Alliance of American Football debuts with strong ratings

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There's been demand for a pro football spring league for quite some time, and someone finally made a decision to seize the moment: the Alliance of American Football, or AAF. Their goal is, obviously, to get football fans to watch as much of their product as possible, and they succeeded on Saturday. Spurrier said. "They saw enough good plays after the first quarter or so, and we finally put on a little bit of a show".

The Head Ball Coach is back, lighting up the scoreboard and selling the Alliance of American Football. The eight-team upstart league will play a 10-game regular-season schedule and crown its champion after a title game on April 27.

Although there are several significant differences between the AAF and the National Football League, the game as a whole shouldn't be too far off what you're used to seeing on Sundays. Orlando is led by legendary college coach Steve Spurrier, while former San Francisco 49ers head coach Mike Singletary will manage the Express. Gilbert finished his opening night with a very respectable stat line of 15 of 25 passes for 227 yards and two touchdowns. But with just about a month until Atlanta's AAF kickoff, he departed for what McKay deemed his "next endeavor", leaving Coyle to become a head coach for the first time in his career.

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Saints fans can catch Tull and the Express in their season-opener against the Birmingham Iron at 3 p.m.

Two hours before game-time between Orlando and Atlanta, traffic flowed freely and there were few visible signs that the league was about to make its debut at Spectrum Stadium on the campus of UCF, where the Apollos have chosen to play in a more intimate setting than the larger Citrus Bowl near downtown Orlando.

So, sadly for AAF fans, they will never see a moment such as this.

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Nevertheless, this is great news for the AAF and bodes well for the future of the league. The teams are fired up and ready to go, as fans across the world wait in anticipation for the ball to hit the kickers foot, and mark the start of the game. CBS Sports Network will broadcast the first matchup, while NFL Network will take the nightcap.

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