"We wanted to give fans not just an opportunity to see great football but to see what would happen if you brought the players and the league together", Ebersol said. The league plans to have eight teams and will play a 12-week season February 9, 2019, and will be broadcast on CBS. "That's what it's about, sort of like a minor league for football in America and the guys make a little bit".
"The fact I can do this in Orlando makes it that much sweeter", Spurrier said. With the Bandits, he got his first taste of head coaching in the upstart United States Football League (USFL), and he made "BanditBall" a favored alternative to the still-woeful Buccaneers, reeling in the USFL's top attendance and going 35-21 before the league dissolved after its third season amid certain owners' efforts to compete directly with the NFL.
"What first captured my attention was Charlie and Bill's commitment to putting top-flight, professional football on the field and creating a true alliance between fans, players and the game", Spurrier said in a statement.
As previously reported, CBS will be a TV partner for the league, televising its debut game and championship contest on the network, while broadcasting one game a week on CBS Sports Network. He led the Gamecocks to their first SEC Eastern Division championship game in 2010.
According to Ebersol, the other seven teams to play in the AAF (along with their coaches) will be announced in the coming week. "Those players get a chance to continue playing even if they don't play at the highest level, and then maybe someday they play well enough to go to the highest level". "He will take some time away from his duties while he coaches but will remain on our staff and continue to serve as an ambassador for the Gators after the season", Florida Athletic Director Scott Stricklin told the school's website. "Player safety, that's top priority".
For Ward, it's all about the well-being of the players. I mean, that's something we want to bring to our league. Season-ticket seat deposits will go on sale beginning at 4 p.m. April 17 at aaf.com.