Justin Tuck named an adviser in clever new football league

Hope Soto
March 21, 2018

And former Minnesota Vikings, Kansas City Chiefs and Chicago Bears star Jared Allen is among the league's numerous financial backers, according to a report from ESPN's Darren Rovell.

"The game will only stop when it naturally stops", Ebersol said. The ESPN story said the investors in Ebersol's league have a "7-10-year plan" for success, which is smart.

Ebersol plans on creating eight teams to play a 10-game schedule and will attempt to tap into regional interest by allowing each team to have a local draft to keep players from around their marketplace close to home. The losing team will start on its own 35-yard line with fourth-and-10. There won't be on-side kicks or kickoffs - the ball will be set at the 25-yard line.

Former Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu will oversee the players side, while ex-NFL general manager and current ESPN football analyst Bill Polian will steer the league, according to Rovell. Either way, there hasn't been any buzz about the XFL since Vince's online press conference, and the rival league is beating him to the punch with a television deal and by starting a year earlier than the XFL's 2020 relaunch. Ebersol also said that outside of the NFL, the AAF will have the highest-paid football players in North America. Of the other games, one per week will feature on CBS Sports Network. Advisors include more former players, Polamalu's former teammate, Hines Ward, former Giant's defensive end Justin Tuck, and Ebersol's father, Dick. After all, though the XFL was largely considered a complete dud, the NFL "borrowed" significant elements of the lesser league's broadcast, the most significant of which was the Skycam. "We're looking for those Kurt Warners working in grocery stores, and we think we will find them". The AAF doesn't view itself as a league that is competing with the NFL, but one that will be complimentary to it.

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"Fifty-nine million people play fantasy and 20 million people play only fantasy football", Ebersol said.

Sports agent Donald Yee announced last year his plans for Pacific Pro Football, a league with four teams based in Southern California that would give 18- to 21-year-olds a professional alternative to college football.

The Alliance of American Football, or the AAF, is an "eight-team, single-entity structured league driven by high-quality professional football". And it's more on the XFL to seek out a merger because at this point, they seem to be behind on every step despite announcing their league first. "Our players and fans are the lifeblood of The Alliance, and we will treat them as such". Maybe that also means we can see ads during National Football League broadcasts but I doubt that.

"For years I've been talking, in the football community, about the fact that there's a real need for this", Polian said.

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