Spring Football Leagues (AAF and XFL)

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    AAF: Alliance of American Football - Wikipedia

    XFL: XFL (2020) - Wikipedia

    The AAF has already announced 5 of 8 teams and their head coaches:

    Atlanta - Georgia State Stadium - Brad Childress
    Memphis - Liberty Bowl - Mike Singletary
    Orlando - Spectrum Stadium - Steve Spurrier
    Phoenix - Sun Devil Stadium - Rick Neuheisel
    Salt Lake City - Rice Eccles Stadium - Dennis Erickson

    Speculation for the remaining three includes San Diego; St. Louis; Portland, OR; San Antonio; and Birmingham, AL.

    The AAF seems to be pretty well put together at this point being run by Bill Polian and funded by the Ebersols and Keith Rabois. Games will be on CBS and CBS Sports Network along with a possible streaming app; the XFL hasn't announced anything yet, but speculation is they'll utilize the WWE infrastructure. The AAF will begin play the week after this coming Super Bowl; XFL in 2020.

    It's a little strange that McMahon has jumped into the game so late. Yes, he made the big splash announcement a few months ago, but I don't think he had much planned at that point. The AAF, on the other hand, has been in the works for a few years. McMahon and Dick Ebersol are apparently chums, so, at least to me, it's odd that they aren't working together again. I can only guess McMahon's thought process there. Perhaps he didn't want to abandon his XFL project for good and concluded it was now or never for an attempted comeback. Or maybe he was never invited to invest, he's upset about it, and wants to spoil the party. (I think the former is more likely.) Whatever the case may be, we're going to go from zero football in the Spring to two competing leagues by 2020, and I couldn't be happier to have more football.
     
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    The AAF recently announced San Diego as the 6th team.

    Some old, familiar names in the coaching staff:

    HC: Mike Martz
    OC: Jon Kitna
    DC: Larry Marmie
    OL: Jackie Slater
    DL: Vincy Amey
    WR: T.J. Houshmandzadeh
    DB: Dre Bly
    ST: Larry Mac Duff
     
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    When does the season start?
    Who see are the players?
    Where do they come from?
     
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    Season begins a week after the Super Bowl.

    The players will be a combination of NFL cuts, college grads, etc. They're expected to have about 70-80 players for camp, whittled down to 50 for the season.
     
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    Vince only announced it because he figured out the Ebersol was planning his.

    Vince’s plan is to completely reimagine the game, including having them down to 2 hours. He’s also going to get worse players and rely mainly on gimmicks.
     
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    Birmingham, Alabama is the 7th city.



    That rounds out the East.

    One more team to go. Seems likely to be somewhere in Texas. San Antonio makes a lot of sense, but so does a big market, like Houston.
     
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    Remains to be seen.

    I have my doubts about the XFL getting off the ground, truth be told. The AAF seems to really have it's ducks in a row, while the XFL appears to be using Twitter to recruit employees...
     
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    That's it for the AAF; all 8 teams have been announced:

    - Atlanta
    - Birmingham
    - Memphis
    - Orlando
    - Phoenix
    - Salt Lake City
    - San Antonio
    - San Diego
     

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