Big-name player Josh Freeman, Brooklyn
Unlikely city Fishkill, N.Y.
Strange occurrence The Florida Blacktips were a traveling team that had no home stadium. The 2014 championship game was canceled, and Brooklyn declared the champion.
TV ESPN3 and syndicated
The Times said: “Tonight’s contest, against the Boston Brawlers, will be the first pro football game played in New York City since the Jets’ farewell to Shea Stadium in 1983.”
Alliance of American Football, 2019-?
Season February to April
Weird rules No kickoffs; drives start from 25; 2-point conversions required.
Odd team name San Diego Fleet
Big-name owner Charlie Ebersol, son of the t executive Dick Ebersol, is a founder.
Big-name coaches Steve Spurrier, Orlando Apollos; Mike Singletary, Memphis Express; Rick Neuheisel, Arizona Hotshots
Big-name players Trent Richardson, Birmingham Iron; Zach Mettenberger, Memphis
Strange occurrence Sites are already taking betting on the new league. BetDSI has the Arizona Hotshots as the favorites.
TV CBS, CBS Sports Network, TNT and NFL Network
The Times said: “The Alliance of American Football, though, will have to overcome the obstacles that others could not, including runaway expenses, limited media exposure and a lack of fans.”
Maybe a fierce rivalry will develop between San Diego and Phoenix. Maybe a player will break out the way “He Hate Me” did in the XFL. Maybe Coach Spurrier will recapture his magic. The Alliance will have to roll a Yahtzee to succeed in the shadow of the N.F.L. But even if it fails, you can bet someone will soon line up to try again.