Ep. 6: The AAF is Scaring the Canadian Football League

Player Interviews

Elijah Taylor

Elijah is a DB most recently playing in the RPFL. Dude has a 6’4″ wingspan. He is a beast in the secondary and so much fun to watch.

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Kelvin Jeter

Kelvin is a versatile offensive player. His main position is RB where he can run around or through defenders. He also has been training as a slot receiver and plenty of experience on kick and punt returns.

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News

We’re getting closer to the NFL cuts. Over the next few weeks, I think we can expect some major signings. There will be a lot of players that are NFL caliber that will be looking to develop their skills in the AAF.

Trent Richardson officially signs with the AAF after getting out of his CFL contract. This was announced in a bit of a disappointing press conference but there you go.
http://m.wbrc.com/story/38989200/former-alabama-star-trent-richardson-signs-with-alliance-birmingham

Team Presidents have been hired for 7 of the 8 teams. More on that in an upcoming episode.

Main Story

There is even more validation for the AAF.

Peter Thiel’s investment fund is investing in the Alliance.
https://www.cnbc.com/2018/03/20/peter-thiels-founders-fund-is-backing-alliance-of-american-football.html?__source=sharebar|twitter&par=sharebar
https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/aug/29/alliance-of-american-football-nfl-off-season?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

The CFL is scared. The team owners. Not really the players. CFL players were among the first to sign with the AAF.
https://3downnation.com/2018/08/06/former-cflers-among-first-players-to-sign-with-alliance-of-american-football-league/

This has some CFL executives worried. Wally Buono, VP of Football Operations for the BC Lions believe that players cut from the NFL will look to the AAF and XFL rather than the CFL. Which makes sense. Watching AAF games will be much easier than CFL giving these players better exposure to the fans. Playing in the States will help get them noticed by NFL teams.
https://www.3downnation.com/2018/08/28/with-new-spring-leagues-starting-buono-doesnt-believe-cfl-will-be-an-easy-sell-for-nfl-cuts/

Not only that, they stand to make more money in the AAF. The average salary for CFL players is $91k with a league minimum of $42-52k. These numbers can vary based on which article you read. All players in the AAF will get a 3-year $250k contract that tops out at $100k the final year. This averages out to $83k a year. Well higher than the CFL minimum. Now, AAF players can make more based on popularity and other factors we discussed in episode 2 which will likely push the average over $91k. Salaries probably won’t reach the heights of the CFL for a couple years, but for most players the AAF is a better option.

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Ep. 6: The AAF is Scaring the Canadian Football League