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Old 07-27-2006, 08:13 AM   #1
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All American Football League

http://www.allamericanfootballleague.com/

Interesting concept. It is a new spring outdoor professional football league. They'll take guys who didn't get drafted or are on the bubble with NFL clubs and let them play. The are going to play on University fields, and they are going to try and have the players play for the team located closest to the college they graduated from.

From the site:

The All American Football League is a for-profit, professional football league. Most of the League's teams will be hosted by universities with Division IA football programs. Games will be scheduled in the spring and early summer at times that will not conflict with university activities.

League teams will employ only those players who have both completed their college football eligibility and earned a four-year degree. This policy is expected to have a very positive impact on universities’ NCAA Graduation Success Rate and their Academic Progress Rate. To the extent practical, graduates of host universities will play for the team hosted by their alma mater.

The League intends that each League team will sell memberships to its fans and supporters. Members may be entitled to renewable season tickets in preferred locations, preferred parking, and other “insider” benefits. The League also hopes to provide Members access to high-definition private broadcasts of League games.

According to a January 2004 USA Today article entitled, "What's Going Through Prep Stars' Minds?" the nation's top high school football seniors express professional football ambitions.

Some 77% of those surveyed expect to eventually play in the NFL, with an additional 15% believing their chances of making the NFL are between 25% and 50%.

However, only a small percentage of players will actually make the NFL, and the average career length for those that do make it is only 4 years.

League teams will provide many players the opportunity to play before a loyal and enthusiastic fan base. For some, the League will be a stepping-stone into, or back into the NFL, but for most, it will be their best opportunity to play professional football. Based on NCAA figures that 50% of all college football players on scholarship graduate, the League estimates about 1,600 former college players, and about 640 new players each year would meet its minimum educational requirements and desire to play in the League.




The league is set to start play in April of 2007. It might be nice to have a true spring league and farm system for the NFL besides Arena.

On the site, they also have all kinds of polls to help them shape how the fans want the league to be.
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