Considering the buzz growing around the new AAFL, is the U. Beds. ready for yet another American football league? The All U . s citizens Football League thinks so.
What is it?
Football by other name. The AAFL is hoping to attract football fans who need an outlet for professional football in the NFL’s offseason.
What the attraction?
Besides a spring and early summer months, the AAFL is associating itself with colleges known for football to attract college football fans in their offseason. This is very important to its approach because it intends to recruit online players from those colleges. The idea is that if you closely accompanied a player’s college career and they are now playing for those AAFL, you will want to follow their professional career as well. Each individual college’s alumni and local fanbase will be offered ticket opportunities and other perks.
Where will the teams be located?
At this point, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Michigan, Tennessee, and Texas.
Try-outs for Arkansas, Alabama, Florida and Michigan have already been used, and depending on your source, some players have already been autographed to teams. A regular season and playoff schedule is set, though again, depending on your source, not all often the venues for games have been finalized. Among the sites that will be expected to host at least one game are Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, FL, War Memorial Field in Minimal Rock, AR and Ford Field in Detroit, MÍ MISMA.
Is there anyone well-known associated with the league?
Though the league commissioner and operations executives are not hired yet, the chairman of the Board of Managers is Cedric Dempsey, a new former NCAA president. There is also representation from former university or college presidents and university system chancellors as well as Jack Lengyel, better known as the character played by Matthew McConaughey on We Are Marshall.
Wait, isn’t there already football on the NFL’s offseason?
Arena League Football (AFL) runs right from March to June. NFL Europa has folded. The very Canadian Football League (CFL) runs roughly from the later part of June through November.
Will it work?
A lot of leagues came and gone. The problem is that it costs a lot to run and maintain your tin tuc bong da. There are player and executive salaries, stadium leases and television contracts just for starters. The AAFL is a for-profit league and if it cannot operate on a profit, it won’t stay around for very long. It is worthwhile noting that the AAFL will not benefit from concession sales exactly how some professional teams do to boost their profits considering that concessions at the games will be operated by and for the exact host stadium. For what it’s worth, beer will not be out there.
Another hurdle the league faces is keeping the rates to fans down. Ticket prices for pro sporting are a big turnoff, and the AAFL will have to find a way and keep ticket prices affordable and attractive. Ticket prices were announced to be around $13 and there will be a big power for locals to buy “memberships” which gives them special fringe benefits such as VIP parking and special screenings of out-of-town games.
The AAFL has said it will televise games nationally, but there’s nationally televised coverage and then there’s nationalized television. Just ask the NHL who are effectively tucked on Versus, a channel that most people have never seen.