Orlando Apollos quarterback Garrett Gilbert, right, sets adult to chuck a pass in front of Atlanta Legends linebacker KeShun Freeman (92) during a initial half of an Alliance of American Football diversion Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, in Orlando, Fla. (Associated Press)
The new, eight-team Alliance of American Football, a winter/spring football league, launched a initial deteriorate Saturday night with dual games.
The San Antonio Commanders degraded a San Diego Fleet, 15-6, during San Antonio, while a Orlando Apollos trounced a Atlanta Legends, 40-6, in a sleet in Orlando.
Two some-more games are scheduled for Sunday: a Birmingham Iron hosting a Memphis Express and a Arizona Hotshots hosting a Salt Lake Stallions.
The joining facilities a few differences from a NFL: There are no kickoffs, with teams only starting from a 25-yard line after a silver flip.
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“The players got used to it really quickly,” joining consultant Mike Pereira, a NFL’s former clamp boss of officiating, told a Associated Press. “It’s a bit of a timesaver. Our idea is to play in two-and-a-half hours.”
In addition, any officiating organisation includes a ninth member called a SkyJudge, who can now scold “obvious and egregious” officiating errors, like a one that injured a NFC Championship Game.
Orlando Apollos using behind D’Ernest Johnson (22) rushes for yardage in front of Atlanta Legends defensive behind Desmond Lawrence, left, defensive lineman J.T. Jones, center, and linebacker Brandon Watts (58) during a initial half of an Alliance of American Football diversion Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, in Orlando, Fla. (Associated Press)
While many of a league’s players are different to many fans, some of a coaches and executives are good famous possibly from their NFL days or from college football.
For example, Orlando’s conduct manager is Steve Spurrier, a former NFL quarterback who coached during a University of Florida from 1990 to 2001, winning a inhabitant pretension in 1996.
Salt Lake’s manager is Dennis Erickson, who won inhabitant titles with a University of Miami in 1989 and 1991.
And a Memphis manager is Mike Singletary, who is best famous as a former linebacker with a Chicago Bears.
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League executives embody Charlie Ebersol, son of longtime NBC executive Dick Ebersol; Bill Polian, a former executive with a NFL’s Indianapolis Colts; and former NFL players Troy Polamalu and Hines Ward.
Ebersol pronounced recently that a joining isn’t looking to directly contest opposite a NFL.
“We’re not competitive, we’re complementary,” Ebersol said. “We demeanour during a NFL as, we’re going to support your existence, let them play in your league, put calm on your network. They’re a partner. The idea is to urge and support a ecosystem of football.”
The new joining is removing a one-year conduct start on what will expected be a biggest competitor: wrestling upholder Vince McMahon’s regenerated XFL, that is set to start play in 2020.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.