Another completely new Football League Says in which Will Start Play in 2019
The N.F.L. will be under pressure coming from falling television ratings, lawsuits over its handling of concussions, in addition to fan opposition to player protests during the national anthem.
Yet investors keep lining up to help start completely new football leagues. On Tuesday, the longtime N.F.L. executive Bill Polian in addition to the television in addition to movie producer Charlie Ebersol became the latest entrepreneurs to join the fray when they unveiled plans for the Alliance of American Football.
There have been several short-lived football leagues before, including the United Football League, United States Football League in addition to XFL. Like others before them, Polian in addition to Ebersol say they have a formula for success. They have acquired investments coming from Silicon Valley firms in which will allow their eight-team league to start playing a week after the Super Bowl in February 2019. Their partners include CBS, which will show a few games on its main channel in addition to some on its cable network. They will also launch a smartphone app on which fans will be able to stream games in addition to play fantasy football.
The league will also aim For two main-in addition to-a-half hour games (N.F.L. games generally last at least three hours). To achieve in which, there will be no kickoffs or extra points — only 2-point plays — in addition to a 30-second play clock, as opposed to the N.F.L.’s 45-second clock. There will also be no television timeouts, which will lead to about 60 percent fewer commercials.
Ebersol, whose father, Dick Ebersol, ran NBC Sports for many years in addition to was involved from the old X.F.L., said each team might be owned by the league, which might reduce the likelihood of teams being sold in addition to of infighting among owners about the direction of the business. The league will also draw coming from the pool of undrafted college players in addition to others who are not on an N.F.L. roster.
“in which will be not a development league,” Ebersol said. “There are tens of thousands of players who don’t have a job, which translates into hundreds of Kurt Warners” — a reference to the quarterback who spent time playing from the indoor Arena Football League before putting together a Hall of Famer career from the N.F.L.
Ebersol declined to say whether the league might receive a media rights fee coming from CBS. although he said there was enough funding to get the league on its feet. He said the league might appeal to the tens of millions of fans who play fantasy football although must stop playing once the N.F.L. season ends.
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