Alliance of American Football ends first season prematurely
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Alliance of American Football has ended its first season prematurely and told most employees that they will be terminated as of Wednesday.
The Latest: Letter says most AAF employees to be terminated
The Latest on the future of the Alliance of American Football (all times EDT):
The Alliance of American Football has ended its first season prematurely and notified most...
Manziel signs with new Alliance league, will join Memphis
Johnny Football is heading to Memphis to resume his football career.
Johnny Manziel signed with the Alliance of American Football on Saturday night and will join the Memphis Express. The...
5 games in, here’s what we know about Alliance football
So what do we know about the Alliance of American Football five weeks into its 10-week regular season?
First off, there's apparently an appetite for spring professional football. Although...
Hurricanes owner Dundon invests $250 million in Alliance
Carolina Hurricanes owner Tom Dundon is investing $250 million in the Alliance of American Football.
Dundon also will serve as chairman of the fledgling eight-team league that began play on...
Alliance of American Football looks to blossom this spring
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Nearly four decades removed from a stint in the short-lived USFL, Pro Football Hall of Famer Bill Polian will preside over the opening weekend of the newest spring league, the Alliance of American Football.
"It's one more challenge at the end of a long career," said Polian, 76, who co-founded the AAF with Charlie Ebersol, a TV and film producer whose father, Dick, defined NBC Sports' programming for more than two decades and created "Sunday Night Football."
AAF kicks off without kickoffs, but with SkyJudge
SAN DIEGO (AP) — When the fledgling Alliance of American Football held four exhibition games recently in San Antonio, something was missing.
"We were all looking around saying, 'Does anyone miss kickoffs?' The answer was, no, we did not miss them," said Mike Pereira, the NFL's former vice president of officiating who is a consultant for the latest attempt at a spring league.
Josh Johnson is switching leagues, not teams
Josh Johnson is accustomed to moving around the NFL. On Wednesday, he moved from one league to another.
Johnson was the first player protected last week in a quarterbacks-only draft held by the Alliance of American Football, which will begin play the weekend after the Super Bowl in February. His rights in the eight-team spring league were owned by the San Diego Fleet.
Alliance to open Saturday night after Super Bowl
The Alliance of American Football will begin its first season the night of Feb. 9, the Saturday after the Super Bowl, when the Atlanta Legends visit the Orlando Apollos, and the San Diego Fleet are at the San Antonio Commanders.
On the next day, the eight-team, 10-week league will have the Memphis Express at the Birmingham Iron, and the Salt Lake Stallions visiting the Arizona Hotshots.
Get ready for Alliance’s Iron, Express, Apollos and Legends
Get ready for the Birmingham Iron, Memphis Express, Orlando Apollos and Atlanta Legends.
Those are four of the eight franchise names for the Alliance of American Football, which begins play the weekend after the Super Bowl with a 10-game spring schedule.
New Alliance of American Football signs first 100 players
The Alliance of American Football has signed its first 100 players for the new spring league, including former high-profile recruits Ty Isaac and receiver Chris Black.
Alliance to allocate players using college affiliation first
When the Alliance of American Football makes its first snap next February, there could be lots of familiar names playing for each of the eight teams.
Makes sense, too, because a brand new league needs as many hooks to attract fans as it can find. The Alliance is going with a geographic allocation system that takes advantage of where players attended college, or where they performed in the NFL.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Mike Singletary is back in football.
The Pro Football Hall of Famer has been hired as head coach of the Memphis franchise in the Alliance of American Football that will begin play next February.
Memphis joins Orlando and Atlanta as teams in the new league overseen by another Hall of Famer, Bill Polian, and TV executive Charlie Ebersol. Singletary's team will play home games in the Liberty Bowl.
“I’ll leave you with this thought: If you take me, I promise you we will win a championship. If you don’t, I promise I’ll come back and kick your a--.”
It’s a bold statement for a quarterback to make months before he’s proven himself as a professional. Even bolder for a guy who proved he had all the talent in the world, but never translated it to significant wins in college.
ATLANTA (AP) — Michael Vick's second try for a football championship in Atlanta will come as a coach.
Atlanta was announced on Wednesday as the choice to join Orlando as franchises in the new Alliance of American Football that will begin play next February.
The Atlanta Alliance has hired former NFL coach Brad Childress as its head coach. Vick, the former Falcons quarterback, will serve as Childress' offensive coordinator.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indianapolis Colts will induct former receiver Reggie Wayne into the team's Ring of Honor during a Nov. 18 game against Tennessee.
Wayne spent 14 seasons and played in a franchise record 211 games. He played a key role on Indy's 2006 Super Bowl championship team, made six Pro Bowl appearances and was a first-team All-Pro in 2010. He finished his career with 1,070 receptions, 14,345 yards and 82 touchdown catches — all second in franchise history.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Steve Spurrier plans to be back on the sideline if a proposed new professional league gets off the ground.
