Designed to capture the attention of football fans who pine for live action and suffer withdrawal symptoms once the regular NFL season closes, the new Alliance of American Football (AAF) is trying to carve out its own niche by offering an appealing mix of gridiron action and gambling opportunities. AAF aims to make their off-season game more watchable for viewers. By eliminating some of the time-honoured breaks in NFL action (e.g. TV timeouts) they have produced a game which still bears all the hallmarks of American Football, but now with more fluidity thanks to the removal of frequent interruptions.
AAF screen launch
The new league’s initial viewing figures have been encouraging, with fans keen to watch the San Antonio Commanders secure a 15-6 home win over San Diego Fleet, while elsewhere, the Orlando Apollos demolished the Atlanta Legends in a pulsating game which finished 40-6. Though no contracted NFL players are involved, the AAF have tried to choose locations where they can tap into strong local enthusiasm and select teams who can compete with a skill and intensity that is close to what the NFL outfits can offer.
While the launch has been a broadcasting success, with games screened by networks like CBS, NFL Network, TNT and FuboTV, that´s not actually the primary goal of the AAF league. Where the regular football leagues make their profits by promoting ticket sales and driving up their TV ratings, the AAF´s core business is Data and Sports Betting. And given that sports betting is now a legal option in the US, this marriage of sport and gaming has the potential to deliver huge returns.
A powerful app experience
The AAF’s new app is available in Android and iOS mobile formats, and both Google and Apple have reported great business with fans rushing to get a download. This feature enables real-time app data to be captured to create on-screen fantasy game simulations, as well as introducing type in-match betting to determine scorers and plays, or predict other events and developments in the game before they occur. This real-time visualization and gamification of the live AAF match play experience is achieved by app architecture which is reputed to transmit play-by-play data updates with a delay of no more than 200 milliseconds. Rival apps used for other sporting events currently have much longer delays of up to 30 seconds, which appears to give the new AAF option a major advantage in the field of sport betting.
AAF Team Contenders
Former NFL legend Michael Vick is the offensive coordinator, with ex-college quarterbacks Aaron Murray and Denard Robinson leading the Legends’ offense. The defense is underpinned by local heroes like T.J. Barnes, Brandon Watts, KeShun Freeman and Corey Griffin.
NFL fans will recognise the Iron’s Trent Richardson, who tallied 19 all-purpose touchdowns in four years of league action. Still only 28 years old, Richardson is a player who still has plenty to give to the game.
The Express are coached by one-time NFL head coach Mike Singletary. He can call upon the skills of two quarterbacks with NFL-level game potential: ex-Penn State signal-caller Christian Hackenberg and Zach Mettenberger who once turned out for LSU.
Loaded with Florida talent, Apollos will be coached by the legendary Steve Spurrier. Quarterback Austin Appleby (ex Gators) will spend time under center, assisted by defensive lineman Jacob Pugh (ex Seminoles).
Rick Neuheisel used to be a college football coach and will lead an outfit with a distinctive Pac-12 flavour. Trevor Knight on offense and defensive back Rahim Moore are set to be the mainstays for the Hotshots.
Salt Lake Stallions
The Stallions’ head coach is Dennis Erickson, a football guy with extensive pro- and college experience. Utah grad Kaelin Clay plays at a wide receiver, with ex-Minnesota Vikings running back Matt Asiata in the backfield.
San Antonio Commanders
Mike Riley is a long-serving coach from Oregon State and Nebraska. The Commanders’ line-up will also feature in-state college playere like Kenneth Farrow, Aaron Green and Trey Williams.
San Diego Fleet
Offensive expert Mike Martz leads San Diego Fleet. And though he may now lack some of that St. Louis Rams firepower, Martz can still call upon Colorado’s Nelson Spruce and ex-Dallas Cowboys tight end Gavin Escobar when he needs to turn up the heat.
Upcoming AAF games calendar
Orlando at Salt Lake Sat, Mar 02 4 p.m. ET B/R Live
San Diego at Memphis Sat, Mar 02 8 p.m. ET NFL Net/fuboTV
San Antonio at Birmingham Sun, Mar 03 4 p.m. ET CBSSN/fuboTV
Atlanta at Arizona Sun, Mar 03 8 p.m. ET NFL Net/fuboTV
Orlando at Birmingham Sat, Mar 09 2 p.m. ET B/R Live
Salt Lake at San Diego Sat, Mar 09 8 p.m. ET NFL Net/fuboTV
Memphis at Atlanta Sun, Mar 10 4 p.m. ET CBSSN/fuboTV
San Antonio at Arizona Sun, Mar 10 8 p.m. ET NFL Net/fuboTV
Memphis at Salt Lake Sat, Mar 16 4 p.m. ET
Arizona at Orlando Sat, Mar 16 8 p.m. ET
San Antonio at Atlanta Sun, Mar 17 4 p.m. ET
Birmingham at San Diego Sun, Mar 17 8 p.m. ET
Orlando at Atlanta Sat, Mar 23 3 p.m. ET
Salt Lake at San Antonio Sat, Mar 23 8 p.m. ET
San Diego at Arizona Sun, Mar 24 4 p.m. ET
Birmingham at Memphis Sun, Mar 24 8 p.m. ET
Orlando at Memphis Sat, Mar 30 2 p.m. ET
San Diego at Salt Lake Sat, Mar 30 8 p.m. ET
Atlanta at Birmingham Sun, Mar 31 4 p.m. ET
Arizona at San Antonio Sun, Mar 31 8 p.m. ET
Memphis at San Antonio Sat, Apr 06 4 p.m. ET
San Diego at Orlando Sat, Apr 06 8 p.m. ET
Salt Lake at Atlanta Sun, Apr 07 4 p.m. ET
Birmingham at Arizona Sun, Apr 07 8 p.m. ET
San Antonio at Salt Lake Fri, Apr 12 8 p.m. ET
Atlanta at Memphis Sat, Apr 13 8 p.m. ET
Birmingham at Orlando Sun, Apr 14 3 p.m. ET
Arizona at San Diego Sun, Apr 14 8 p.m. ET
Those AAF fans who can’t get enough of the app’s features will also be delighted to hear that the Platinum Play experience can offer more great sports thrills in online casino slot games such as Football Star, Basketball Star, Rugby Star, Shoot! and Worldcupmania.