The First Night of AAF Football

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There was a bit of that same energy down on the concourse level of the stadium as fans walked in, but there was also a hint of curiosity that surrounded them.

However, for those die-hard fans that simply need to watch the gridiron during the weekend, the Alliance of American Football is kicking off this weekend on Saturday night.

But Ebersol couldn't help trumpeting that the AAF topics were 11 of the 20 most trending on Twitter following the game and that the league's app was No. 1 on Google Play and No. 2 in the Apple Store.

The Action Network's Darren Rovell relayed the ratings for the opening night game on CBS was on par with the National Basketball Association game featuring Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder and James Harden and the Houston Rockets. Retired defensive ends Jared Allen and Justin Tuck will advise on Player Relations, as officiating consultants Mike Pereira and Dean Blandino offer up the experience they both acquired as the NFL's Vice President of Officiating.

As many football fans will surely attest, seeing Steve Spurrier back with a play-sheet in his hand just feels right. Some of those changes are that there are no kickoffs or extra points - teams must always go for two after a touchdown- the play clock is 35 seconds instead of 40 seconds and there are no television timeouts.

Dennis Erickson is head coach in Salt Lake and will face off against Arizona's Rick Neuheisel.

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If you get a chance to catch a game, you should. Here we go again? "I think there will be some growing pains, but it will all sort its way out".

Overall, it was kind of fun, with Sunday promising the debut of former San Francisco 49ers coach Mike Singletary as the coach of the Memphis Express in a 4 p.m.

The Apollos' head coach Steve Spurrier is no stranger to the state of Florida. "I think we had a pretty good crowd, 20,000 wasn't bad". "I got a bunch of texts from friends and one captured it best".

The challenge for the AAF will be to keep the good times rolling. For the quarterbacks, a four-round draft was held that allowed teams to protect one player from their region or pick from the entire pool.

This isn't the first time Spurrier has been part of a new league.