AAF reportedly posts better ratings than top National Basketball Association matchup

Orlando Apollos rout Atlanta in AAF debut, 40-6

Other startup football leagues like the USFL and XFL did fantastic ratings right away, and then those fizzled quickly.

Never, ever underestimate the power of football in America. To put that into perspective, the National Basketball Association game on ABC drew 2.524 million viewers during that same time slot.

The AAF is an eight-team league co-founded by Pro Football Hall of Fame executive Bill Polian and Charlie Ebersol, son of longtime NBC Sports Chairman Dick. The AAF feels like its on to something and with cooperation from the NFL, there could be some serious weight to this new league in the years to come if the play gets better. They'll have one possession to score a touchdown, then attempt a two-point conversion.

First and for most, the production quality of this game was really good.

There are no kickoffs, with each team starts a possession after a score or at the start of a half at its 25-yard line. The play clock will only run 35 seconds, five seconds shorter than the NFL.

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It was a long night for Atlanta, which took the field barely a month after the sudden departure of coach Brad Childress and just days after the team decided ex-NFL quarterback Michael Vick would no longer hold the title of Legends offensive coordinator. "The ol' ball coach" played quarterback at the University of Florida, where in 1966 he was awarded the Heisman Trophy.

For Birmingham, today's game marks the first return of professional sports to their city in 20 years.

"Our games have been reimagined to be faster, with fewer commercials and more action", said Waddell. The AAF should still be very happy with what it did last night. The Orlando Apollos defeated the Atlanta Legends 40-6, while the San Antonio Commanders defeated the San Diego Fleet 15-6. The NFL Network has agreed to broadcast 19 games throughout the entire season, while CBS will air one AAF game per week.

So the Alliance of American Football launches in two hours, and you may be asking yourself whether you should watch the game that will be broadcast on CBS.

Tonight the Alliance of American Football gave Orlando professional football again as a thankful and loud crowd at Spectrum Stadium welcomed the Orlando Apollos home in a big way. The first game of the season will be on February 9, 2019, at 8 pm EST kicking off the Orlando Apollos versus the Atlanta Legends.

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