- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 20, 2018

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.

Ebersol said that Hines Ward, Jared Allen and Justin Tuck — NFL stars from the last decade — will have “significant roles” in the league.

In January, Vince McMahon announced the Xtreme Football League (XFL) would return in 2020. The Alliance of American Football stands to provide some competition for that endeavor. Further, the Arena Football League is attempting a resurgence after agreeing to a new four-year CBA with its players union last week.

The Alliance will eliminate kickoffs and onside kicks, replacing the latter with a fourth-and-10 play that an offense must convert if it wants to keep the ball.

“This eliminates two plays that if you were reinventing the game are plays you would probably leave out,” Polian said.

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