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Charlie Ebersol, the documentary filmmaker and son of longtime tv executive Dick Ebersol, announced Tuesday the AAF will play its inaugural season next year, according to ESPN's Darren Rovell.

Organizers of the Alliance of American Football announced on Tuesday their plans to launch the league on February 9, six days after the NFL's Super Bowl LIII.

Other games will be telecast on the CBS Sports Network.

Should the AAF kickoff as planned, it will beat the new-look XFL to the market by a full year. He started the original XFL in 2001, which ran for one season. No such agreement is in place for the XFL. Well today the word in the sports world that the Alliance Of American Football will kick off in 2019. But more than that, Ebersol is confident in his football vision. The NCAA would no longer need to worry so much about improper benefit scandals or trying to push athletes through a curriculum they have no interest in just to keep them academically eligible and maintain the farce of amateur athletics (not sure how you can call a multi-billion dollar industry "amateur").

In order to speed up the games, which Ebersol said will run for about two and a half hours, or roughly 45 minutes less than the average National Football League contest, CBS and CBSSN will forego all premeditated commercial breaks. "Only 1,700 have National Football League jobs", Ebersol said. "The game will only stop when it naturally stops".

The AAF will feature eight teams, a 10-game regular season schedule and rule changes that are created to speed up the pace of the game.

There will be no kickoffs, no insides kicks, no TV timeouts, a 30-second play clock and two coaches replay challenges per team for only "consequential plays". For the sake of comparison, the Nielsen-rated NBC Sports Network boasts some 83.9 million subs, good for a 70 percent penetration rate. The championship game will be the weekend of the NFL Draft. Just like the XFL, the Alliance of American Football saw an opportunity to have a more enjoyable broadcast compared to the NFL by making the games faster and limiting commercial breaks. It will also have its own app where games can be streamed free of charge and where fans can participate in play-by-play fantasy-football-style gaming.

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Ebersol also backed up his announcement by revealing a media plan, which was not included in McMahon's unveiling of his reborn league.

Unlike numerous league before it, the Alliance of American Football has a good model. "This is a long-term vision", he said. 'Our investors here understand that it's a seven- to 10-year plan'.

The eight host cities will be announced in the next few months. Dick Ebersol, who also pioneered NBC's Olympic broadcasts, will serve on the board of directors.

While McMahon's league boasts McMahon's money. Ebersol intends to stock teams with high-level college football players who didn't make the cut in the NFL. "There are 28,000 Division I football players".

That same point resounded this afternoon.

"For the a year ago, in secret, we've been building a new football league", Charlie Ebersol said. "Building a league like this, as we know from history, is about seeing past the first season".

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