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Alliance of American Football

The Alliance of American Football (AAF) is a professional American football league founded by Charlie Ebersol and Bill Polian. It began play on February 9, 2019, one week after the National Football League's (NFL) Super Bowl LIII championship game. The AAF consists of eight centrally owned and operated teams. All teams except Salt Lake are located in cities on or south of the 35th parallel and all teams except Birmingham are located in metropolitan areas that have at least one major professional sports franchise. Of the eight teams in the league, all but Arizona and Atlanta are located in markets lacking an NFL team. History Filmmaker Charlie Ebersol was inspired to create the AAF in late 2016 after making the documentary This Was the XFL for ESPN Films' 30 for 30 series; upon researching and examining the history of the XFL, he came to the conclusion that the concept was viable but that the finished product was both poorly executed and, from an on-field standpoint, bad football. He began developing the AAF ...more...

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Alliance Atlanta

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Alliance Atlanta (temporary name[1]) is a future professional American football team based in Atlanta, Georgia and are charter members of the Alliance of American Football, which is set to play in February 2019 at Georgia State Stadium on the campus of the Georgia State University. They will be coached by former NFL player and head coach Brad Childress. The team named former Atlanta Falcons and Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick as its offensive coordinator.[2][3] Players Offense Aaron Murray Kyle Bolin Kirk Wilson Stephen Hill Gerald Christian Michael Henderman Freddie Burden Defense Khalil Bass PJ Davis Brandon Watts Darrian Bass Des Lawrence Shaq Wiggins Van Smith Carlos Merritt Jr Laronji Vason References Alliance Atlanta official website Michael Vick will lead offense of new pro football league team in Atlanta, JuliaKate E. Culpepper, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, April 25, 2018 Michael Vick to be offensive coordinator on new Alliance of American football At ...more...

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Alliance Birmingham (temporary name) is a future professional American football team based in Birmingham, Alabama and are charter members of the Alliance of American Football.[1][2] The league is set to begin in February 2019, and the team will play its games at Legion Field until a new stadium near Birmingham–Jefferson Convention Complex has completed construction. The new stadium is expected to be completed in 2021.[2] The team will be the only active professional football team playing in the Birmingham metro area as well as the first fully professional football team in the state of Alabama since the original XFL's Birmingham Thunderbolts in 2001. (Semi-pro indoor American football teams have played in the area since then, including the Alabama Steeldogs of arenafootball2 and most recently the Alabama Outlawz of Arena Pro Football, who played in the Birmingham exurb of Columbiana.) Alliance Birmingham is the only team in the AAF whose head coach, Tim Lewis, has never been a head coach at any level. It is a ...more...

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Alliance Memphis

Alliance Memphis (temporary name)[2] is a future professional American football team based in Memphis, Tennessee and a charter team of the Alliance of American Football.[3] It was the 3rd of 8 teams announced for the new league, which is set to play in February 2019.[4] They will play in Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium[1] and will be coached by former NFL player and head coach Mike Singletary.[5] History The Alliance of American Football announced the awarding of the third inaugural league team, Alliance Memphis, on May 4, 2018.[2] This announcement was followed by the May 10, 2018 announcement of Mike Singletary as the team's head coach.[5] On July 30, 2018, the Alliance announced team Memphis had signed its first 29 players.[6] On January 4, 2019, training camp will open in San Antonio.[1] The teams' season opener will be February 9, 2019.[2] Players Alliance Memphis' assigned area, which designates player rights, includes the following colleges, Memphis, East Tennessee State, Middle Tennessee State Uni ...more...

