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New league will go without kickoffs, and NFL will watch closely

Posted by Michael David Smith on April 8, 2018, 4:52 AM EDT
 

The NFL seems to be moving toward eliminating kickoffs, and leading the way will be the new Alliance of American Football.

That upstart league, which will begin play in 10 months, will not have any kickoffs. The biggest obstacle to the NFL’s desire to eliminate kickoffs has been figuring out what to do about onside kicks, and the new league will allow teams to try to keep the ball after scoring by running one offensive play, needing 10 yards to get the ball.

“The kickoff is the least popular play, so why do we still have it?” league founder Charlie Ebersol said on CBS. “If you want to go for an onside kick, we give you the ball on your own 35 facing fourth-and-10. If you can convert you get to keep the ball and go. If you don’t, the other team gets the ball.”

The NFL so far hasn’t had anything to say about the Alliance of American Football, but you can bet they’ll be watching how football without kickoffs works. If fans like it and injuries are reduced, which are the two reasons Ebersol cited for changing the longstanding rule, don’t be surprised if the NFL follows suit.

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So Professional football fans will soon have another option to watch. The spring League is under way and soon the AAF may get started. With XFL just right around the corner, football fans may be spoiled for choice!

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Steve Spurrier announced as first coach and Orlando first host city for Alliance of American Football
Charlie Ebersol and Hines Ward announced on "CBS This Morning: Saturday'' that Steve Spurrier will coach Orlando

Steve Spurrier is returning to football.  Alliance of American Football

The Alliance of American Football, a new professional spring league set to debut next February, revealed on "CBS This Morning: Saturday" that the first host city will be Orlando, with college football Hall of Famer Steve Spurrier set to coach.

The Alliance's co-founder Charlie Ebersol, former NFL wide receiver Hines Ward, who is serving as an executive of player relations, and Spurrier himself joined "CBS This Morning: Saturday" to discuss the new league, which will kick off just one week after next year's Super Bowl.

The games will be available to stream on a free app, on CBS and CBS Sports Network. Teams in eight different cities will play a 10-game season.

CBS will air the league's debut game on Feb. 9, 2019, one week after Super Bowl LIII on CBS. The network will also carry the Alliance of American Football's championship game on the final weekend of April 2019. One regular-season Alliance game will air exclusively on CBS Sports Network each week as well.

"We brought in the best players and the best coaches to be at the top of the organization. We wanted to give fans not just an opportunity to see great football but to see what would happen if you brought the players and the league together," Ebersol said. 

The younger Ebersol, who directed ESPN's "30 for 30" documentary on the XFL, brought in former NFL general manager Bill Polian to help oversee the league. Former Steelers safety Troy Polamalu will oversee the player side and former USC standout and executive J.K. McKay will oversee the team side. Advisors include Ward and Justin Tuck, and Dick Ebersol.

The league will have eight teams in eight cities. Rosters will have 50 players each and will be built primarily through a regionally-based draft that will be held this fall. To differentiate the Alliance of American Football from its competitors, there will be no TV timeouts and 60 percent fewer commercials. Other differences will include no kickoffs and instead of onside kicks, the trailing team will receive the ball on their own 35-yard line facing fourth down and 10. There will also be a 30-second play clock and mandatory two-point conversion attempts after touchdowns. 

Spurrier, who left both Florida and South Carolina as those programs' winningest head coach, said he was intrigued by the new rules of the game, which include two-and-half hour games and 30 seconds in between plays, and the opportunity to include great players who don't make it into the NFL.

"It's a fine line between who makes a team and who doesn't in the NFL. We don't have a minor league of professional football," Spurrier said. "Those players get a chance to continue playing even if they don't play at the highest level and then maybe someday they play well enough to go to the highest level."

For Ward, it's all about the well-being of the players. "Player safety, that's top priority. I mean, that's something we want to bring to our league.

Spurrier's team will play its home games at the University of Central Florida's Spectrum Stadium, which sits roughly 13 miles outside of Orlando. Tickets to see Spurrier's team in action will go on sale later this month. Starting on April 17, fans will be able to put down season-ticket deposits on the league's website, AAF.com. 

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https://aaf.com/

The new leagues website

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The kickoff is the least popular play, so why do we still have it?” league founder Charlie Ebersol said on CBS

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Devin Hester to Ebersol....." You are ridiculous!" wink

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Report: Rick Neuheisel to coach in Alliance of American Football

Posted by Josh Alper on April 9, 2018, 10:58 AM EDT
It looks like Steve Spurrier won’t be the only familiar name coaching a team in the new Alliance of American Football.

Alex Marvez of Sporting News reports that Rick Neuheisel will be coaching a team based in Southern California. Spurrier was announced as the coach of the league’s Orlando franchise over the weekend.

Neuheisel had three stints as a collegiate head coach, including a 2008-2011 stint at UCLA. Neuheisel also played college football at UCLA and was named the MVP of the Rose Bowl in 1984. Neuheisel has never been a professional head coach, but spent three years on Brian Billick’s staff with the Ravens. He was Baltimore’s quarterbacks coach in 2005 and 2006 and served as offensive coordinator in 2007.

The Alliance of American Football is set to begin its inaugural season in February 2019. An official announcement of Neuheisel’s hiring and the location of the Southern California entry is expected soon.

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ORIGINALLY POSTED BY Corn Cob

The kickoff is the least popular play, so why do we still have it?” league founder Charlie Ebersol said on CBS

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Devin Hester to Ebersol....." You are ridiculous!" wink

Seriously, it is only least popular since they changed the damn rule and made it stupidly boring.........

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Orlando’s AAF franchise hires Tim Ruskell as G.M.

Posted by Mike Florio on May 3, 2018, 7:26 PM EDT

The Orlando franchise of the Alliance of American Football has a coach in Steve Spurrier. It now has a General Manager.

The AAF announced on Thursday that Tim Ruskell will serve as the team’s G.M.

Ruskell has 35 years of experience in football, serving as G.M. of the Seahawks from 2005 through 2009. The Seahawks made it to the Super Bowl in his first season on the job.

Veteran NFL personnel executive Bill Kuharich also has been hired by Alliance of American Football, as the league’s V.P. of player personnel. The AAF plans to launch in 2019, as a developmental league with a 10-week season in the spring.

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