The most telling part is the country loves football, in any format, and the AAF gave football fans an outlet to quench their endless football appetite.
The Apollos' head coach Steve Spurrier is no stranger to the state of Florida.
That's a heck of a victory for the new football league, which generally played to positive reviews in its opening week.
"We're disappointed", Legends coach Kevin Coyle said. Sunday will now feature two more games worth of action in the new pro football league, and the nightcap of the festivities will feature the Salt Lake Stallions traveling to face the Arizona Hotshots in Western Conference action.
Hall of Famer Willie Lanier is an executive in the league office, where former Pittsburgh Steelers stars Hines Ward (head of football operations) and Troy Polamalu (head of player relations) also work. "We started with nothing and we're going to open it up on Saturday with eight teams playing what I think will be pretty good football".
So Spurrier is now 6-0 in first games coaching a new team.
The ol' head ball coach, who led the Washington Redskins from 2002-2003, returned to the sideline Saturday night, coachin' up the Orlando Apollos. Some of those changes are that there are no kickoffs or extra points - teams must always go for two after a touchdown- the play clock is 35 seconds instead of 40 seconds and there are no television timeouts. This way, the AAF will hope to generate more of a fan interest by keeping players close to their local ties.
"I'd just like to be a story of growth", Ebersol said. "They're a partner. The goal is to improve and support the ecosystem of football". Sports TV Ratings said the first game on CBS averaged 2.913 million viewers between 9 p.m. and 11 p.m.
The Alliance has built a proprietary tech platform that will allow for a real-time, rewards-based system of integrated gaming and in-game wagering for fans in states where sports gambling is legalized. Eastern. Over on ABC, the National Basketball Association game drew 2.524 million viewers during that time slot, although ESPN said the ABC broadcast peaked with a 3.2 rating around 11 p.m. "Those are the guys we're finding".