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Alliance Orlando

Alliance Orlando (temporary name [1]) is a future professional American football team based in Orlando, Florida and are charter members of the Alliance of American Football, which is set to play in February 2019 at Spectrum Stadium on the campus of the University of Central Florida. They will be coached by former college and NFL head coach Steve Spurrier, who was announced as coach on the same day the franchise was announced on CBS This Morning: Saturday. [2] Players Offense QB: KD Humphries RB: Joseph Yearby, Mark Herndon, Storm Johnson, Freddie Stevenson WR: Brian Tyms, Rannell Hall, Dondre Daley TE: Standish Dobard OL: Jay Rhodes, Vincent Calhoun, Marquis Lucas Defense DL: Leon Orr, Tony Guerad LB: Tyriq McCord, Nick McBeath, Davon Durant DB: Cody Riggs, Josh Cox, Tre Dempsey, Will Hill Special Teams P: Ben Turk, Cameron Nizialek LS: Paul Kelly References Alliance Orlando official website Steve Spurrier announced as first coach and Orlando first host city for Alliance of American Football, Ke ...more...

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Alliance Phoenix

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Alliance Phoenix

The Alliance Phoenix (temporary name) is a future professional American football team based in Phoenix, Arizona and is the 5th team to join the upcoming Alliance of American Football. They will play their games at Sun Devil Stadium on the campus of Arizona State University beginning in February 2019. They will be coached by former NFL player and college head coach Rick Neuheisel.[1] Players Offense Jacob Alsadek Wyatt Demps Anthony McMeans Jhurell Pressley Prince Shonolda Jordan Vilamin Connor Hamlett Connor Jessop Jake Krause Lene Maiava Demario Richard Larry Rose Allenzae Staggers Alek Torgersen Kenneth Walker III Defense Kamari Cotton-Moya Da'Sean Downey Chris Johnson Kieron Williams Steve Beauharnais K.J. Dillon Randall Goforth Robert Taylor Special Teams James Fisher Nicholas Dooley Joe Davidson References Benjamin, Cody. "Former UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel will run Alliance of American Football's Phoenix team". CBSSports.com. Retrieved 21 May 2018. External Link ...more...

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Alliance Salt Lake

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Alliance Salt Lake

Alliance Salt Lake (temporary name) is a future professional American football team based in Salt Lake City and are charter members of the Alliance of American Football. Set to be coached by Dennis Erickson, Alliance Salt Lake is the northernmost team in the Alliance and the only one north of the 35th parallel north.[1] References "Salt Lake City 4th city for new Alliance football league". The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved July 29, 2018. External links Alliance of American Football official website ...more...

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Alliance San Antonio

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Alliance San Antonio

Alliance San Antonio (temporary name) is a future professional American football team based in San Antonio, Texas and are charter members of the Alliance of American Football.[2] The league is set to begin in February 2019, and the team will play its games at the Alamodome.[2] [3] It was announced on June 21, 2018 that former San Diego Chargers coach Mike Riley as head coach and former Dallas Cowboys fulllback Daryl Johnston serves as General Manager of the Alliance San Antonio.[4][5] References "Mike Riley named head coach of San Antonio pro football team". Retrieved 21 June 2018. Bailey, W. Scott (June 20, 2018). "New pro football league to add San Antonio franchise". San Antonio Business Journal. Retrieved 20 June 2018. Marquez, RJ. "San Antonio's newest pro football team to be introduced on..." www.ksat.com. Retrieved 2018-06-21. "San Antonio is 8th AAF franchise; Riley to coach". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2018-06-21. "San Antonio set to get Alliance of American Football team, but history is s ...more...

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Alliance San Diego

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Alliance San Diego

Alliance San Diego (temporary name) is a future professional American football team based in San Diego, California and are charter members of the Alliance of American Football.[1][2] The league is set to begin in February 2019, and the team will play its games at SDCCU Stadium.[2] They will be coached by former NFL head coach Mike Martz.[2] The team will be the only active professional football team playing in San Diego and the first since the former San Diego Chargers moved to Los Angeles in 2017. (Early reports had Rick Neuheisel coaching the team before he instead agreed to take the coaching job in Phoenix.)[3] Roster References "AAF Brings Pro Football Back to San Diego". Our Sports Central. June 1, 2018. Retrieved June 1, 2018. Krasovic, Tom. "AAF confirms San Diego is getting football team; what should it call itself?". San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved 29 May 2018. "Rick Neuheisel: "Nothing has been finalized" with coaching return". Pro Football Talk. April 10, 2018. Retrieved April 11, 20 ...more...

