The Alliance kicks off its inaugural season tonight with two games in prime time on Saturday
The NFL season may be over but there's still football you can catch as the Alliance of American Football (AAF), kicks off its inaugural season on Saturday, Feb. 9. The newest professional football league will finally take the field tonight in prime time on Saturday.
The AAF is an eight-team league co-founded by Pro Football Hall of Fame executive Bill Polian and Charlie Ebersol, son of longtime NBC Sports Chairman Dick. The AAF's mission is “to provide high-quality professional football fueled by a dynamic Alliance between players, fans, and the game.” The AAF has assembled a strong collection of experienced head coaches and a talent base of players that relies heavily on collegiate ties to build the teams' rosters.
The 10-week regular-season schedule begins this weekend and runs through the middle of April with the top four teams moving on the postseason. The season will conclude with a title game on April 27 in Las Vegas. Every AAF game will be available to watch thanks to the league's media partners — CBS, Turner Sports, and NFL Network.
So rejoice football fans, because if you're wondering, "What football games are on today?" know this: There are two scheduled for tonight, Saturday, Feb. 9.
Atlanta Legends at Orlando Apollos
8 p.m. ET on CBS* — Spectrum Stadium in Orlando, Fla.
Why You Should Watch: There will be plenty of familiar faces on the field as the AAF kicks its inaugural season off. The Apollos are led by Hall of Fame head coach Steve Spurrier, who will look to add to his successful tenure when it comes to leading Sunshine State-based teams. As for the players, the Legends will have either Aaron Murray (played at Georgia) or Matt Simms (Tennessee) at quarterback while former Georgia Tech signal-caller Justin Thomas will line up at wide receiver. Spurrier will rely on former Houston Texan and Kansas City Chief Akeem Hunt to power his offense.
San Diego Fleet at San Antonio Commanders
8 p.m. ET on CBS* — Alamodome in San Antonio
Why You Should Watch: A pair of veteran head coaches with NFL experience will face off when Mike Martz brings his Fleet to San Antonio to take on Mike Riley's Commanders. Martz, the architect of the St. Louis Rams' "Greatest Show on Turf" offense, will look for similar results from his San Diego attack, which will be quarterbacked by former Arizona State starter Mike Bercovici. He will have former Dallas Cowboy tight end Gavin Escobar to throw to. Riley's offense will be led by Texas native Dustin Vaughan.
*Check local listings for the game in your area.