League Vision and Model

The vision of the All American Football League™ is "To harness the fans passion for football, foster academic success and be the professional football league for which graduating players want to play and with which every Division I university wants to affiliate."
The League believes there is a pent up demand for games and seating at the universities and cities that will be hosting League teams. The League wishes to form strong bonds with the NCAA community and to support its mission of promoting graduation success rates and academic progress rates. The League believes that requiring its players to have a 4-year degree will provide strong motivation for players to achieve their degrees, and will attract a high caliber individual. Players will not be able to leave school early to play in the League as they can now for other professional leagues. The League hopes this policy will facilitate a synergistic relationship between the All American Football League™ universities and the NCAA.

The League's schedule will be collaboratively determined by the

(i) Council of Team Governors, which will be comprised of a senior representative of each team's management, and

(ii) the League's Board of Managers. It's expected that 10 regular season games will be followed by a two-week playoff made up of the League's top four teams. A league champion will be crowned in the championship game, which will be played on Fourth of July eve, 2008.

The League expects to begin membership and season ticket campaigns in October 2007 and commence play in April 2008.
No.
Among other things,neither the USFL nor the XFL started out with a format designed to capitalize on an established fan base. Also, it's interesting to note that many observers feel that the USFL would have been successful if it had maintained its original spring season format.
A quantitative research program was conducted in the last year to accurately gauge the fans' interest within the very regions and markets in which the League is working to have teams. The fans have responded very positively on all League concepts with these top-line results.

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On a business level, the host school leases its facilities, which is normally vacant during the Spring season, for use by the League in return for a negotiated fee.

League Ownership, Funding and Officials

The League is governed by its Board of Managers, who collectively own more than a majority interest in the League. The Board of Managers will select the Commissioner and other League executives responsible for its day-to-day operations.

The Board is structured as a self-perpetuating body whose members have staggered terms of office. This structure will ensure continuity and sound management.

The Board alone has the authority and responsibility for all business matters, including football operations. The Charter Board is comprised of a blue ribbon group of individuals with extensive university, football and business experience.

Teams will initially operate as divisions of League whose football operations will be run by a quasi-independent board and General Manager.

The League was created by a highly accomplished group of former high-ranking NCAA and private industry executives whose careers have prepared them for this launch.

Collectively, the League's board has over 300 years of collegiate, NCAA, professional football and business experience from which to draw. The Board members' names and bios can be found on the League's site at this link: http://aafl.ispacetechnolabs.com/bios.html.

Team Ownership - Franchises

Teams will operate as divisions of the League, with each Team being run by a quasi-independent board, Team President and Head Coach. The League is actively seeking those interested in becoming members of each team's advisory board, and will consider applications from all qualified persons who complete the form.

This FAQs page is not an offer to sell, or a solicitation of an offer to buy, a franchise.

The person or group selected must have appropriate business experience and resources that suggest their chance of success to be high.

The League's initial funding has been provided by private investors. Future additional funding will include additional private financing, corporate sponsorships, broadcasting, and royalties from the sales of merchandise, ticket and membership proceeds.

It's interesting to note that the XFL and the USFL were both run and backed by persons and companies with seemingly bottomless pockets. But ultimately, those leagues failed because not enough fans enjoyed the games.

Players

Players must have both graduated with a 4-year college degree or higher degree and have used up all four years of their NCAA playing eligibility. Although the League expects to feature graduates of the host and area schools, any player who meets the education and all other eligibility requirements will be considered, no matter where he played college ball.

We expect so. For example, there are a number of players who are still able to play in the NFL who get cut simply because younger players are available for less money, and there are quality players who, for one reason or another, are not quite ready-for-prime-time in the NFL. The League hopes that some of those players will play in the All American Football League.

Because the USFL directly competed for players with the NFL, a direct comparison between the USFL and the All American Football League™ cannot be made, but it's worth noting that 87 USFL players successfully gravitated to the NFL.

A total of 7 men enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame for their exploits in the NFL served time in the USFL: Marv Levy, Jim Kelly, George Allen, Sid Gillman, Fred Biletnikoff, Steve Young and Reggie White. Also, 2 Super Bowl MVPS, Doug Williams and Steve Young, played quarterback in the USFL. They were joined in the NFL by Herschel Walker, Sam Mills, Kelvin Bryant, Gary Plummer, Doug Flutie, William Fuller, Bobby Hebert, Brian Sipe, Gary Anderson, Joe Cribbs, Kent Hull, Sean Landeta, Keith Millard, Mike Rozier, Dan Ross, Anthony Carter and Tony and Luis Zendejas.

