There were some refreshing twists to the AAF brand of football, which does aim to complement, not compete with, the NFL. Additionally, there will be a sky judge referee who can communicate with the officials on the field in real-time so the refs won't have to go under the hood.
One of the brilliant things that the AAF has done in trying to make the league get off the ground with a solid following is their allocation of players to teams.
The AAF's leadership board features multiple former National Football League players.
The AAF [Alliance of American Football] is a league created to showcase developing talent and compliment the NFL during its offseason.
Co-founder Bill Polian was very excited to announce the beginning of this new league, but was very direct in his intentions behind the league.
Keep an eye on these key differences from the National Football League, as chronicled last week by The Post's Matt Bonesteel. There will be no kickoffs, no extra points after touchdowns; you are forced to attempt a 2-point conversion, in overtime the team gets the ball on their opponents 10-yard line, and the play clock will be cut down to 30 seconds. Retired defensive ends Jared Allen and Justin Tuck will advise on Player Relations, as officiating consultants Mike Pereira and Dean Blandino offer up the experience they both acquired as the NFL's Vice President of Officiating.
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.More news: Chelsea boss Sarri: Fixture pile up is just TOO MUCH
The Apollos' head coach Steve Spurrier is no stranger to the state of Florida.
Former Patriots listed on AAF rosters include wide receivers Devin Lucien and Brian Tyms.
After the interception by Steven Johnson Jr., the Hotshots got the ball back to go in and score and expand their lead to 35-16 and almost grab control of this game.
"We're disappointed", Legends coach Kevin Coyle said. "Time will tell if we're any good. Secondly, fans have pointed out that kickoffs are the more boring plays in football, so we chose to take that out and keep the players on the field".
"Quality football is important, but football is not the engine", Ebersol said.
You obviously can't expect National Football League numbers on day one.