"We've done this in nine months because of so many great former National Football League people who are excited to do it, excited to be in it", Polian said.
Hall of Fame linebacker and Super Bowl victor Mike Singletary is Memphis' coach. The eight-team upstart league will play a 10-game regular-season schedule and crown its champion after a title game on April 27.
Mike Vick is the offensive coordinator in Atlanta. If a team is trailing by 17 points, or there is five minutes or less left in the fourth quarter, they can opt to get the ball on their own 28-yard line and try to convert a 4th-and-12.
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That above play right there was more than enough to go viral on social media and garner a ton of more people to tune in and watch the new upstart league in a country that absolutely loves the sport of football.
There was even the interesting twist of being able to hear the players, coaches, an instant relay official talk live on the broadcast.
The San Diego Fleet quarterback was absolutely lit up by San Antonio Commanders linebacker Shaan Washington and never saw it coming. Sunday will now feature two more games worth of action in the new pro football league, and the nightcap of the festivities will feature the Salt Lake Stallions traveling to face the Arizona Hotshots in Western Conference action.
"Quality football is important, but football is not the engine", Ebersol said. "We look at the NFL as, we're going to support your existence, let them play in your league, put content on your network". CBS Sports Network will broadcast the first matchup, while NFL Network will take the nightcap.
The Alliance has built a proprietary tech platform that will allow for a real-time, rewards-based system of integrated gaming and in-game wagering for fans in states where sports gambling is legalized. "Our Saturday night games are created to last about 2.5 hours so you can come tailgate, watch some great football, and still have time to hit the party scene in Downtown afterward".