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    Yesterday, I watched a one hour long special, for the 1st inaugural Draft for the AAFL. I'm not sure what to think. It mostly looks like a bunch of players that couldn't make onto NFL rosters. But regardless, I am looking forward to the games. It just might satisfy me during the dead time after the NFL draft. Not really sure what kind of TV contract the league has though.

    One thing I like, is the way they have structured the League and draft rights to players, to allow for a sort of local fan base. The current six teams are allowed exclusive rights to players from universities from within their own states, or within neighboring states......in other words

    Team Arkansas...Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas

    Team Alabama....Mississippi, Georgia, Alabama

    Team Tennessee...South Carolina, Kentucky, Tenn

    Team Michigan...Illinois, Indiana, Michigan

    Team Florida and Texas...only from within their own states, because of the huge player/University base.

    ***All other states and Universities are up for grabs


    Some other notes:

    ***College style goal posts and Hash marks, 35 yard OT ball spot....all other NFL rules.

    ***10 game schedule from April thru July, One playoff round and then Championship game.

    ***Players salaries topped out at $50,000 dollars

    ***Tickets for games about $13 dollars

    ***Players must graduate from college

    Some of the players I recognized....

    Eric crouch.......Drafted 2nd overall
    Peter Warrick.....NFL BUST
    Tee Martin......QB Tenn, 8 years ago
    Tony Bua........Loved this guy out of Arkansas
    Marcus Randall...QB out of LSU a couple years ago

    Check out the site and draft results:

    All American Football League

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    Nice to see "He Hate Me" aka Rod Smart back in action. These kind of things never seem to work out. I wish that the NFL would have a developmental league besides the AFL because how can you judge the AFL it isnt real football. The USFL turned out a lot of good players but leagues like this need the NFL's support to make it.
    Aim high Willis, Aim High!

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    • #3
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      they are trying to compete with the NFL. therefore the NFL helping them would be plain stupid. just like Mark Cuban and His Leauge he is starting.

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        From what I understand the NFL is somewhat in support of this league, because the AAFL is not attempting to take it's players. Apparently all of the players will be NFL undrafted, and players who made it to NFL camps, but were later released by NFL teams.

        Players will max out at $50,000 dollar contracts, so Players will not be leaving the NFL teams to get richer by any means. The players will be signed on a yearly basis, no long term type contracts.

        I assume NFL teams will also be closely watching certain players, since the season ends right before NFL training camps. I'm sure there will be some surprise sleepers every now and then, as long as the league stays in business.

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          The AAFL is also using NFL Officials to officiate their games.

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          • #6
            Re: New All American Football League (AAFL)

            when does it start?

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              I read the AAFL was NOT going to try to compete with the NFL, they are wanting to get those guys who couldn't make it in the NFL, and concentrate especially on "hometown heroes" for their teams. Tee Martin is a hero in Tennessee because he won that Championship, but lot of people haven't heard of him, so he is a "hometown hero."

              But that league Cuban and then are starting has said it wants to compete with the NFL.

              Also, the NFL is suppose to be looking for that new "NFL-Europe like" team to become it's development league. I know the NFL was looking at the AFL (Arenea Football League) at first, but may want to look in to the AAFL since it's rules are a lot more similar to the NFL.

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                Originally posted by LARAM View Post
                Apparently all of the players will be NFL undrafted, and players who made it to NFL camps, but were later released by NFL teams.
                Where were these guys in 1979 when I was cut by the Rams? I sure could have used a second chance. Bummer.

                :\

                Figurine of me back in 1979 made by my good friend AlphaRam
                Last edited by bigredman; -02-17-2008, 11:56 AM.

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                  Originally posted by bigredman View Post
                  Where were these guys in 1979 when I was cut by the Rams? I sure could have used a second chance. Bummer.

                  :\

                  Figurine of me back in 1979 made by my good friend AlphaRam
                  so, BRM, what percentage of a share of the SB loser's winnings were you entitled to? :\
                  RnD

                  GO RAMS!!

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                  • #10
                    Re: New All American Football League (AAFL)

                    I would love to watch this brand of football.... when does it start??/ will it be televised by like outdoor network or something??

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                    • #11
                      Re: New All American Football League (AAFL)

                      Originally posted by LARAM View Post
                      The AAFL is also using NFL Officials to officiate their games.
                      Now I know the NFL is trying to sabotage this new league

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                        Re: New All American Football League (AAFL)

                        Eric Crouch - 2008 AAFL MVP

                        HA! HA! HA!
                        LA RAMMER

                        It's Jim not Chris
                        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9HNgqQVHI_8

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