After a month-long training camp in San Antonio, the Apollos returned home to Orlando with their final 52-player roster to prepare to officially kick-off their first season within the AAF at UCF's Spectrum Stadium on Saturday against the Atlanta Legends. The folks behind the Alliance of American Football agree, and as such, the nascent league will make its debut on Saturday evening.
According to TVByTheNumbers, almost 3.2 million people watched the pregame and 2.91 million stuck with the broadcast for the actual action between the Orlando Apollos vs. Atlanta Legends and the San Antonio Commanders vs. San Diego Fleet. This way, the AAF will hope to generate more of a fan interest by keeping players close to their local ties. "They saw enough good plays after the first quarter when we finally put on a good show". The defenses seemed to be alive, especially in the San Antonio game.
He said the creation of the AAF was based around giving the players an opportunity.More news: Robert Whittaker, Kelvin Gastelum make weight for UFC 234 title bout
If you get a chance to catch a game, you should. That, combined with the rule tweaks and innovations from the AAF, will determine if fans will continue to stay interested or will become interested in this league after this initial game.
The Apollos' head coach Steve Spurrier is no stranger to the state of Florida. With week one in the books, things are actually looking pretty good.
The Action Network's Darren Rovell relayed the ratings for the opening night game on CBS was on par with the National Basketball Association game featuring Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder and James Harden and the Houston Rockets. Find out as host Tom Downey takes you through everything you need to know about the AAF football league.More news: Sen. Elizabeth Warren Officially Kicks Off Bid for White House
Each player in the nascent league signed the same deal: a three-year, $250,000 contract with an option to opt-out if the NFL comes calling during the offseason. This game is up against some stiff competition on the TV schedule it's all hands on deck for football fans.
4 p.m. ET on CBS Sports Network - Legion Field in Birmingham, Ala.
On Sunday, Memphis is at Birmingham, and Salt Lake at Arizona. From five yards out, the Apollos ran a play that, for many fans, is all too familiar now.More news: Volunteers Ready US Aid Set for Venezuela as Maduro Digs In
Hackenberg finished the game 10 of 23 passing for 87 yards and an interception.