First, Vince McMahon announces the rebirth of the XFL. Now, Charlie Ebersol, son of Dick Ebersol, former NBC Sports Chairman and Vince's partner in the XFL, is starting the Alliance of American Football. which will debut after next year's Super Bowl. Charlie also directed the documentary of the 30 for 30 series on the XFL.
To help him steer the league, Ebersol brought on former NFL general manager Bill Polian, currently an analyst for ESPN. The player side will be overseen by former Pro Bowl Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu, while the team side will be guided by former USC standout and executive J.K. McKay.
Advisers to the league also will include former NFL players Hines Ward and Justin Tuck, as well as Dick Ebersol.
While McMahon's league is backed by McMahon's money, Ebersol's league is backed by others, including former Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen, Peter Thiel's Founders Fund and The Chernin Group, which, among other investments, owns a significant share of Barstool Sports.
I also found this somewhat interesting:
The eight teams in cities that will be announced in the next three months will start by having regional drafts, protecting eligible players who played in the local community for their college days.
So many questions here. Will either the XFL or this Alliance of American Football leagues be successful? We all know NFL numbers are declining for a variety of reasons, yet two more professional leagues are being started? Why is Dick joining his son in competing directly with Vince?
Does Columbus have a shot at getting a team? Seems big time college football cities would be a great place to start if they are looking to build around players who played in their local communities.