On November 13, 2018, AAF Co-Founder and CEO Charlie Ebersol did a quick Q&A on the league’s Instagram account. For those that want to follow the league, the account is “@theaaf”. He answered five questions over a variety of topics; where the games will be broadcasted, how the league came to fruition, when the uniforms will be released, how the league chose the cities, and what the inspiration behind the creation of the league was.
Below is a transcript of the entire Q&A Session:
Where will the games be televised?
“The Alliance will premiere on February 9th on CBS and then it will air on CBS and CBS SN [CBS Sports Network]. You can also watch on the games for free on the Alliance App that will launch in January.”
How long did it take to bring the AAF from an idea to reality?
“The Alliance has been three years in the making. We’ve brought in the top experts in football and business, etc., but the secret sauce was Bill Polian*, one of the greatest team builders in the history of the NFL.
When we[sic] the uniforms be revealed?
“We’re getting real close to releasing the uniforms for the teams. In the next 30 days we will roll out our eight teams’ jerseys and we’re very excited because we think the fans are going to love what they see.”
How did you choose the cities?
“We get asked a lot about the cities in which the league is playing. The key was finding football fandom and a need in the marketplace; San Diego, San Antonio, Memphis, those are cities that don’t have professional football, and we thought they should.”
What’s inspired you and others to create this league?
“There are 27,000 kids that come out of Division I Football every year and there are only about 2,000 jobs in the NFL. We wanted to be a league of opportunity for players to start their career or get back to the NFL.
“We believe very deeply in the Alliance of [pointing to the three stars on the AAF logo on his jacket] fans, players, and the game, the three stars of the Alliance; and the other side: breakthrough in technology.”
As you can see, the AAF is very excited in bringing a competitive league to fans all across the country. Not only are they focusing on just the game, but the role of fans as well. With the app that is due out in January, every game is at the fingertip of every fan. No matter if you live in Hilo, Hawai’i or The Bronx, New York, and anywhere between and beyond in the United States**, you will be able to catch your favorite team play, and I hope that team is the Memphis Express.
*Bill Polian is credited with building teams such as the Buffalo Bills, that went to four straight Super Bowls, and the Indianapolis Colts from the 1990s-early 2010s, that was a consistently competing team and Super Bowl Champions in Super Bowl XLI. He was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Outside of the NFL, he also helped build the Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ Grey Cup winning team of 1984, 1988, and 1990.
**No information has been put out on whether or not the app will be available outside the United States.