Saturday, 23 February, 2019

AAF Football League TV Ratings Top NBA on Opening Weekend

Mike Bercovici #11 of the San Diego Fleet looks to pass the ball during the first half against the the San Antonio Commanders in an Alliance of American Football game at the Alamodome Orlando Apollos rout Atlanta in AAF debut, 40-6
Stacy Diaz | 10 February, 2019, 23:20

The Alliance of American Football kicked off its inaugural season on Saturday night.

None of those teams seemed relevant to what went on Saturday night, when a mostly full lower bowl in the Alamodome (no tickets were sold for the upper decks) went mad for all the pregame trappings of pro football: ugly green fake turf, a massive American flag for the anthem, a William Barret Travis-type guy on a galloping horse and pyrotechnics. "I'm probably not allowed to say what it is, but its way above expectations for us".

This adds even more intrigue to the new league that is ready to hit the ground running, giving football fans a chance to detox a bit by getting in on the AAF. Everything from the way contracts are structured with the bonuses, to the twist of listening into the coach and players interact throughout the game, and the interactive app for the league, there is a lot to be excited about. "They saw enough good plays after the first quarter when we finally put on a good show".

Polian and Ebersol said every National Football League team had scouts in San Antonio when all the teams recently held training camp and then each played an exhibition game.

Orlando built a 22-6 lead at halftime and never looked back to win its season opener. Marshall had three catches for 51 yards, one touchdown and a touchdown pass. Akeem Hunt was the team's leading rushing with 73 yards on 10 carries. Legends quarterback Matt Simms was under duress the entire night, often not having any time at all after receiving the snap to make his reads. That, combined with the rule tweaks and innovations from the AAF, will determine if fans will continue to stay interested or will become interested in this league after this initial game. They have to score a touchdown and go for two.

The AAF is a brand new eight-team league which will not only showcase local and developing talent, but it will complement the NFL during the offseason.

Steve Spurrier remarked to the media after leading his Orlando Apollos team to victory Saturday night on his awesome career success in coaching debut games.

Five teams, the Birmingham Iron, Salt Lake Stallions, Orlando Apollos, and San Diego Fleet, and San Antonio Stallions will be hosted by a market without a professional football team. Meanwhile, NBA games in February aren't usually must-see television. Sports TV Ratings said the first game on CBS ‏averaged 2.913 million viewers between 9 p.m. and 11 p.m.