Two months after Vince McMahon announced plans to reboot the long-shuttered XFL, the eldest son of McMahon's erstwhile business partner is looking to steal some of the wrestling mogul's thunder with a league of his own. And while it's far too soon to predict how filmmaker Charlie Ebersol's upstart Alliance of American Football will fare, the startup already has a TV distribution deal in place with CBS.
Speaking to the press Tuesday morning from the Park Hyatt hotel in Manhattan, Ebersol and former Buffalo Bills GM and Indianapolis Colts President Bill Polian took the wraps off their blueprint for the AAF, a new spring football league that's slated to debut on Feb. 8, 2019the Saturday following CBS's coverage of Super Bowl LIII. The inaugural AAF game will air on the CBS broadcast network, with the balance of the 10-week regular season schedule slated to run on the cable outlet CBS Sports Network.
Should the AAF kickoff as planned, it will beat the new-look XFL to the market by a full year. McMahon in January said the resurrected XFL aims to begin its first season in late January or early February of 2020.