However, maybe fans like the idea of the AAF, because it is more football to watch until the NFL comes back on. Additionally, there will be a sky judge referee who can communicate with the officials on the field in real-time so the refs won't have to go under the hood.
Let's look at some of the top plays and score updates through the game, which featured the Hotshots taking a lead during the second half.
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. After three more coordinator stops in college, including at Maryland and Syracuse, Coyle rose to the National Football League as the Cincinnati Bengals' cornerbacks coach in 2001, working under Marvin Lewis through 2011, then again from 2016-2017.
"That was a great atmosphere", said the league's other co-founder, longtime NFL executive Bill Polian. Patriots fans might recall that he has a history of influencing rule changes; after Bill Belichick's defense manhandled the Indianapolis Colts' offense in 2004, Polian - then the Colts' president - prodded the National Football League until it restricted what defenders could do to receivers downfield. For those of us already in withdrawals from the lack of Pittsburgh Steelers' football, it might be a nice filler. The team will be coached by, coaching legend Steve Spurrier. With 17 players having played collegiate football at Utah, BYU or Utah State, the local connection is certainly strong. Starting under center for the Memphis Express, one of eight teams in the new league, he completed 10 of 23 passes for 67 yards and threw an interception in a 26-0 loss to the Birmingham Iron at Legion Field.
Kings send Iman Shumpert to Rockets in 3-team trade with Cavs
The people spoke on condition of anonymity because the National Basketball Association trade call has not yet been completed. Shumpert, 28, has had a strong season for the resurgent Kings, averaging 8.9 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.2 assists.
Game times will vary, but for the spring semester, football fans can enjoy a historical season watching teams chalk full of players looking for their shot at the big leagues.
The challenge for the AAF will be to keep the good times rolling.
"We're disappointed", Legends coach Kevin Coyle said.
In stark contrast to the thousands who tailgate in a festive atmosphere before UCF games in the fall, only a smattering of fans mingled in a plaza near the 44,000-seat stadium on a cloudy and windy evening. CBS Sports Network will televise one game a week, the NFL Network will show 19 games, and TNT and B-R Live will also carry broadcasts of the action throughout the season.