XFL documentary maker plans new football league
- Author: Tabitha Byrd Mar 21, 2018,
Mar 21, 2018, 3:21
Funding for the new league is built around a seven- to 10-year business model, Ebersol said, with Founders Fund and Chernin Group being the two main investors.
Ebersol plans on creating eight teams to play a 10-game schedule and will attempt to tap into regional interest by allowing each team to have a local draft to keep players from around their marketplace close to home. Every other week, CBSSN will air one game while the other three will be streamed for free through the league's app - which will also feature "integrated, in-game fantasy" for fans.
Other advisers include Dick Ebersol and former National Football League players Hines Ward and Justin Tuck. "We're looking for those Kurt Warners working in grocery stores, and we think we will find them".
"The Alliance of American Football represents a fundamental shift in the way we approach professional sports", Ebersol said in a statement.More news: Syed Ali Shah Geelani Resigns as Chairman of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat
The AAF will draw undrafted players as well as those who couldn't make the cut in the NFL. The network will also carry the Alliance of American Football's championship game on the final weeked of April 2019.
Charlie Ebersol, whose father partnered with McMahon in the original XFL, co-founded the league with former NFL executive Bill Polian. The teams - whose locations and nicknames have yet to be announced - will be owned by the league.
Teams will start on the 25-yard line after a score. A couple interesting changes designed with fan interest in mind are two-point conversions replacing extra points and a sped up play clock compared to the NFL's usual 40 seconds. "As a member of the National Football League competition committee for a very long period of time, we often talked about, 'What if?' What if we had a blank canvas and could invent the game today, what would we do?" Among the differences from the National Football League, the AAF will have no TV timeouts, fewer commercials, no kickoffs and no onside kicks. One thing that the Alliance of American Football has over the XFL is that they already have a TV and media deal. In the hopes of improving player safety, there will be no kickoffs, and instead of onside kicks, teams will get the ball at their own 35-yard line facing a fourth-and-10.
According to Ebersol, he plans on fully incorporating Fantasy Football and a media plan into the league. "We have to be able to take advantage of the people who just stop playing fantasy when the National Football League season ends". Just four teams will compete in the playoffs. Maybe that also means we can see ads during National Football League broadcasts but I doubt that.
The XFL isn't scheduled to play again until 2020. The Alliance will provide players a comprehensive bonus system, post-football career planning as well as counseling and scholarship support for postsecondary education.