Below is the outline of a concept I've been working on for an alternate timeline story I've been writing.
The timeline mostly deals with an expanded exploration program for NASA in the last half of the 20th century.
One of the things that I've been using to color the timeline is alternative team names and locations within American sports.
On this front, instead of the failed XFL franchise, in my timeline, the XFL instead rides a wave of post-9/11 patriotism to create a football league with a military theme.
Called Warball, the sport openly embraces the quasi-military themes of football (see George Carlin for further insights) and seeks to appeal to a hyper-masculine fanbase.
Initially the league forms with 8 teams in 2 conferences
Freedom Division Patriot Division
Capital Warriors Seattle Stealth
New York Heroes Alcatraz Guards
Texas Assault Coronado Destroyers
Chicago Shield Arizona Generals
Teams are composed of 7 players on the field at any time.
The field is 60 yards endzone-to-endzone. Endzones are 7.5 yards deep with curved corners. Field is bounded by 20 degree inclines 5 yards wide which are inbounds. Beyond the inclines are hockey rink walls. A ballcarrier cannot run out of bounds and must be tackled or score for the play to end.
Any player on the field is considered an eligible receiver.
Kicking of any kind has been eliminated. Teams have 6 downs to advance from their own 10 yard line to the opposing endzone.
Touchdowns are worth 5 points. After a touchdown, a team is allowed to try a conversion play from the 3-yard line. A conversion by pass is worth 2 points. A conversion by run is worth 1 point.
Two 20 minute halves are separated by a 10-minute halftime.
Teams have 20 seconds to begin the next play. The clock does not run unless the ball is in play.
Teams are required to have at least one starting player who is a current or former member of the United States military, and/or a civilian police, fire or paramedic service.
Questions, comments, suggestions? I invite all of the above. This is my first league concepts, so, please, rip me apart here. I'll learn from everything that is said.