The Alliance of American Football is being billed as the alternative to the NFL. It is trying to be the things the NFL has been able to master. It wants to be more fan and family friendly. It wants to be less violence and less about their players in the news. They hope to be the clean version that many around the country have clamored for after many social issues in the NFL caused a small exodus from fandom.
With all that said, they start to play this weekend with eight teams in the league and each player gets paid $75,000 for a 3 year period. Each team has a designated area that they can sign players to their rosters. The games have some unique rules that will play with which includes:
All teams must attempt a two-point conversion after a touchdown, as there are no extra point kicks. This certainly makes the key betting number of seven far less important.
There are no kickoffs. Teams will begin on their own 25-yard line. Onside kick attempts will be replaced by a 4th-and-10 attempt at the team’s own 35-yard line.
The play clock will run for 30 seconds, not 40.
There are no TV timeouts and will reportedly be 60% fewer commercials in general, as the league is aiming to complete games in two and a half hours rather than three.
The Hotshots play at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona and will be coached by former USFL player and college head coach Rick Neuheisel. The team colors are green, orange, and yellow. The nickname is a tribute to the firefighters and the team’s logo is a pair of crossed pulaskis, which are used by firefighters. Website Twitter
The Legends are set to play at Georgia State Stadium on the campus of the Georgia State University. They will be coached by Kevin Coyle, one of two AAF coaches to have never been a head coach. The team named former Atlanta Falcons and Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick as its offensive coordinator.
Historical figures such as Martin Luther King Jr and Hank Aaron are honored in their nickname and team colors of purple, gold, and white. Website Twitter
The Iron will be coached by Tim Lewis and they will play its games at Legion Field until a new stadium at the Birmingham–Jefferson Convention Complex has completed construction in 2021.
The name and colors pay tribute to the cities workers that manufacture steel. The team colors of black, dark grey and light grey are based on iron ore, coal, and flux, the components used to make steel.
The Express will play in Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium in Memphis, Tennessee and will be coached by Mike Singletary who is a former National Football League player.
The team colors are red, blue, and white and the nickname is honoring the city and their importance to the mail and cargo transport business that they supply to the United States. An airplane is featured in their logo. Website Twitter
The Apollos will play at Spectrum Stadium on the University of Central Florida campus and former Heisman Trophy winner and former NFL head coach Steve Spurrier will coach the Apollos.
The name is inspired by the Greek god Apollo and his and Florida’s connections to the Sun, while the team’s colors orange and navy are tributes to Florida’s sunshine and the Apollo program, respectively. The helmet depicts Apollo shooting a bow-and-arrow.
Salt Lake Stallions
The Stallions will play in Salt Lake City at the Rice-Eccles Stadium and Dennis Erickson is the head coach. The team has colors of blue, deep sky and silver.
The team name came from the speeds that are attained in the Bonneville Salt Flats and the colors represent the geography that includes the Wasatch River and the Great Salt Lake. Website Twitter
San Antonio Commanders
The Commanders will play their home contests at the Alamodome and former San Diego Chargers coach Mike Riley is the head coach and former Dallas Cowboys fullback Daryl Johnston will serve as General Manager of the team.
The name is a tribute to San Antonio’s military history, with maroon and silver representing the city and the small swords carried by military officers, respectively. Website Twitter
San Diego Fleet
The Fleet will play its games at SDCCU Stadium and will be coached by former NFL head coach Mike Martz. The nickname was chosen to honor the United State Navy and their ties to the city.
The colors are battleship gray, yellow, and silver gray. The logo is a battleship heading straight. Website Twitter
Week One Schedule
San Diego at San Antonio Sat, Feb 09 7:00 PM CT
Atlanta at Orlando Sat, Feb 09 7:00 PM CT
Memphis at Birmingham Sun, Feb 10 3:00 PM CT
Salt Lake at Arizona Sun, Feb 10 7:00 PM CT
Some of the most notable players by team:
- Arizona Hotshots- QB Trevor Knight
- Atlanta Legends- QB Aaron Murray, QB Matt Simms, WR Stephen Hill
- Birmingham Iron- QB Blake Sims, QB Scott Tolzien, RB Trent Richardson, CB JaCorey Shepherd, K Nick Novak
- Memphis Express- QB Christian Hackenberg, QB Zach Mettenberger, RB Zac Stacy, WR Chris Givens
- Orlando Apollos- QB Garrett Gilbert, QB Stephen Morris, WR Frankie Hammond, DB Will Hill
- Salt Lake Stallions- QB B.J. Daniels, QB Garrett Grayson, RB Matt Asiata
- San Antonio Commanders- RB David Cobb, RB Daryl Richardson
- San Diego Fleet- QB Josh Johnson, RB Bishop Sankey
Odds to Win the League
Arizona Hotshots +250
Salt Lake Stallions +400
San Antonio Commanders +500
Orlando Apollos +500
Atlanta Legends +500
San Diego Fleet +1000
Memphis Express +1000
Birmingham Iron +1000