Alliance of American Football plans to kick off in February

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Former NFL player Martin charged • Former Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Jonathan Martin was charged Tuesday with threatening two former teammates who had harassed him in the NFL and with threatening his former prep school classmates, Los Angeles County prosecutors said. Vince McMahon apparently would disagree, as he recently announced plans to resurrect the XFL, a failed experiment in football that folded in 2001. 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.

The league has also announced that they will stream all games for free via an online application.

ESPN's Darren Rovell reported that Charlie Ebersol plans to start the Alliance of American Football, and the scheduled start date is February 9, 2019, the week after next season's Super Bowl. This league is set to start a year earlier than the XFL, with their first game the week after next year's Super Bowl. Some advisers include Troy Polamalu, Hines Ward, Justin Tuck and Jared Allen, who is also an investor.

Ironically enough, Charlie Ebersol is actually the same guy who directed the popular ESPN documentary "This Was the XFL" that premiered in 2016. In addition, Ebersol wants games to be affordable, with good seats available at $35. Ebersol also said that outside of the NFL, the AAF will have the highest-paid football players in North America. After scoring a touchdown, a team must attempt a two-point conversion, with the ball being snapped at the 2-yard line. Polian said players released by the National Football League will be "the primary source of talent". The league is also getting some backing from Peter Thiel's Founders Fund and The Chernin Group, who owns a sizable percentage of Barstool Sports. The cities in which the teams will be based will be announced over the next three months. "Our investors here understand that it's a seven-to-10-year plan". "How many Kurt Warners are in grocery stores somewhere waiting to be discovered?"

Yes, spring football. We know, from the USFL to the World League to the XFL, the idea has not worked. Television partner CBS will air Alliance matchups, beginning with the season opener and culminating with the championship game on the weekend of April 26-28, 2019, with a regular-season game airing each week exclusively on CBS Sports Network.

"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. Despite some promising signs, starting a new football league that is ultimately embraced by the American public still seems like a real long shot.

The XFL isn't scheduled to play again until 2020.

Ebersol said a hallmark of the league will be no TV timeouts and 60 percent fewer commercials, as well as an innovative approach to broadcasting.

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