Alliance of American Football is coming to San Antonio as one of the league’s eight inaugural markets, the league announced Wednesday morning. This article will be updated as information becomes available. Last Updated 6/20/18 10:00am
What is The Alliance of American Football?
The Alliance of American Football is a professional football league launching in 2019. The 8-team league begins play on February 9, 2019 and culminates in a championship game the final weekend of April 2019.
The Alliance was founded by Charlie Ebersol and Bill Polian, who serve as CEO and Head of Football respectively. Recently retired NFL players Troy Polamalu, Jared Allen, and Hines Ward are among those serving as executives in the league’s front office.
Rather than independent teams, AAF will operate with a single entity structure similar to Major League Soccer. Other markets in the league include Atlanta, Birmingham, Memphis, Orlando, Phoenix, Salt Lake, and San Diego.
The 12 week season is poised to capitalize on the post-Super Bowl hangover many football fans feel when the NFL season closes. Unlike arena football, The Alliance is full 11v11 football played on a 100-yard field.
The Alliance’s 2019 start date gives the league a year’s head start on potential rival-league XFL. While XFL has attempted to win fans by focusing on “sticking to sports,” The Alliance’s website advocates for player health and wellness during and after their careers.
What we know about the San Antonio team
Tuesday evening, The AAF posted a video to the league twitter feed hinting at the final market to be announced.
Former Dallas Cowboys Fullback and broadcaster Daryl “Moose” Johnston will serve as the team’s general manager, Sirius XM’s Alex Marvez claims sources have told him.
Marvez also reports Mike Riley will serve as the team’s head coach. Riley most recently committed to an assistant head coach role at Oregon State University for the upcoming 2018 season. Riley has held head coaching positions with the San Diego Chargers, Nebraska Cornhuskers, and Oregon State.
The team will play in The Alamodome. The league’s February-April schedule would not interfere with UTSA’s college football season.