He made a documentary telling the story of the old XFL. Now, he plans to run a league that will rival the revamped form of the league.
On Tuesday, Charlie Ebersol, who directed ESPN’s “30 for 30” on the XFL last year, announced that he has created a league called the Alliance of American Football to rival the revamped XFL that will begin in 2020. Alliance of American Football will begin its 10-week season on Feb. 9, 2019, the week after Super Bowl LIII.
Ebersol is the son of Dick Ebersol, who was Vince McMahon’s partner in the previous iteration of the XFL.
Alliance of American Football will feature 50-man teams. Former NFL general manager and current ESPN analyst Bill Polian will help Ebersol steer the league. Former Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu will manage the player side and former USC standout and executive J.K. McKay will run the team side.
Former NFL players Hines Ward and Justin Tuck will serve as advisers to the league.
Ebersol said the league will be composed of players who didn’t make the cut for the NFL. The first game and the championship game will air on CBS, while one game a week will air on CBS Sports Network. Other games will be available on the league’s app.
“I think where businesses like this fail is that they expect to have ludicrous and unrealistic ticket and media deal projections in Year 1,” Ebersol said, according to ESPN. “Our investors here understand that it’s a 7-10-year plan.”
The league will have eight teams, and the cities will be announced in the next three months. There will be regional drafts to protect eligible players who played in a local community in their college career.
There will be no television timeouts and 60 percent fewer commercials. There will be no kickoffs and onside kicks, and the ball will be immediately placed at the 25-yard line. The losing team will start on its own 35-yard line with fourth-and-10. The play clock will be 30 seconds. Every touchdown will be followed with a two-point conversion attempt.
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