Starting in 2019, that will no longer be the case as another league plans to get things rolling and rival what the XFL is trying to do.
As far a rules, Polian told the AP there will be two replay challenges per game for each coach and no more along with no TV timeouts.
The league will consist of eight teams and 10 games with playoffs and a championship game coinciding with the weekend of the NFL Draft. They will also launch a smartphone app on which fans will be able to stream games and play fantasy football.
There will be no kickoffs or extra points and teams will start on the 25-yard line after scores and at the start of each half. Instead of onside kicks, the scoring team will have one play from its own 35-yard line to convert a fourth down and 10 play to keep the ball. Play clocks will be 30 seconds and every touchdown will be followed by a two-point conversion attempt. Ebersol's links to the XFL extend to its former life in 2001, as his father Dick Ebersol was Vince McMahon's partner during the extreme league's original run.
While nothing concrete appears to be in place for the XFL, the Alliance of American Football, which was announced today through ESPN, has announced that it will beat the XFL to market by a full year and has recruited a plethora of NFL veterans to ensure that they hit the ground running. He said the league would appeal to the tens of millions of fans who play fantasy football but must stop playing once the NFL season ends. Ebersol's son Charlie and a group of investors are launching the league in 2019 and have already struck a broadcast deal with CBS Sports. "We're looking for those Kurt Warners working in grocery stores, and we think we will find them".More news: Police chief says Uber 'likely not' at fault in pedestrian accident
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Does America need more pro football? The AAF doesn't view itself as a league that is competing with the NFL, but one that will be complimentary to it.
"Fifty-nine million people play fantasy and 20 million people play only fantasy football", Ebersol. Billed as "a shift in the way we approach professional sports", the eight-team league is going for a fan-friendly vibe with free streaming of games, integrated fantasy football elements and greater interactivity. "We have to be able to take advantage of the people who just stop playing fantasy when the National Football League season ends".
From the sound of ESPN's reporting, the league seems to be aiming to be more like the stable CFL than the exciting but volatile XFL. Players have our commitment that we will seek the highest degree of safety and our support as we continue to invest in their success off the field with post-football career scholarships and financial wellness programs. Maybe that also means we can see ads during National Football League broadcasts but I doubt that.
I do have one suggestion to those at the Alliance of American Football and that is to do something about shortening that name.