The Alliance of American Football Put On A Show And People Watched
Normally its Sunday and we are talking about some Football getting ready to kick off but today, and for the next 11 weeks or so, we will be talking Alliance of American Football or AAF as its called. Last night was the League kick off and from the opening of the stadium til the final whistle, it was something to watch.
The AAF consists of eight centrally owned and operated teams, founded by Charlie Ebersol and Bill Polian and its stacked with talent. From players to coaches even to the front office, the AAF did a great job at putting together a package that would work. And from the numbers last night.. this might work.
This week, the Saturday primetime ratings were dominated by CBS and the Alliance of American Football, starting off strong with a pregame show at 8 p.m. that rated a 0.8 in adults 18-49. From there, the network broadcasted the Orlando Apollos vs. Atlanta Legends, and the San Antonio Commanders vs. San Diego Fleet, for an average score of 0.9 with 2.91 million viewers.
ABC came in second with a more conventional sports broadcast, leading their programming for the night with “NBA Countdown” for a 0.5, which was one-tenth of a point lower than its score last week. Right on the heels of “Countdown” was the Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Houston Rockets, bringing home a 0.7 for ABC. Last week, the top performing game had been the Lakers vs. Warriors at 1.0.
Down in Orlando last night, The Head Ball Coach is back, lighting up the scoreboard and selling the Alliance of American Football. And fans — at least those in Orlando, Florida, who showed up in the rain for Steve Spurrier’s debut in the new league Saturday night — are eager to buy.
The 73-year-old coach returned to the sideline for the first time since abruptly walking away from the college game in 2015, bringing along an entertaining style of offense that didn’t disappoint an announced crowd of 20,191 for the AAF opener between the Orlando Apollos and Atlanta Legends.
With a 52-man roster featuring 29 players from nine Florida colleges, there’s a local feel to the Apollos for fans of the hometown team.
It begins with Spurrier, who won the Heisman Trophy as a player at the University of Florida and later put together his best body of work as a coach at his alma mater, a mere 113 miles up the road in Gainesville.
And, there was just enough razzle-dazzle and imaginative play-calling in the Apollos’ 40-6 victory over the Legends to remind the faithful, who can buy season tickets for as little as $75, of the good old days.
“I think the fans had a good time,” said Spurrier, who improved to 6-0 in his first game with the six teams he coached. “They saw enough good plays, especially after the first quarter.”
FIRST POINTS FOR THE AAF
There are two things you can say about Atlanta kicker Younghoe Koo: 1) GREAT name. 2) He scored the first points, ever, for the AAF. Koo nailed a 38-yard attempt in the first quarter against the Orlando Apollos to give the Legends a 3-0 lead. The former Georgia Southern player spent one season with the Chargers in the NFL before joining the Legends.
The Apollos scored the first touchdown of the night (and for the AAF) when quarterback Garrett Gilbert connected with wide receiver Jalin Marshall on a strike over the middle of the field. Marshall, who was double-covered, came down with a tough catch, but Atlanta coach Kevin Coyle challenged the score. However, after further review, the officials determined that Marshall’s elbow was down and he possessed the ball.
“We’ve got a score.”
— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) February 10, 2019
There is so much more coming from the AAL… What do you think about the league???