ALLIANCE OF AMERICAN FOOTBALL

ALLIANCE OF AMERICAN FOOTBALL

The Alliance is led by some of the most respected football minds and executives in the game.  A professional Spring football league fueled by an unprecedented Alliance between players, fans and the game. Founded by TV/film producer and CEO Charlie Ebersol along with co-founder and Pro Football Hall of Famer Bill Polian. The Alliance will feature eight teams with 52-man rosters playing a 10-week regular season schedule beginning February 9, 2019 on CBS, followed by two playoff rounds and a championship game the weekend of April 26-28, 2019.

Below are the eight cities, team stadiums and the Alliance franchises first Head Coaches:

  • Orlando Apollos  –  Spectrum Stadium  –  Steve Spurrier

  • Atlanta Legends  –  Georgia State Stadium  –  Brad Childress

  • Memphis Express  –  Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium  –  Mike Singletary

  • Salt Lake Stallions  –  Rice-Eccles Stadium  –  Dennis Erickson

  • Arizona Hotshots  –  Sun Devil Stadium  –  Rick Neuheisel

  • San Diego Fleet  –  San Diego County Credit Union Stadium  –  Mike Martz

  • Birmingham Iron  –  Legion Field Stadium  –  Tim Lewis

  • San Antonio Commanders  –  Alamodome  –  Mike Riley

While the three stars in the Alliance logo stand for fans, players and the game, the new league will also pride itself on technology.  The Alliance will introduce their fan base and the football world to streaming matchups live via the free Alliance App while accessing integrated gaming options with real rewards for themselves and the players they are cheering on. With a major focus on player safety and well-being on and off the field, the Alliance will provide players with a commitment to safety and state-of-the-art equipment as well as a comprehensive bonus system, post-football career planning, financial counseling and scholarship support for postsecondary education. For more information on the Alliance of American Football coaches & players, co-founders, executives and season tickets just click on this link: https://aaf.com/.  Come join the Alliance!

 

Information and logo courtesy of Alliance of American Football League Communications   

About The Author

Tony Softli

Sports: Executive, NFL & College Football Analyst, Consultant for Collegiate Football players and their families transitioning to NFL.   Business: Entrepreneur, Consultant, Management, Accounting, Marketing, Distribution, Retail & Group Sales. Responsible for the development and implementation of strategic and tactical plans to uncover new revenue streams within niche markets. Web Site Design.   Broadcasting: Co-Host Saturday Show on KJR Radio/Seattle,WA; Contribute (3) on air segments per week,   NFL: Vice president Player Personnel - St. Louis Rams; Director of College Scouting - Carolina Panthers; Managed both College and Pro scouting departments; responsible for evaluating all information that results in player investigation and talent evaluation; The Panthers’ drafts were among the most productive in the NFL under Softli’s supervision the Panthers built a Super Bowl team, drafting such Pro Bowl players as Julius Peppers, Steve Smith, Dan Morgan, Kris Jenkins, Jordan Gross, and others like DeAngelo Williams, Chris Gamble, Thomas Davis, Travelle Wharton, while signing starting fullback Brad Hoover and key swingman Nick Goings as a CFA, who helped the Panthers reach Super Bowl XXXVIII.   While coordinating and supervising the Rams drafts in 2007 and 2008, Softli helped acquire starters Adam Carriker, Chris Long, Donnie Avery and special team’s standouts Chris Chamberlain and David Vobora. Softli’s input helped the Rams in the 2009 draft, accruing LB James Laurinaitis and CB Bradley Fletcher in the first three rounds, and 2010 draft of QB Sam Bradford, OT Roger Saffold, TE Michael Hoomanawanui and several others with promising NFL careers.   He joined the Panthers as a 'area scout' in 1995 after four years at the University of Washington, where Tony was an undergraduate and graduate assistant coach. The Huskies won the National Championship in 1991, Pac 10 titles in 1991 and ’92, and made consecutive appearances in the Rose Bowl in 1992 and ‘93.   Softli worked in minor league football, serving as Head Coach and General Manager of Britain's Blackpool Falcons in 1990 and Head Coach and Director of Player Personnel for the Seattle Cavaliers from 1988-89.   A linebacker at Washington, Softli was a member of the Huskies team that won the 1979 Sun Bowl. He played six seasons in minor league football with the Seattle Cavaliers from 1980-82 and Eastside Express from 1983-85.   Education: Represented Carolina Panthers at the Inaugural Stanford Executive Education NFL Programs for Managers in 2003; Earned a Bachelor's degree from the University of Washington 1993; Newport High in Bellevue, Wa 1977

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