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Arizona Hotshots

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Arizona Hotshots

The Arizona Hotshots are a professional American football team based in Phoenix, Arizona, and one of the charter members of the Alliance of American Football, which began play in February 2019. They play their home games at Sun Devil Stadium on the campus of Arizona State University. They are coached by former USFL player and college head coach Rick Neuheisel. Scott Brubaker is the team president and Phil Savage is the general manager. History Rick Neuheisel was announced as the head coach of the Arizona Hotshots by the Alliance of American Football on May 18, 2018. The team was slated to play at Sun Devil Stadium.[1] By September 25, Scott Brubaker and Phil Savage were named team president and general manager, respectively.[2] Phoenix's name and logo were revealed on September 25, 2018, as the Arizona Hotshots along with the other three western teams.[3] The name is a tribute to the region's firefighters, nicknamed hotshots, while the color scheme of green, orange, and yellow are commonly worn by such fir ...more...

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Atlanta Legends

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Atlanta Legends

The Atlanta Legends are a professional American football team based in Atlanta, Georgia, and are charter members of the Alliance of American Football (AAF), which began play in February 2019. They play their home games at Georgia State Stadium on the campus of the Georgia State University. They are coached by Kevin Coyle, one of two current AAF coaches without prior head coaching experience. History The Alliance Atlanta team was announced by the league on April 25, 2018, as its second initial team. Additionally, the head coach, Brad Childress, and offensive coordinator, Michael Vick, were announced.[1][2] On September 20, the league announced for four eastern inaugural franchises' names and logos including Atlanta as the Atlanta Legends.[3] The name and colors (purple, gold, white) are tributes to famous historical figures from the city, such as Martin Luther King Jr. and Hank Aaron.[4][5] Childress resigned a month before the start of the 2019 season, and Kevin Coyle, initially hired as the team's defensi ...more...

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Salt Lake Stallions

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Salt Lake Stallions

The Salt Lake Stallions are a professional American football team based in Salt Lake City and one of the charter members of the Alliance of American Football (AAF), which began play in February 2019. The Stallions are the northernmost team in the AAF, as the league's only franchise north of the 35th parallel. The team's head coach is Dennis Erickson, who has a 179–96–1 record coaching college football and a 40–56 record coaching in the NFL. History The Alliance Salt Lake City charter franchise was announced to play at Rice–Eccles Stadium by the Alliance of American Football on May 14, 2018.[1] Dennis Erickson was named by the league as head coach on May 16, 2018.[2] Randy Mueller was named general manager by September 25, 2018.[3] The western four teams' names and logos were revealed on September 25, 2018, with Salt Lake as the Stallions with the colors of blue, deep sky blue and silver.[4] The name is inspired by the land speed records set at the Bonneville Salt Flats, while the colors represent aspects o ...more...

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Birmingham Iron

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Birmingham Iron

The Birmingham Iron is a professional American football team based in Birmingham, Alabama, and are charter members of the Alliance of American Football (AAF).[1] The team began play in 2019, playing its home games at Legion Field until a new stadium at the Birmingham–Jefferson Convention Complex has completed construction. The new stadium is expected to be completed in 2021.[1] History The team was announced as a charter team of the Alliance of American Football on June 4, 2018.[1] The team's first head coach was announced on June 6 as Tim Lewis, his first job at the position.[1][2] On September 20, the league announced four eastern inaugural franchises' names and logos, including Birmingham as the Birmingham Iron.[3] The name is a tribute to the city's iron industry, while the team colors of black, dark grey, and light grey are based on iron ore, coal, and flux, the components used to make steel.[4][5] The final 52-man roster was set on January 30, 2019.[6] The team's first game was at home against the Me ...more...

