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  1. Introducing the Alliance of American Football

    So SD gets a team and a coach (Mike Martz). Two to go. If they don't hit the Northeast and Chicago/St. Louis, then I think they are screwed.
  2. Introducing the Alliance of American Football

    Sorry to say, I don't always have free time.
  3. Introducing the Alliance of American Football

    About the coaches/executives in the league, haven't we seen this before? USFL 1983 George Allen John Ralston Red Miller Chuck Fairbanks Steve Spurrier 2 highly regarded CFL coaches – Hugh Campbell and John Rauch
  4. Failed Franchise Expansion & Relocations

    Oh here is a good one. When the WFL folded, Birmingham and Memphis both applied to the NFL for expansion franchises to be the 29th and 30th teams the NFL. They had a pretty good argument. Ownership and good rosters in place....strong brand name...good fan base. Seattle and Tampa Bay had already been named. In hindsight, I think this would have been better for the league.
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    I agree with Mac. Will Salt Lake do well? I hope so. They love RSL. They supported the AFL franchise ok. But Memphis? Southmen...Showboats...possible WLAF team...Mad Dogs...Maniaxx. Orlando gets a pass. Different time, different place now but consider...a couple of NFL preseason games....Blazers...Renegades....Thunder...Rage...Tuskers. And for some reason, if the Carolina Panthers decide to move, they will certainly look at Orlando. I know they love Orlando City and the Magic. They supported the AFL Predators for many years. Birmingham would be stupid. San Antonio would be stupid. San Diego, not so sure. Don't forget the USFL originally granted a franchise to SD only to wind up in a bizarre Phoenix-LA-Oakland swap. Yes, I know, SD USFL had stadium issues. St. Louis? I think they would support. Are they going northeast? I think they have to for CBS's sake. Yes...it is about marketing, marketing, marketing....all franchises should have been named at once. The name the team contest? How many people will respond? That is the key.
  6. Failed Franchise Expansion & Relocations

    And Bud Adams wanted the Cardinals or an expansion team for Houston. The NFL gave Max Winter the Vikings franchise so he pulled out of the AFL. Interesting side note. In 1966 the AFL wanted either Philadelphia or Atlanta for the next team and of course the NFL beat them to Atlanta. Philadelphia went nowhere and Joe Robbie was contacted about a team and he pulled in actor Danny Thomas. Because Thomas, as well as others, were Miami royalty, Miami was chosen. And yes, in 1963, Lamar Hunt was considering New Orleans.
  7. Failed Franchise Expansion & Relocations

    Original WLAF had teams in Memphis and/or Monterrey, Mexico and/or Milan, Italy.
  8. Failed Franchise Expansion & Relocations

    Pats move to Hartford Chicago Cardinals move to Minneapolis or Buffalo Dallas Texans move to New Orleans (became KC Chiefs) Jets to Memphis, Raiders to Portland, Paul Brown's team in Seattle – all changes commissioner Roselle wanted as part of the merger. Brown insisted on Cincinnati. Original AFL teams in Seattle, Minneapolis
  9. Introducing the Alliance of American Football

    Re: SLC: Sorry folks, I don't do Twitter. Hate the damn thing. Franchises: Don't forget...is it CBS Sports that owns the TV rights, or NBC? I forget. They want major cities, hence Atlanta and Orlando. Will they want St. Louis? San Diego? New York? Chicago? Sacramento is interesting, but the Railyards project hit a snag with the stadium. I suppose you could play at Hornets Stadium. Portland's stadium has been refurbished. I don't like Birmingham or San Antonio. Too many failed franchises and jilted fans. And don't forget the WLAF touted San Antonio as the it city, and would play in the Alamo Dome when completed. I've always thought Louisville would be a great place for a franchise, but then you have Louisville, Orlando, Atlanta and Memphis – that would mean 4 teams concentrated in the south. RD? See 0-10 Skyhawks (WLAF). Columbus makes sense if the Crew moves (I hope they won't.)
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    The XFL was in a different time with a totally different business model. How many WWF fans came to see the XFL? A better test would be the NY/NJ Knights. The NFL tried to sell everyone that it was an "NFL league." Really? Seriously? Yeah, they did. As they say in Tagalog "Talaga? Seriosa? Opo!" (Really? Seriously? You're damn straight") The only stadium that makes sense in the Tri-state area is Red Bull Arena. And Red Bull isn't going to turn down extra money, especially if it can get into American football. And don't think for a second that the league wouldn't want a sponsor like Red Bull. But all of that won't happen of course, if there is no NY/NJ team. Oh, yes. According to Oursportscentral.com the league put a team in Salt Lake City but there is no news on it anywhere.
  11. Introducing the Alliance of American Football

    We are talking abut minor league football. You think an NY-NJ team would play in the Meadowlands? If it does, the league is a bunch of fools. Brooklyn? Not a chance. 7 extra dates for a small stadium means money. The Galaxy's home has what, 10 extra dates? Money talks.
  12. Introducing the Alliance of American Football

    NBC will want NYC Metro team in the league. Yeah, I know all the BS about Red Bull Arena being a soccer-specific stadium. But Red Bull is about money too. 7 extra dates on the calendar isn't going to hurt. RBA is right at the Harrison stop on the PATH train (it links NYC and Hoboken/Jersey City/Newark). I would also go Columbus, Louisville in the mix.
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    Put in 12 teams. 8 isn't going work geographically. The travel costs would be too high. Orlando, Memphis, Atlanta+??? = southern rivalry. LA+AZ+Portland?+??? = west NY+Columbus (the Crew's stadium may be vacant next year)?+St. Louis?+??? Please leave out Montreal, Miami, Toronto, Philadelphia (unless they play where the Union does), Birmingham, San Antonio, Bay Area (the Invaders succeeded for less than 1 season), Vancouver, Chicago, Denver, Houston, Dallas, Austin, Tampa Bay (yeah, I know Orlando is an hour - 1 ½ hours away), Tulsa, Detroit, Nashville.....
  14. Introducing the Alliance of American Football

    Hmmmm. Let's see. Is Birmingham or San Antonio going to be included? Between the "Big 4" (Orlando, Memphis, Birmingham and San Antonio), plenty of franchises have bit the dust. So why would the fans come back to see another failed product? (we are not including indoor football here.) San Antonio Wings Gunslingers Riders Texans Birmingham Americans/Vulcans Stallions Fire Barracudas Bolts Memphis Southmen (aka Grizzlies) Showboats Mad Dogs Maniacs Orlando Blazers Renegades Thunder Rage Tuskers 18 teams. Amazing. Special kudos to Shreveport (Steamer, CFL team) If you want a NYC area team, play them in Red Bull Arena. Red Bull was almost awarded an NFL E franchise for Salzburg. AZ? Dumb. LA area – LAFC's new home. Milwaukee? I don't know. I will never watch anyway.