If you think Vince McMahon’s reboot of the XFL in 2020 will mean there are two professional football leagues in two years, guess again.
Apparently, there will be three.
Because while he’s doing market testing over the next year, Charlie Ebersol, who directed the ESPN “30 for 30” documentary on the XFL last year, will be debuting his Alliance of American Football next year.
In fact, he’s already several steps ahead of the WWE head honcho as his league already has a television deal in place.
The league’s first game on February 9th of 2019 and championship games will air on CBS, Then CBS Sports Network will carry one game per week with the remaining games all available via the AAF’s app.
The league, which will host its first game the week after Super Bowl 53, will have a 10-week season and 50-man rosters consisting basically of NFL castoffs trying to prove the teams that cut them were wrong and win back a job the following season.
“I think where businesses like this fail is that they expect to have ludicrous and unrealistic ticket and media deal projections in Year 1,” says Ebersol. “Our investors here understand that it’s a seven- to 10-year plan.”
Wow—I give it seven to ten weeks.
Because the teams that cut the players weren’t wrong