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 Posted: Sat Apr 7th, 2018 07:28 pm
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Steve Spurrier to coach Orlando team in new spring league, Alliance of American Football



Steve Spurrier is returning to football. The Alliance of American Football, a new professional spring league set to debut next February, revealed the AAF's first host city will be Orlando, with college football Hall of Famer Spurrier set to coach.

The Alliance's co-founder Charlie Ebersol, former NFL star Hines Ward, who is serving as an executive of player relations, and Spurrier himself joined "CBS This Morning: Saturday" to discuss the new league, which will kick off just one week after next year's Super Bowl.

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The games will be available to stream on a free app, on CBS and CBS Sports Network. Teams in eight different cities will play a 10-game season.

"We brought in the best players and the best coaches to be at the top of the organization. We wanted to give fans not just an opportunity to see great football but to see what would happen if you brought the players and the league together," Ebersol said.

Spurrier, a seven-time SEC champion and Heisman trophy winner, said he was intrigued by the new rules of the game, which include two-and-half hour games and 30 seconds in between plays, and the opportunity to include great players who don't make it into the NFL.

"It's a fine line between who makes a team and who doesn't in the NFL. We don't have a minor league of professional football," Spurrier said. "Those players get a chance to continue playing even if they don't play at the highest level and then maybe someday they play well enough to go to the highest level."

For Ward, it's all about the well-being of the players. "Player safety, that's top priority. I mean, that's something we want to bring to our league."

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Hines Ward who was a wide receiver assassin out there now strives for player safety??? I am starting to think this is getting overblown as to causes and effects.

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I think Ebersol and Vince are in cahoots. They each get a league up and going and then merge them ala AFL and NFL. Have their own Superbowl.

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Quattro wrote: I think Ebersol and Vince are in cahoots. They each get a league up and going and then merge them ala AFL and NFL. Have their own Superbowl.

That would be great.


I just have a bad feeling that these leagues are going be more about the spectacle than the sport. 

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Quattro wrote: I think Ebersol and Vince are in cahoots. They each get a league up and going and then merge them ala AFL and NFL. Have their own Superbowl.
I just don't understand how one of those leagues is going to find enough talent, much less both of them.



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I’m sure it’s all going to be terrible

I watched some XFL the first time around to see some people broke the fuck off but lost interest quickly. This time around I won’t bother watching any off it.



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The league just got Michael Vick to be an offensive coordinator too.



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I think this league wants to be an NFL equivalent to the NBA's G League (formerly the D League and before that the NBDL). The NFL hasn't had something like that since it shut down NFL Europe. The idea is practice squad guys, recent former college players who didn’t make an NFL team, and fringe players who played in the NFL, but got cut and have been out of the league for a year or two would have a place to go for playing time experience and to stay physically sharp in the lead up to training camps. I don't see this outfit as wanting to challenge the NFL head on.

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