Quarterback John Wolford Stars in AAF Debut for Arizona Hotshots

Getty									Former Alabama running back Trent Richardson is playing for the Birmingham Iron

One such player has ties to the Carolina Panthers and after the first week, looks to be one of the better quarterbacks in the league.

Perhaps the greatest legacy of the old Word League [NFL Europe] was the aiding in the development of signal callers like Kurt Warner, Brad Johnson and Jake Delhomme, all who ultimately reached the Super Bowl and in Warner's case, the Hall of Fame. Yawn. The NFL and college football are massively popular in this country. Do yourself a favor and get some official San Antonio Commanders apparel because the AAF doesn't appear to be going anywhere.

But will anyone care in Week 2 and beyond? What team were you rooting for? We'll see this weekend. It also has no kickoffs or extra points, and its own special overtime and on-sides rules.

Sure, maybe the novelty and curiosity spurns on lookers to tune-in over a regular-season National Basketball Association game.

But they're getting paid, relatively speaking, with most players signing three-year deals worth a total of $250,000. That controls immediate labor costs, which have crippled other spring leagues. That fact that there was no penalty called by the refs wearing some kind of ridiculous uniforms was scary, because a league like this made of up NFL castoffs and future hopefuls will likely feature more hits like this from players who want to be splashed all over twitter, etc. and draw interest of NFL scouts.

If I had to guess, I'd say that an AAF team would have no problem beating a major college program.




With a demand for football year round, the Alliance of American Football (AAF) may be the next big thing in sports. Obviously, the backups and practice squad players don't get the same quality of practice time as the starters, and so it becomes hard for them to truly improve their craft. So, if you're looking for a team, or a way to help yourself become interested in the league, starting there couldn't hurt.

The AAF is smartly adopting tech and gambling as part of its business strategy. The opening game went up against the National Basketball Association which was on ABC and actually won in the ratings. There also are formal AAF tie-ins for legal sports gambling.

Alliance CEO Charlie Ebersol said the attendance around the league was "way above expectations", and AAF co-founder Bill Polian, who famously built the Indianapolis Colts into a Super Bowl victor, echoed the same sentiment after a super successful weekend. It includes a whole lot of names that you know, whether they be players, coaches, or executives. CBS aired regional coverage of San Diego-San Antonio and Atlanta-Orlando. That league would later be taken over by the NFL and was known as NFL Europe.

But it's a clear victory for the new league.

The AAF faces a spring 2020 challenge in the form of the new XFL. By this standard maybe NY and Pittsburgh should get teams too.

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