According to a press release from The Alliance of American Football (AAF), experienced a 50% growth in online viewership across its platforms on its first day of week two action, fueled by two comeback wins that kept The Birmingham Iron and The Arizona Hotshots undefeated. In the press release, Charlie Ebersol co-founder and CEO stated “I’m always asked, what does success look like? My answer has and will continue to be, growth. I’m encouraged by the 50% increase in online viewership across The Alliance platforms from week one; it’s our belief that fans want more football, and if we can put good, quality football on the field, they will tune in and engage with our product. We’ll continue to improve the experience on and off the field, and look forward to Sunday’s action after a couple great comebacks by the Iron and the Hotshots today.”

We watched the games on Sunday, and boy, did those contests deliver. The AAF has clearly had a successful start and based on the crowd at the San Antonio game Sunday it appears local fan support has picked up as well. The product they are putting on the field has the feel of quality. Heck, people watch the NFL pre-season and these games are far superior to those in every way.

If you’re not familiar, led by some of the most respected football minds in the game, The Alliance of American Football is top-flight professional football fueled by an unprecedented Alliance between players, fans and the game. Founded by TV and film producer Charlie Ebersol and Hall of Famer Bill Polian, The Alliance features eight teams with 52-player rosters playing a 10-week regular season schedule beginning February 9, 2019 on CBS, followed by two playoff rounds and culminating with the Alliance Championship game at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas on April 27, 2019. Additional broadcast and distribution partners include Turner Sports — TNT and B/R
Live — as well as the NFL Network. Fans can stream key Alliance match-ups live via the free Alliance app while accessing integrated gaming options. With a focus on player well-being on and off the field, The Alliance provides 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.

The eight cities, stadiums and head coaches are as follows:
● Orlando Apollos / Spectrum Stadium / Steve Spurrier
● Atlanta Legends / Georgia State Stadium / Kevin Coyle
● 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

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