The AAF Start Soon.  Who’s going to Watch?
Posted: 05 February 2019 12:03 PM   [ Ignore ]
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Here’s a good read on the Spring league:

https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/aaf-2019-viewers-guide-schedule-coaches-players-things-to-know-for-new-pro-football-alliance/

Here are some of the rule differences that stick out:

Play clock: The AAF’s play clock will be 35 seconds, five seconds shorter than the NFL’s. Anything less, Ebersol believes, will actually make the games longer due to sloppier play that results in stoppages through incomplete passes, penalties and the like.

Timeouts/challenges: There are no television timeouts during games and an ongoing effort to have fewer commercials to reduce overall game time to roughly 150 minutes instead of 180 minutes in the NFL. Additionally, replays will be limited to two coach’s challenges for either team.

Kickoffs: There are no kickoffs; instead, teams will start drives from their own 25-yard lines. In lieu of an onside kick, each team will have a “fourth-and-10” from their 35-yard line. If the offense converts for a first down, it keeps the ball. These alterations were designed not only with player safety in mind, but as a reaction to what NFL fans find to be among the least interesting parts of the game.
Two-point conversions: There will be no extra point attempts after touchdowns, only two-point conversions.

Overtimes: To help keep games within a two-and-a-half hour time slot, there will be one overtime session. Each team will start an offensive possession from the 10-yard line, and just like in regulation, two-point conversions are required. Games can end in a tie after the overtime period.

The kickoff rule is interesting.  I really like the twist in the “onside option” where you can have a “4th and 10” to keep the ball.

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Posted: 05 February 2019 03:11 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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I will watch solely because of the no TV timeouts.  It’s one thing I love about soccer.  Constant content and action.  Don’t give people a reason to look away.

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Posted: 10 February 2019 09:39 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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I watched the Orlando game last night.  The quality of play was better than expected.  The rules are going to take some getting used to.  Only allowing 5 men to rush the QB is going to take some getting used to.  It’s hard to judge players performance after one game.

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Posted: 11 February 2019 04:25 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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I didn’t watch,, but I heard it was pretty good. I doubt I’ll sit down to watch a full game but I’ll catch some here and there and see if it grabs my interest.

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Posted: 12 February 2019 12:31 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Didn’t know the channel or time so I missed it but I’m down for offseason football.  Was it on a major network?

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Posted: 12 February 2019 12:29 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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Ancient Orange - 12 February 2019 12:31 AM

Didn’t know the channel or time so I missed it but I’m down for offseason football.  Was it on a major network?

It was on CBS and the NFL network show a game.  I think the CBS All-Access streaming service will carry the games as well.

The XFL is starting next year and I don’t see how these 2 leagues can put out a good product with the talent pool being watered down.  My guess is these two leagues will eventually merge.

There appears to be an appetite for a spring league nowaday.  I still remember the USFL and enjoyed it.  This won’t be good for the CFL.

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Posted: 13 February 2019 10:36 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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I cut the DirecTV chord. I cut back my work with my dad sick, and now must trim budget. I’m not sure how I’ll see football in fall. May just have to buy tickets on stubhub and go.

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