Now another football league arises, with big-name backing
The Alliance of American Football will kick off the following Sunday. On network television (CBS) as well as through a multitude of free digital platforms.
Yes, spring football. We know, from the USFL to the World League to the XFL, the idea has not worked. Here’s why the Alliance thinks it has a strong chance of succeeding: the folks involved.
The league will have eight teams cities and stadiums to be announced, though look for complementary sites, not NFL venues, and warmer climates given the February-late April schedule. Rosters will be culled from NFL cuts to the 53-man maximum after preseason, which Polian calls the core of our constituency; collegians who have gone undrafted, including underclassmen who have lost any remaining eligibility; players looking to return to the sport; and free agents from the CFL or elsewhere.
As a single entity, the Alliance will own all contracts and players will be dispersed in a variety of manners. If someone played in the NFL or in college for a Florida team or school, he’d likely wind up on a Florida-based franchise, for example. There also will be a mechanism after those allocations for a team interested in a certain player to get his rights. And then coaches of specific teams will have access to a group of players outside the allocations.
On March 12, Hall of Fame wide receiver and Beckham mentor Cris Carter said he was disgusted with the athlete’s behavior.
The story goes that boxing promoter Don King was being sued for broken promises when he was asked to comment on the allegations.
King erupted. Allegations? he shouted, I don’t even know the alligators!
If you or I were totally innocent of serious charges if we had nothing at all to do with it or hide and held a news conference to declare our total innocence, wouldn’t we be eager to take questions afterwards?
That’s why it seemed odd that University of Arizona basketball coach Sean Miller on Thursday, after reading a statement declaring his complete innocence in an alleged $100,000 payment to land a top recruit, then refused to take, let alone answer, any questions.
Also odd was that Miller spoke haltingly, remedially, as if reading from a lawyer-crafted statement he’d seen for the first or second time.