Vince McMahon's XFL has competition from an old partner and his son

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The football world has been giddy for the past couple of months at the thought of the return of the XFL in 2020.

Under its deal with the AAF, CBS will air league matchups beginning with the February 9, 2019, season opener and culminating with the championship game the weekend of April 26-28, with one regular-season game airing each week exclusively on CBS SportsNetwork.

"There are 28,000 Division I football players", Charlie Ebersol said in the article. However, Ebersol's new league could pose a challenge to the XFL, should McMahon's league decide to play in the NFL's offseason. Either way, there hasn't been any buzz about the XFL since Vince's online press conference, and the rival league is beating him to the punch with a television deal and by starting a year earlier than the XFL's 2020 relaunch.

The AAF had several notable NFL names involved in its launch, including former Central-Coosa football and basketball standout Justin Tuck, who retired after the 2015 season, his 11 as an NFL defensive end. While this does eliminate onside kick attempts, teams can try to keep possession after they score. A developmental league would be good for everyone including the NFL, and it sounds like Ebersol plans to give players who couldn't make the NFL a shot ("We're looking for those Kurt Warners working in grocery stores and we think we will find them", he told ESPN).

"We believe fans and players are what's most important, so our approach is simple - we've created an Alliance where fans and players share in the success of their teams", Charlie Ebersol said, via variety.com. That team will be given the ball at their own 35-yard line, and will be given a fourth-and-10 to begin the "drive". "We have to be able to take advantage of the people who just stop playing fantasy when the National Football League season ends". Play clocks will be 30 seconds, there will be no tv timeouts and fewer commercials on games broadcast on CBS and livestreamed on the AAF website. The AAF doesn't view itself as a league that is competing with the NFL, but one that will be complimentary to it.

From the sound of ESPN's reporting, the league seems to be aiming to be more like the stable CFL than the exciting but volatile XFL. The XFL has a mindset that "because the NFL is doing this, we're doing that", the Alliance of American Football made changes because they felt it made the sport of football better and not necessarily because of what it is the NFL did.

Since the AFL, no second American pro football league has succeeded.

That lack of direct animosity toward the NFL might have been why it was easier for the Alliance of American Football to get a TV deal with an NFL partner like CBS.

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