Peter Thiel backs launch of new football league

21 March, 2018, 08:17 | Author: Elena Meyer
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It is the brainchild of Charlie Ebersol, the director of ESPN's 30 for 30 documentary on the XFL that was broadcast a year ago.

Vince McMahon in January announced plans to launch a new XFL by '20. He emphasized a more family-friendly stance than the previous XFL, downplaying the sexy cheerleaders and violence of the original league and adhering more to the current PG-era of the WWE. It will also have its own app where games can be streamed free of charge and where fans can participate in play-by-play fantasy-football-style gaming.

Those All-Pro players he mentioned include Justin Tuck, who will serve on the player engagement advisory board, and Hines Ward, Troy Polamalu and Jared Allen, who have been tapped as senior-level player relations execs. The player pool will be culled from college players that don't get drafted or make NFL teams and players who may not have made it in the CFL or the Arena league. In addition, Ebersol wants games to be affordable, with good seats available at $35. Rosters will be culled from National Football League cuts to the 53-man maximum after preseason, which Polian calls "the core of our constituency"; collegians who have gone undrafted, including underclassmen who have lost any remaining eligibility; players looking to return to the sport and free agents from the CFL or elsewhere. "The XFL, USFL as a live event were successful businesses, but expectations were so high". The league will have no extra points - all teams must attempt a two-point conversion.

"This [spring football] is a massive gap in the market", founder Charlie Ebersol said in a news conference.

When Vince McMahon announced the return of the XFL he noted that he would be using a large sum of his own money to fund the league, but it would not be enough. "We're looking for those Kurt Warners working in grocery stores, and we think we will find them".

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The Alliance will feature eight teams with 50-player rosters, built primarily through regionally based allocation in the fall.

Led by some of the most respected football minds in the game, The Alliance of American Football is an eight-team, single-entity structured league driven by high-quality professional football and fueled by a dynamic Alliance between players, fans and the game.

"As the Alliance of American Football launches next February we are excited to become the official television partner", said CBS Sports Chairman Sean McManus in a statement. "Our investors here understand that it's a seven-to-10-year plan". To differentiate the Alliance of American Football from its competitors, there will be no TV timeouts and 60 percent fewer commercials.

Forget the XFL, there is another pro football league coming in the offseason and it will start next year.

Starting in 2019, that will no longer be the case as another league plans to get things rolling and rival what the XFL is trying to do.

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