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Orlando Apollos

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Orlando Apollos

The Orlando Apollos are a professional American football team based in Orlando, Florida, and are charter members of the Alliance of American Football, which began play in February 2019. The team plays its home games at Spectrum Stadium on the campus of the University of Central Florida. They are coached by Heisman Trophy winner and former college and National Football League (NFL) head coach Steve Spurrier. NFL front office veteran Tim Ruskell is the general manager and longtime college athletics executive Michael P. Waddell is the team president. The team's name is inspired by the Greek god Apollo, and his and Florida's connections to the Sun, while the team's colors of orange and navy are tributes to Florida's sunshine and the Apollo program, respectively. The helmet depicts Apollo shooting a bow-and-arrow, as he is commonly pictured as an archer.[1] Apollos games are broadcast on iHeartRadio's Real Radio 104.1 FM with the Apollos’ weekly radio show heard Thursdays on WYGM and WJRR HD-2 channel, while a w ...more...

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Memphis Express (American football)

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Memphis Express (American football)

The Memphis Express are a professional American football team based in Memphis, Tennessee, and a charter team of the Alliance of American Football,[1] which began play in February 2019. They play their home games at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium,[2] and are coached by former National Football League player and head coach Mike Singletary.[3] History The Alliance of American Football announced the awarding of the third inaugural league team, Alliance Memphis, on May 4, 2018.[4] This announcement was followed by the May 10, 2018, announcement of Mike Singletary as the team's head coach.[3] On July 30, 2018, the Alliance announced team Memphis had signed its first 29 players.[5] On September 20, the league announced four eastern inaugural franchises' names and logos including Memphis as the Memphis Express.[6] The name is derived from Memphis' significance as a mail and cargo transport city being the "World Headquarters" of FedEx, with an airplane being featured in the logo.[7] On January 5, 2019, training ca ...more...

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San Antonio Commanders

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San Antonio Commanders

The San Antonio Commanders are a professional American football team based in San Antonio, Texas, and a charter team of the Alliance of American Football.[2] The league began play in February 2019, and the team plays its home games at the Alamodome.[2][3] History The Alliance San Antonio charter team of the Alliance of American Football spring league was announced on June 21, 2018. Also, the league announced former San Diego Chargers coach Mike Riley as head coach and former Dallas Cowboys fullback Daryl Johnston serves as General Manager of the team.[4][5] The western four teams' names and logos were revealed on September 25 with San Antonio as the Commanders.[6] The name is a tribute to San Antonio's military history, with maroon and silver representing the city and the small swords carried by military officers, respectively.[7][8] The final 52-man roster was set on January 30, 2019.[9] The team's first game was a 15–6 win at home against the San Diego Fleet on Saturday, February 9, 2019.[10] Staff Pla ...more...

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San Diego Fleet

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San Diego Fleet

The San Diego Fleet are a professional American football team based in San Diego, California and are charter members of the Alliance of American Football. The league began play in February 2019, with the team playing its home games at SDCCU Stadium.[1] They are coached by former NFL head coach Mike Martz.[1] The team is currently one of two active professional football teams playing in San Diego, along with the San Diego Strike Force of the Indoor Football League, and the first since the former San Diego Chargers moved to Los Angeles in 2017.[2] History The Alliance San Diego team and head coach, Mike Martz, was announced by the Alliance of American Football on May 29, 2018.[1] Early reports had Rick Neuheisel coaching the team before he instead agreed to take the coaching job in Phoenix.[3] Alliance San Diego's name, logo and colors were revealed on September 25, 2018, as the San Diego Fleet (battleship gray, yellow and silver gray) along with the other three western teams. The name indicates the city's ti ...more...