There were 10 offensive or defensive coordinators, 5 head coaches -- Detroit's Steve Mariucci, Washington's Steve Spurrier, Carolina's John Fox, Houston's Dom Capers and Jim Fassel of the Giants; 3 general managers -- the Chargers' John Butler, the Jets Terry Bradway, and the Rams' Charley Armey and 2 team presidents --Kansas City's Carl Peterson and Bill Polian of Indianapolis who came from the USFL.

Please see additional details on projected players at this page on the League's site: http://aafl.ispacetechnolabs.com/players.html

The League will pay competitive salaries to the players.
The player must, without exception, have earned a 4-year degree or more advanced degreeto be eligible to play in League games. However, some players who have not yet earned their degrees may be invited to tryout in the hopes that the opportunity will inspire them to complete their education.
The League requires graduation to encourage players to complete their educations. We have already received indications that some players have been motivated to finish their degrees.
This is a common misconception. The fact is, based on NCAA figures, more than 50% of all college football players on scholarship graduate. Many schools graduate a much higher percentage.

No. The League desires to have many players who are remembered and loved by the fans at the particular school/region, but it's not a requirement that a player must have played for the university hosting a League team.

Anyone who meets the player eligibility standards of possessing a 4-year degree and has exhausted their four years of NCAA playing eligibility can play on any team.

At this time there is not an age restriction for players.
Each team will be comprised of 40 players and supported by a taxi squad.
Yes. The League's first tryouts were held July 2 and July 3 in the Citrus Bowl in Orlando. Subsequent tryouts were held in Birmingham, AL, Little Rock, AR and Detroit, MI. The next tryout will be held in Texas in October 2007.
The League started signing players in September, 2007.
Yes, providing the degree is an acceptably equal level degree as a 4-year bachelor's degree from a U.S. institution.
The League expects to conduct various drafts so that each team will have the opportunity to pick players needed to ensure competitiveness.
You can fill out the form on the Players page of our web site.

Teams and Locations

For the 2008 Season, teams will be located in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Michigan, Tennessee and Texas.
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The host school is leasing its facilities in return for a negotiated fee.

Ticket Prices and Fan Experience

The League expects that each team will offer a variety of ticket prices starting at about $13 per ticket.
Absolutely. The League sees families and groups as a prime audience for the games and expects that its teams will offer an enticing pricing structure to satisfy them.
In order to keep ticket prices at an affordable level, the League expects that each team will offer membership packages to individuals, families and companies that will guarantee renewable season tickets in prime locations, preferred parking and other insider benefits.
Alcoholic beverages will not be available in games played in a host university's stadium. The availability of alcoholic beverages at other venues will be determined based upon the arrangements for those venues.
The concessions at games of teams hosted by universities will usually be operated by the universities or their concessionaires. So, in those cases, the pricing will be up to them. In other cases, the stadium agreements will determine how concessions are operated and the answer to this question. In all cases, the League shall encourage its teams to provide the best value possible to the fans.
Saturday night games will be scheduled when appropriate.
Games will usually be played on Saturdays. An occasional Friday night or Monday night game is also possible.

The League will feature enthusiastic players, many of whom will be just out of college. Their youthful exuberance is one of the attractive features of the college game. Their youthful exuberance is one of the attractive features of the college game. They will likely be accompanied by more experienced players, many of whom will be recognizable locally, adding to fan enthusiasm and further enhancing the level of play.

The colors of the state university school will be utilized, as well as the band and cheerleaders when and where possible.

Coaches and Team Staffs

The League is in talks with a variety of traditional broadcasters including sports cable networks.

The League is also exploring the possibility of broadcasting games through a private network that might eliminate TV timeouts for commercial purposes. The League expects some League games will appear on commercial TV, and is hopeful that all games will be available on the League's private network.

The League is considering every option, including satellite radio, the Internet and telephone.

Coaches and Team Staffs

Each team's coaches, will be selected from the available applicant pool. Persons interested in coaching positions with League teams may complete the inquiry form located on the Employment page.
Minimum experience requirements have not been set, but coaches will be required to have appropriate experience, and to have completed their bachelor's degrees or earned a more advanced degree.