, March 16, 4 p.m., B/R Live

Arizona at Orlando
Saturday, March 16, 8 p.m., NFL Network

San Antonio at Atlanta
Sunday, March 17, 4 p.m., CBS Sports Network

Birmingham at San Diego
Sunday, March 17, 8 p.m., NFL Network


Week 7
Orlando at Atlanta
Saturday, March 23, 3 p.m., B/R Live

Salt Lake at San Antonio
Saturday, March 23, 8 p.m., NFL Network

San Diego at Arizona
Sunday, March 24, 4 p.m., CBS Sports Network

Birmingham at Memphis
Sunday, March 24, 8 p.m., NFL Network


Week 8
Orlando at Memphis
Saturday, March 30, 2 p.m., B/R Live

San Diego at Salt Lake
Saturday, March 30, 8 p.m., NFL Network

Atlanta at Birmingham
Sunday, March 31, 4 p.m., CBS Sports Network

Arizona at San Antonio
Sunday, March 31, 8 p.m., NFL Network


Week 9
Memphis at San Antonio
Saturday, April 6, 4 p.m., B/R Live

San Diego at Orlando
Saturday, April 6, 8 p.m., NFL Network

Salt Lake at Atlanta
Sunday, April 7, 4 p.m., CBS Sports Network

Birmingham at Arizona
Sunday, April 7, 8 p.m., NFL Network


Week 10
San Antonio at Salt Lake
Friday, April 12, 8 p.m., B/R Live

Atlanta at Memphis
Saturday, April 13, 8 p.m., NFL Network

Birmingham at Orlando
Sunday, April 14, 3:30 p.m., CBS Sports Network

Arizona at San Diego
Sunday, April 14, 8 p.m., NFL Network
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Re: AAF

Sat Feb 09, 2019 3:43 pm

Which AAF team will win the first championship?
https://www.cbssports.com/aaf/news/aaf- ... -football/

AAF league management: Charlie Ebersol, Bill Polian, J.K. McKay, Hines Ward
Team - Coach, General Manager
Arizona Hotshots - Rick Neuheisel, Phil Savage
Orlando Apollos - Steve Spurrier, Tim Ruskell
San Antonio Commanders - Mike Riley, Moose Johnston
Salt Lake Stallions - Dennis Erickson, Randy Mueller
Atlanta Legends - Kevin Coyle, Bill Devaney
Birmingham Iron - Tim Lewis, Joe Pendry
San Diego Fleet - Mike Martz, David Boller
Memphis Express - Mike Singletary, Will Lewis

Here's a quick FAQ:
http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/2590 ... all-season
https://www.cbssports.com/aaf/news/aaf- ... ll-league/
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Re: AAF

Sun Feb 10, 2019 12:33 am

That was a blast! It was very exciting, especially since we won. The rule differences versus both college and NFL all felt pretty good. The game pace was really good.

I’m rooting for my home city to do well. Also, seeing Astronaut Walter Cunningham of Apollo 7 was pretty amazing.
 
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Re: AAF

Sun Feb 10, 2019 7:11 am

It's always more fun when your team is winning. I would argue that Steve Spurrier makes entertaining football games, too.

It looked rather wet towards the end of the game. A Floridian probably knew to bring a poncho.
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Re: AAF

Sun Feb 10, 2019 10:37 am

It never got heavier than a drizzle, so I was fine in my hoodie. A Floridian isn’t scare of getting a little wet. :wink:
 
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Re: AAF

Mon Feb 11, 2019 5:55 am

AAF opening week attendance:
San Antonio Commanders attendance: 27,857. Alamodome capacity: 64,000
Orlando Apollos attendance: 20,191. Spectrum Stadium capacity: 44,206
Birmingham Iron attendance: 17,039. Legion Field capacity: 71,594. (New field under construction for 2021.)
Arizona Hotshots attendance: between 10,000 and 15,000. Sun Devil Stadium capacity: 53,599
Atlanta Legends - Georgia State Stadium capacity: 24,333
Salt Lake Stallions - Rice-Eccles Stadium capacity: 45,807
Memphis Express - Liberty Bowl capacity: 58,325
San Diego Fleet - SDCCU Stadium capacity: 70,561
The Fleet's official twitter account: "Fun fact, the LA Chargers’ stadium has a maximum capacity of 27,000." That's smaller than 107 NCAA college football teams' stadiums. The LA Chargers had a great NFL team in 2018 but had an average home attendance of only 25,406.
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Re: AAF

Mon Feb 11, 2019 7:34 am

The UCF stadium felt tiny at only 45k capacity. It was about half-full. I don’t know how much of that was the threat of rain keeping people away.
 
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Re: AAF

Mon Feb 11, 2019 7:42 am

20k is pretty good attendance for this level. The alliance also has revenue from broadcast, streaming and gambling. All eight teams are owned and operated by Legendary Field Exhibitions LLC, so individual teams aren't depending on just their home ticket sales to keep that team afloat. I hope that they succeed, especially with the revived XFL set to challenge them next year.

https://www.cbssports.com/aaf/news/aaf- ... landscape/
Ben Kercheval wrote:
Each player is on a three-year, non-guaranteed $250,000 contract. However, there are still two ways AAF players can earn bonuses: team-based, performance incentives and individual, fan engagement incentives. The team bonuses are achieved whenever one side of the ball does something significant, like score touchdowns. If, say, the Orlando Apollos have the highest scoring offense in the alliance, every offensive player gets an equal amount of "coins." Similarly, if San Antonio's defense leads the league in scoring defense, the defense gets a bonus. On an individual level, players can earn bonuses through their work in their local communities and social media outreach for good causes because that builds the goodwill between teams and fanbases.

"If you're a person that really gives back to your local community, and goes above and beyond, you're gonna earn more in the way of bonuses," Polian said. "If you happen to play on a team that has a great defense, because it's a team game, you'll earn money there. Whether you're the marquee corner or the backup nose tackle, everybody will get the same, so you're incentivized to play great as a team, not as an individual."
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Re: AAF

Fri Feb 15, 2019 6:30 am

https://www.cbssports.com/aaf/news/aaf- ... ch-online/
Ben Kercheval has picked the under for all four games this weekend. With new offenses still getting themselves sorted out, it may be a few weeks before we see a lot of scoring.

https://www.cbssports.com/aaf/news/aaf- ... arterback/
Ben Kercheval wrote:
The story of Birmingham Iron quarterback Luis Perez is among the most unique examples of determination and perseverance in professional football. Yet, few people know the full scope of it.
Grammar peeve: Something is either unique or it isn't. There are no varying degrees of one-of-a-kind.

Perez' story is still quite amazing. This is the sort of opportunity that the Alliance aims to provide. All of these players are plucky underdogs trying to make it to the big time in the NFL.
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