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Tom Veit

Tom Veit is an American sports executive, mainly working in professional American soccer and football leagues, from Tampa, Florida. Background Veit graduated from the University of South Florida with a degree in government and international affairs in 1993.[1] He worked for Pace Entertainment, promoting motorsport events across the United States while also working for the Tampa Bay Storm, later as its Director of Marketing & Operations.[2] He also worked for Clear Channel Communications, and served as the Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for the Tampa Bay Mutiny, a Major League Soccer (MLS) team, where he revamped the team's front office and led the largest single year revenue turnaround in MLS history at that time.[3] After the formation of the XFL in 2000, Veit was named Vice President and General Manager of the Orlando Rage.[4][5] After the league’s only season, Veit joined USF as the associate athletics director, where he oversaw the redesign of the school's logo.[6] In 2008, he be ...more...

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2019 AAF QB Draft

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2019 AAF QB Draft

The 2019 AAF QB Draft was the inaugural draft of the Alliance of American Football (AAF) for the 2019 season. The draft was a four-round quarterback draft where clubs were allowed to "protect or pick" from the selection. It was held on November 27, 2018, at the HyperX Esports Arena at Luxor Las Vegas and broadcast on the CBS Sports Network.[1] Draft rules The draft lasted four rounds with a preset draft order. The first round included a "pick or protect" method, where if a team elected to protect a player, they selected their player before the teams electing to not protect a player from their region. The second round kept the original selection order with the third and fourth rounds being the reverse order selection. "Protect or pick" rules Quarterbacks were allocated by region based on where they played college football or last played with a NFL or CFL team. If the player went to school outside of an Alliance team's area, the player will essentially be a free agent.[1] Teams were given the option to "pro ...more...

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SDCCU Stadium

San Diego County Credit Union Stadium, commonly known as SDCCU Stadium, is a multi-purpose stadium in San Diego, California, United States. The stadium opened in 1967 as San Diego Stadium and was known as Jack Murphy Stadium from 1981 to 1997. From 1997 to 2017, the stadium's naming rights were owned by San Diego-based telecommunications equipment company Qualcomm, and the stadium was known as Qualcomm Stadium. The naming rights expired on June 14, 2017, and the stadium was renamed SDCCU Stadium on September 19, 2017.[3] It is the home of the San Diego State Aztecs football team from San Diego State University. One college football bowl game, the Holiday Bowl, is held in the stadium every December. The stadium was the longtime home of two professional franchises: the San Diego Chargers of the National Football League (NFL) and the San Diego Padres of Major League Baseball (MLB). The Chargers played at the stadium from 1967 through the 2016 season, after which they moved to Los Angeles to become the Los Angel ...more...

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Georgia State Stadium

Georgia State Stadium is a college football stadium in Atlanta, Georgia. The stadium is the home of the Georgia State University Panthers football team as of the 2017 season, replacing the Georgia Dome which had served as their home stadium from the program's inception in 2010 until 2016.[8] It is also the home of the Atlanta Legends of the Alliance of American Football (AAF). Georgia State Stadium was originally built for the 1996 Summer Olympics as Centennial Olympic Stadium. Following the 1996 Summer Paralympics, the Olympic Stadium was reconfigured as designed into the baseball-specific Turner Field, serving as the home of the Atlanta Braves of Major League Baseball from 1997 until 2016. After the Braves' departure for SunTrust Park in Cobb County, Georgia State University acquired Turner Field and its surrounding parking lots for a large scale expansion of the Georgia State campus, which includes new private and student housing, academic, and retail space, in addition to the stadium redevelopment. Hist ...more...

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Alamodome

Aerial view from the top of the Tower of the Americas The Alamodome is a domed 64,000-seat, multi-purpose facility used as a stadium for football, basketball, soccer, and baseball, and as a convention center. It is located on the southeastern fringe of downtown San Antonio, Texas, United States. The facility opened on May 15, 1993, having been constructed at a cost of US$186 million. The multi-purpose facility was intended to increase the city's convention traffic and attract a professional football franchise. It also placated the San Antonio Spurs' demands for a larger arena. The Spurs played in the Alamodome for a decade, then became disenchanted with the facility and convinced Bexar County to construct a new arena for them, now called the AT&T Center. The Alamodome's biggest regular tenant is currently the UTSA Roadrunners. Features The facility is a rectilinear 5-level stadium which can seat up to 64,000 spectators for a typical football game and is expandable to hold 72,000 spectators, allowing ...more...