The Orlando Alliance announced Saturday that it has hired Spurrier as its first head coach. Spurrier will coach in the planned Alliance of American Football.
Another pro football league is set to launch in 2019 — prior to XFL kicking off
The XFL and AFL will have new competition for NFL fans' offseason viewership.
The Alliance of American Football, a new professional football league headed by Charlie Ebersol and Bill Polian, is set to launch in 2019. The new league is set to be announced Tuesday afternoon in a news conference with Polian, Ebersol and former NFL standouts Jared Allen and Justin Tuck.
SNYDER: Ready for a year-round, bottomless buffet of football?
First, an admission.
My father isn't a legendary figure in sports broadcasting history. I didn't build a Hall of Fame career as an NFL general manager or a Super Bowl champion. I have no stake in any Silicon Valley investment firms.
Nonetheless, I think we need another football league like cable TV needs another channel.
Others, like folks in the aforementioned categories, disagree.
Alliance of American Football announced as latest new football league
Several famous former NFL players and executives have come together to launch a new professional football league, the Alliance of American Football, the Associated Press reported. The league's founders plan to start playing the week after the Super Bowl in 2019.
Pro Football Hall of Fame executive Bill Polian and television producer Charlie Ebersol, the son of "Sunday Night Football" creator Dick Ebersol, have teamed up to create the Alliance.
Greg Gabriel: The evaluation of Lamar Jackson as a QB prospect is ongoing
In the past few days, there has been much controversy about the future of Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson. This happened because former Buffalo Bills, Carolina Panthers and Indianapolis Colts GM Bill Polian said that he would advise Jackson to switch to playing wide receiver in the NFL.
Colts to induct Reggie Wayne into Ring of Honor next season
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Former Indianapolis Colts receiver Reggie Wayne will become the 15th member of the Indianapolis Colts' Ring of Honor next season.
A date for the ceremony will not be determined until the NFL schedule is released.
Wayne joins former teammates Marvin Harrison, Edgerrin James, Jeff Saturday and Peyton Manning in earning the honor. He will also join the man who drafted him in 2001, former executive Bill Polian, and the coach who helped him win a Super Bowl, Tony Dungy.
Colts ready to celebrate Peyton’s place in Indy’s hearts
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Bill Polian remembers walking into the RCA Dome for Peyton Manning's home debut in 1998, peering into the stands and seeing all those Dan Marino jerseys.
Playoff drought looms over Buffalo Bills’ latest fresh start
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Darryl Talley bit his lip so not to risk spouting a profanity.
The Buffalo Bills' 17-year playoff drought roils the emotions of the franchise's proud old guard.
"That's real ..." the former star linebacker said with a grunt of frustration followed by a short pause. "That's real hard for me to get my head around. I wanted to say something else, but I didn't."
Nevada hires ASU assistant Jay Norvell to lead Wolf Pack
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Nevada has hired Arizona State assistant Jay Norvell as the new head coach for the Wolf Pack.
Athletic director Doug Knuth made the announcement Friday, saying Norvell is known "as a man of great character and integrity."
UNR’s buyout for Polian release could approach $1 million
RENO, Nev. (AP) — The University of Nevada, Reno could pay close to $1 million to release football coach Brian Polian from his contract one year early.
Nevada and Polian agreed to part ways Sunday after he compiled a 23-27 record during his four years at the helm of the team, The Reno Gazette-Journal reported (http://on.rgj.com/2fS1203).
Nevada, Polian agree to part ways after 4 seasons, 23 wins
RENO, Nevada (AP) — Nevada and coach Brian Polian agreed to part ways Sunday after four seasons in which the Wolf Pack never broke .500 in Mountain West games.
Polian, the son of former NFL executive and Pro Football Hall of Famer Bill Polian, was 23-27 since replacing Hall of Fame coach Chris Ault. Ault retired after the 2012 season.
“Greater” tells story of late Arkansas walk-on Burslworth
In Brandon Burlsworth, the bespectacled former walk-on from Arkansas, former Colts general manager Bill Polian believed he had drafted a player who could be to Indianapolis' offensive line what Peyton Manning was at quarterback.
Bill Polian: Donald Brown, Patriots a perfect match
FOXBORO — Over the last 20 years or so, few can boast the consistent, high quality evaluation resume of Bill Polian, the former president and vice chairman of the Indianapolis Colts.
So when the Hall of Famer — an architect of eight division titles, 11 playoff appearances, two AFC championships and a Super Bowl XLI crown with the Colts, plus an NFC title game appearance with the Carolina Panthers and three straight Super Bowls with the Buffalo Bills — offers an...
Lions’ Caldwell thrilled for pair’s Hall of Fame induction
Detroit — Jim Caldwell was beaming with pride Saturday, looking forward to the Hall of Fame inductions later in the day.
Tony Dungy and Marvin Harrison, two men who Caldwell worked closely with while with the Indianapolis Colts, are part of the 2016 class to be inducted into the pro football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.
Caldwell was planning on leaving for Canton directly after Saturday's practice to see the inductions.