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New spring pro league set to play in college towns

Discussion in 'NFL Zone' started by Doomsday101, Jul 27, 2006.

  1. Doomsday101

    Doomsday101 Well-Known Member

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    NEW YORK (AP) -- Former NCAA president Cedric Dempsey is ready to give a new pro football league that ol' college try.

    Dempsey and 12 other people from the worlds of sports, education and business have teamed up to form the All American Football League, which is scheduled to start play next spring. The league plans to field eight teams based in college towns, playing in stadiums on campus or nearby.

    Though Dempsey declined to say where the teams will play, he said the cities will feature colleges from the Atlantic Coast Conference, Southeastern Conference and Big Ten. The league already has stadium usage agreements in place, he said, and now needs to find investors willing to spend between $2-3 million to buy franchise rights.

    Perhaps the most interesting part of the league: a player must have graduated to participate.

    That diploma will guarantee a healthy paycheck. AAFL players will earn about $100,000 a season, Dempsey said, better than minimums offered in the Arena Football League -- about $30,000 -- and NFL Europe for example. The league, not teams, will pay the players and coaches to control spending.

    Dempsey and the board of directors view the league as a continuation of the college game, hoping fervent fans will support a pro team in their town.

    "It was an intriguing idea from the beginning, and I wouldn't have had an interest in this if it was just another football league," Dempsey said at a news conference Wednesday. "But it had such a close tie back to higher education ... and it gives an incentive to finish school."

    Unlike the XFL, a spring pro league that failed, the AAFL has no plans to compete with the NFL.

    Instead, the AAFL, which will play under college rules, is aiming for a regional audience.

    To that end, teams will feature players who have starred in that college town, and from surrounding areas and conferences. The league hopes to sign players who haven't latched onto an NFL team.

    "I don't think these are going to be people that think of themselves as great football stars, but I think they're going to be people who enjoy the game, enjoy playing and would like to play a little while as they're beginning to start their careers," said board member Charles Young, former chancellor at UCLA and president at Florida.

    Dempsey said the league has gotten financing from a small group of investors but declined to specify an amount. Another source of money could be a television deal, but only preliminary talks have been held. Tickets to games will cost $30.

    "We're going to have to generate the money to make it work," Dempsey said. "That's obviously the next step. We've had a lot of discussions with potential franchise holders and obviously one issue has been is this really going to happen? This will take it another step."

    Among the others committed to the league: James Bailey, former executive vice president of the Browns and Ravens; former ACC commissioner Gene Corrigan; former UCLA athletic director Peter Dalis; former Tennessee defensive back Charles Davis; and former Tennessee and Florida coach Doug Dickey.

    The idea for the league started two years, and it plans a kickoff in the second week of April, with the first season running about 10 weeks. The group is committed to make it a success -- and forming a different niche for football fans.

    "We don't see ourselves as a competitor to the NFL," Bailey said. "They're going to get the best players, but we think there are plenty of good players who don't make the NFL that can play good quality football and good exciting football and have connections to their local areas."

    Copyright 2006 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
  2. Ceasaleo88

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    Sounds like a good idea to me. I hope they have a team in the DC/MD area
  3. Qwickdraw

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    will never last...
  4. Doomsday101

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    I agree. For those who enjoy college football this has a chance to work. Having players on each team who come from the area truly makes it the fans team.
  5. RCowboyFan

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    I agree, I might give it a try certainly, if they setup in DFW area. Since TCU is here, I am guessing they might be inclined to have one here or probably not and might go with Austin I guess.
  6. Doomsday101

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    I wish them the best of luck and if there is a team around the Houston area I would be inclined to check it out. As it is now I enjoy going to the high school game and following a lot of these kids as they make it to the college level for many decent players this is a chance to continue playing the game they love
  7. 1fisher

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    what about televised games for those of us who may NOT get a team? did I miss that in the article?
  8. Bob Sacamano

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    the AFL and NFLE are lasting, unlike the XFL, this league is going to be pretty well-run, c'mon, anything that is headed by Jim McMahon is scheduled to fail
  9. Bob Sacamano

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    no you didn't, as part of trying to get franchises is from television contracts, or so they're shooting for
  10. Doomsday101

    Doomsday101 Well-Known Member

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    I was woundering about that as well but did not see anything about TV contracts.
  11. Bob Sacamano

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    Another source of money could be a television deal

    from the article

    could mean just regional television, but if it gains the success they are hoping for, it's bound to get a national TV contract
  12. 1fisher

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    I'm sure we will hear more before next spring..... I'll certainly be watching if it's available!
  13. Doomsday101

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    True, key word is "could be" it appears at this time there is no deal out there. For this league to generate some interest and cash no doubt they will need to come up with a TV contract
  14. jcblanco22

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    Yeah, that McMahon guy is always too busy trying find ways to get people P.O.'d, like wearing those headbands, to successfully run a league. :p:
  15. Bob Sacamano

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    hehe, good one

    I wanna say Ed McMahon, but he's that Publisher's Clearinghouse guy, the WWE guy then, whatever his name is and who ran the XFL
  16. cowboyfreak

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    VINCE
  17. Bob Sacamano

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    yeah, that ******
  18. 1fisher

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    No.... it's Mike or Jim.....:laugh2:
  19. Bob Sacamano

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    they're all douches OKAY?!! GOSH! :p:
  20. 1fisher

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    you're right:laugh1:

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