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Charlie Ebersol son of former NBC Sports boss Dick Ebersol announces plans for new pro football league
Charlie Ebersol son of former NBC Sports boss Dick Ebersol announces plans for new pro football league
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21 March, 2018

Financially, the new league will be backed by former Vikings linebacker Jared Allen, Peter Thiel's Founders Fund and The Chernin Group, which owns a huge portion of Barstool Sports.

Perhaps most intriguingly of all, Ebersol says the games will have 60 percent fewer commercials than National Football League games, and there will be no TV timeouts. The locations of the franchises are scheduled to be announced in the next three months.

Part of the announcement also included plans for Dick Ebersol to serve on the league's board of director's, officially putting the family in direct competition with McMahon. Vince McMahon apparently would disagree, as he recently announced plans to resurrect the XFL, a failed experiment in football that folded in 2001. Teams will be required to attempt 2-point conversions from the 2-yard line rather than kick extra points.

As for different rules than the National Football League, the AAF will do away with kickoffs (and instead of an onside kick, a team will get one play to gain 10 yards from its 35-yard line to retain possession). The Alliance of American Football was announced earlier today in a press release.

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The AAF had several notable NFL names involved in its launch, including former Central-Coosa football and basketball standout Justin Tuck, who retired after the 2015 season, his 11 as an NFL defensive end. Their partners include CBS, which will show a few games on its main channel and some on its cable network.

No matter what Vince McMahon's revised plan for XFL success is, he's going to have a seriously uphill battle to compete with the NFL for even a sliver of the pro football market. "We're looking for those Kurt Warners working in grocery stores, and we think we will find them". Founded by TV and film producer Charlie Ebersol and Hall of Famer Bill Polian, The Alliance will begin a 12-week season kicking-off February 9, 2019 on CBS and culminating with the championship game the weekend of April 26-28, 2019. "We have to be able to take advantage of the people who just stop playing fantasy when the National Football League season ends".

"The Alliance of American Football represents a fundamental shift in the way we approach professional sports", Ebersol said in a statement. And it's more on the XFL to seek out a merger because at this point, they seem to be behind on every step despite announcing their league first.

"For years I've been talking, in the football community, about the fact that there's a real need for this", Polian said. Ebersol also said that outside of the NFL, the AAF will have the highest-paid football players in North America. But at the end of the day, we are complementary to the NFL.


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