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Legion Field

Legion Field is an outdoor stadium in the southeastern United States in Birmingham, Alabama, primarily designed to be used as a venue for American football, but occasionally used for other large outdoor events. Opened 92 years ago in 1927, it is named in honor of the American Legion, a U.S. organization of military veterans. Since the removal of the upper deck in 2004, Legion Field has a seating capacity of approximately 71,594. At its peak, it seated 83,091 for football and had the name "Football Capital of the South" emblazoned from the facade on its upper deck. Legion Field is colloquially called "The Old Gray Lady" and "The Gray Lady on Graymont". The stadium's current primary tenant are the University of Alabama at Birmingham Blazers, a member of Conference USA. Stadium history Construction of a 21,000 seat stadium began in 1926 at the cost of $439,000. It was completed in 1927 and named Legion Field in honor of the American Legion. In the stadium's first event, 16,800 fans watched Howard College (now ...more...

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Rice–Eccles Stadium

Salt Lake City Location in the United States Rice–Eccles Stadium is an outdoor college football stadium in the western United States, located on the campus of the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah. It is the home field of the Utah Utes of the Pac-12 Conference. It served as the main stadium for the 2002 Winter Olympics; the Opening and Closing Ceremonies were held at the stadium, which was temporarily renamed "Rice–Eccles Olympic Stadium". The FieldTurf playing field runs in the traditional north-south configuration at an elevation of 4,637 feet (1,413 m) above sea level, 400 feet (120 m) above downtown Salt Lake City.[8] History The Rice–Eccles Stadium with the University of Utah's Block U When Salt Lake City was awarded the 2002 Winter Olympics in June 1995, it was obvious that Rice Stadium, the largest outdoor stadium in Salt Lake City, was not suitable to serve as the main stadium.[9] The concrete, timber, and earth-fill facility had been built in 1927 and was showing its age. In 1996, ...more...

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Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium

Liberty Bowl Entrance Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, originally named Memphis Memorial Stadium, is a football stadium located at the former Mid-South Fairgrounds in the Midtown area of Memphis, Tennessee, United States. The stadium is the site of the annual Liberty Bowl, and is the home field of the University of Memphis Tigers football team of the American Athletic Conference. It has also been the host of several attempts at professional sports in the city, as well as other local football games and other gatherings. History The stadium was originally built as Memphis Memorial Stadium in 1965 for $3 million, as a part of the Mid-South Fairgrounds, then home to one of the South's most popular fairs, but now conducted in neighboring DeSoto County, Mississippi. The fairgrounds also included the now-defunct Mid-South Coliseum (formerly the city's major indoor venue) as well as the now-closed Libertyland amusement park, which has been demolished and replaced with a disc golf course. It was dedicated as a memori ...more...

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Spectrum Stadium

Spectrum Stadium (formerly known as Bright House Networks Stadium) is an American football stadium located in Orlando, Florida, United States, on the main campus of the University of Central Florida. It is the home field of the UCF Knights of NCAA Division I FBS college football. The stadium opened in 2007 as a replacement for Camping World Stadium (then known as the Citrus Bowl) in Downtown Orlando, where the Knights had played since their inaugural season in 1979.[2] The steel and brick-clad stadium was designed by 360 Architecture and constructed in 18 months. The stadium underwent an $8 million renovation following the 2014 season. The Wayne Densch Center for Student-Athlete Leadership was built on the east facade of the stadium, and a party deck was added to the east stands.[12][13] Since the renovations, its seating capacity is 44,206.[4] The attendance record as of the 2017 season was 48,453 for an October 18, 2009 match-up against the Miami Hurricanes.[5] The stadium is known as The Bounce House, as ...more...

