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Assessing the Alliance (AAF)

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1 hour ago, The Gnat said:

I watched about 30 seconds of it. I think it's going to have a lot of trouble in the long run. With the XFL, even the new version coming back, people are still going to treat it like second rate football, the AAF is basically the NFL's minor league's, which is a good thing, but as a more serious football league, the product on the field was not all that great in week one.

If it gets full support from the NFL, it can survive, but that is always going to be an open question.  The USFL had, by far, the best opportunity to survive, but our current President had a huge hand in destroying that chance...and the era of TV that we live in (back then, cable was still a young entity and there were only 3 channels plus PBS, as Fox did not exist yet), with so many multiple other things to watch, makes it a far more difficult environment for a minor league like to this to succeed.  To succeed, it has to find a niche to survive, whether as a true minor league to send draftees/bottom of the roster players to, or as an alternative pathway to the NFL for guys who can't succeed academically in college.  The shtick of trying out new rules won't be enough.     

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13 hours ago, swede700 said:

If it gets full support from the NFL, it can survive, but that is always going to be an open question.  The USFL had, by far, the best opportunity to survive, but our current President had a huge hand in destroying that chance...and the era of TV that we live in (back then, cable was still a young entity and there were only 3 channels plus PBS, as Fox did not exist yet), with so many multiple other things to watch, makes it a far more difficult environment for a minor league like to this to succeed.  To succeed, it has to find a niche to survive, whether as a true minor league to send draftees/bottom of the roster players to, or as an alternative pathway to the NFL for guys who can't succeed academically in college.  The shtick of trying out new rules won't be enough.     

It seems that it has a good portion of backing from the NFL. They played it on NFL network, Kurt Warner (who works for NFL network) was the analyst for a game, have their highlights on their website, and have their schedule on their bottom line.

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