Which Cities Will Be Left For The XFL?

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Re: Which Cities Will Be Left For The XFL?

Post by Andibald » Sat May 12, 2018 8:13 am

Charlie Ebersol, Alliance of American Football founder, is bullish on Memphis
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Q: What about salaries?

A: Every player in the league will make a base salary of around $50,000. Every single player. But then we structure bonuses around a couple different things. Win bonuses, obviously, if your team wins, you get a bonus. There’s statistical bonuses based on preset thresholds, so if you meet a certain statistical threshold you’ll get a bonus. The big thing — and again, we’ll roll this out over the next couple months to show how this works — but the big thing is fan engagement bonuses. ... We want the fans to think they have some say, even if it’s just financial, in driving the players' decision-making and how they decide to represent themselves to the larger community. Hopefully, that’s going to create a much tighter bond between players and their fans.

Q: You did a documentary on the XFL. Your father was co-founder of the XFL with Vince McMahon. McMahon is starting another spring football league. Is there some family schism we should know about?

A: My father and Vince created the XFL together. These are family friends. The Alliance of American football is something that we’ve been working on for a long time. ... If there’s one thing I learned in making the film it was that you have to empower the fans to be the decision makers. If you look at what the Memphis team did in 2001 in terms of ticket sales and engagement and how much the market embraced the experience, you recognize that there was something there. The flip side is, the need for high-quality football is paramount. When you look at the executives we’ve been announcing, the league executives, the team executives, the scouting executives that we’ve already started to put together, and then you look at the head coaches, the Spurriers and the Childresses and the Singletaries, what we’re doing — and we’re doing it very methodically — is showing people that our commitment to quality is the highest thing. Ultimately, marketing will be very important but it can’t start as a marketing stunt, it has to start as quality football.
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Former Memphis football player Kosha Irby is announced at the new president of Memphis' new Alliance of American Football league team during a press conference at the Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. (Photo: Mark Weber/The Commercial Appeal)

Q: There was more initial buzz for the XFL in Memphis than there is for this team. But then the XFL fell off a cliff.

A: New Coke made a lot of noise but I don’t think a lot of people are drinking New Coke any more. Quality lasts forever. You think about the products you take home. You go to the farm, you’re driving a John Deere. ... I’m well-funded, I have a great television partner, I have a five-to-seven year plan. I am going to take this really slow. And I’ve picked cities specially because of their engagement with professional sports. What you guys have done in Memphis over the last 10 years is extraordinary. You have built a fan base for three different sports leagues in a really meaningful way and it’s been a long-term commitment, and ultimately, that’s what I’m looking for in our cities. You want to be in markets that are going to embrace you for a long period of time, that are going to embrace you through the ups and downs. And I’m a big believer that Memphis is capable and interested in doing something like that and, based on early ticket engagement, it seems like the city is very excited.

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Re: Which Cities Will Be Left For The XFL?

Post by Andibald » Mon May 14, 2018 5:30 pm

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City stop #4 takes us WEST (real West) to the land of the Great Salt Lake. We'll be live on Wednesday with all the details!

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Re: Which Cities Will Be Left For The XFL?

Post by Andibald » Wed May 16, 2018 1:40 pm

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The Alliance of American Football, which will begin play in February of 2019, announced Wednesday that the Valley has been awarded an AAF franchise, currently known as Alliance Phoenix. The AAF will announce the head coach of the franchise during a press conference at Arizona State University on Friday morning.

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Re: Which Cities Will Be Left For The XFL?

Post by Sykotyk » Thu May 17, 2018 3:00 am

Five down. Still curious if St. Louis or San Diego get a team. So Cal was stated early on. And not much deviation from the initial leak. Guessing San Diego and a Texas city (San Antonio?) and somewhere northeast.

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Re: Which Cities Will Be Left For The XFL?

Post by Andibald » Fri May 18, 2018 3:24 pm

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Phoenix fans are in for a treat! Coach Rick Neuheisel officially announced as head coach for the #AlliancePHX team with all home games played at Sun Devil Stadium.

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Re: Which Cities Will Be Left For The XFL?

Post by Andibald » Tue May 22, 2018 6:32 pm

More rumors for Martz to SD:

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Mike Martz, a former Super Bowl-winning offensive coordinator who was also head coach of a Super Bowl team, is expected to coach with the San Diego club of the Alliance of American Football, according to two people with knowledge of recent developments.

Martz, 67, attended Madison High in San Diego and coached three years at San Diego Mesa College. It’s likely he will be named head coach of the new team, although that could not be confirmed.

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Re: Which Cities Will Be Left For The XFL?

Post by Andibald » Tue May 29, 2018 1:06 pm

San Diego is next for the AAF

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The best worst-kept secret in Alliance history. Thanks, @JaredAllen69 for the confirmation on city #6. See you Thursday! #JoinTheAlliance

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Re: Which Cities Will Be Left For The XFL?

Post by Andibald » Mon Jun 04, 2018 1:06 pm

Alliance Birmingham

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Re: Which Cities Will Be Left For The XFL?

Post by Andibald » Thu Jun 07, 2018 12:33 pm

From twitter:
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A name and city proposal for all 8 @xfl2020 teams! #XFL2020
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Re: Which Cities Will Be Left For The XFL?

Post by ZGare » Thu Jun 07, 2018 4:52 pm

St. Louis has a domed NFL stadium where the Rams used to play. Right downtown. St. Louis sold out the 66K stadium for 13 straight years until the Rams were part way through the worst 5-year record in NFL history. St. Louis is the biggest sports crazy city in North America -- selling more major league sports tickets in 2017 per person than any other city in North America, according to attendance counts from ESPN. And this was with just 2 major league teams, after the Rams left.

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The LA Rams got higher TV ratings in St. Louis LAST YEAR - 2017 than they did in LA. And the team was good out there.

St. Louis is the 20th largest metro in the U.S. St. Louis is further from an NFL city than any metro it the top 50, and further from a Division 1 College football team than any metro in the top 50. St. Louis Fans would go crazy for football.

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