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Sun Devil Stadium

Sun Devil Stadium at the southeast entrance Sun Devil Stadium Press Box, 1998 Sun Devil Stadium is an outdoor football stadium on the campus of Arizona State University, in Tempe, Arizona, United States. It is home to the Arizona State Sun Devils football team of the Pac-12 Conference and the Arizona Hotshots of the Alliance of American Football. The stadium's seating capacity as of 2018 is 53,599, reduced from a peak of 74,865 in 1989, and the playing surface is natural grass. The field within the stadium was named Frank Kush Field in honor of Frank Kush, the former coach of the ASU football team in 1996.[7] Sun Devil Stadium is undergoing a $304 million renovation that is scheduled to be completed by June 2019.[8][9][10] It was the only major football stadium in the Phoenix metropolitan area until the construction of State Farm Stadium in Glendale in 2006. The stadium has hosted two annual college football bowl games: the Fiesta Bowl from 1971 to 2006, and the Cactus Bowl from 2006 to 2015. Sun Devil ...more...

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2019 AAF season

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2019 AAF season

The 2019 AAF season will be the first season in the history of the Alliance of American Football (AAF). The season will begin on February 9, 2019, and will be capped with a four-team playoff and a championship game to be played at Sam Boyd Stadium on April 27, 2019.[1] Teams The Alliance of American Football will have eight teams competing for its inaugural season. Club City Stadium Head coach Eastern Conference Atlanta Legends Atlanta, Georgia Georgia State Stadium Kevin Coyle Birmingham Iron Birmingham, Alabama Legion Field Tim Lewis Memphis Express Memphis, Tennessee Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium Mike Singletary Orlando Apollos Orlando, Florida Spectrum Stadium Steve Spurrier Western Conference Arizona Hotshots Tempe, Arizona Sun Devil Stadium Rick Neuheisel Salt Lake Stallions Salt Lake City, Utah Rice–Eccles Stadium Dennis Erickson San Antonio Commanders San Antonio, Texas Alamodome Mike Riley San Diego Fleet San Dieg ...more...

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Charlie Ebersol

Charles Duncan Ebersol,[1] (born December 1982)[2] is an American television and film producer and director. Ebersol is best known as the co-founder of The Company with Justin Hochberg,[3] executive producer of USA Network's NFL Characters Unite and a co-producer of The Profit on CNBC.[4] He is also the co-founder and CEO of the Alliance of American Football.[5] In 2012, Ebersol was named by The Hollywood Reporter as one of Reality Television's 50 Most Powerful Producers.[6] Early life Charlie Ebersol was born in Torrington, Connecticut,[2] the son of actress Susan Saint James and senior television executive Dick Ebersol.[7] Plane crash On November 28, 2004, during Charlie Ebersol's senior year at Notre Dame, a private chartered jet carrying Dick Ebersol and his two sons Charlie and Teddy Ebersol crashed during takeoff.[8] Charlie rescued his father from the wreckage, but Charlie's younger brother, Teddy, along with the pilot and flight attendant on board were killed.[9][10] The injuries the Ebersols s ...more...

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Bill Polian

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Bill Polian

William Patrick Polian, Jr. (born December 8, 1942) is an American NFL analyst for ESPN, American football executive, co-founder of the Alliance of American Football and was the Vice Chairman of the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League from 1998 to 2011. He rose to league prominence as the General Manager of the Buffalo Bills, building a team that participated in four straight Super Bowls—the most consecutive appearances by any team—but lost each time. Following his stint in Buffalo, Polian went on to become the General Manager of the expansion Carolina Panthers. Polian was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2015. Early years Polian grew up in the Fordham section of the Bronx in New York City and graduated from Mount Saint Michael Academy in 1960.[1] He attended the United States Merchant Marine Academy and graduated from New York University in 1964 with a history degree.[2] At NYU, Polian played at safety for the NYU Violets football club team.[1] He lived in Cornwall, New York from ...more...

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