3 Reasons why you should want the AAF to be successful
Here we are, heading into Week 3 of the inaugural Alliance of American Football season, and the league thus far has been well received. Yes, some would attribute the success to it being something new. Some argue that the interest for the AAF will flame out. However, we cannot deny the results from the first two weeks. In its debut weekend, the two games that aired on CBS got higher ratings than an NBA game. Which, by the way, happened to be a game between two of the NBA’s top teams: Thunder-Rockets. That’s not all. Attendance for the games has been respectable too. Each game has had at least 15k in attendance. There is still a long way to go for this league to be a mainstay in sports but as football fans, we should be rooting for it. Remember, this league doesn’t exist to challenge the NFL. Rather, the goal is to supplement it. Think of it like a semi-pro league. Here is 3 reasons why you should want the AAF to be successful:
- More football to watch
This is obvious and probably goes without saying. WE LOVE AMERICAN FOOTBALL. With just NFL football, the season is over after the Superbowl. Of course, the hardcore fan will pay attention throughout the offseason to the Free Agency period, the NFL Combine and Draft. The casual fan? Probably not. With the AAF we get to watch football all the way through May. That leaves us with only 3 months before the NFL kicks into high gear again.
- Larger pool of talent
I am sure you have heard the names Kurt Warner, Herschel Walker, and Steve Young. All three of those players made it into the NFL after stints in the Arena Football League or the old USFL. There is a slew of other players who also made an impact in the NFL after spending time in another league. Seriously, not everyone can be a stud coming out of college. Plus, a lot of times players from small schools get overlooked. What about practice squad players? Each team gets 10 players for their practice squad but they never really see playing time. A league like the AAF gives players who were not given a legitimate shot in the NFL to compete and develop into a better player.
- Ideas that can make the NFL better
The AAF already does some things better than the NFL. The NFL is far from perfect. How often do we complain about the officiating of NFL games? Look, I get it, officiating will never be perfect. But, how awesome is the replay system in the AAF? That transparency of the replay system is exciting and gives the fan more insight to how and why calls are made. Or what about no kickoffs or extra points? I’ll be the first to admit that I was skeptical about eliminating kickoffs. Honestly, watching the AAF games you hardly notice the difference. Also, the fact that you are no longer guaranteed an extra point (I know it is not actually guaranteed, but close enough) makes for some tense situations. The beauty of the AAF is that it can experiment with possible rule changes that could potentially make the NFL better.
I don’t know about you, but at the end of the day, I just want to watch football. I just can’t get enough of it. That is the biggest reason we should want the AAF to be successful amongst many other reasons. So get out there, buy some merchandise for your favorite team, and let’s keep this thing going!
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