I did catch myself watching a little bit on the NFL Network (which surprised me to find it on there), more for morbid curiosity than anything. With no team within 1000 miles of me, I think it will be a tough sell up this direction. Good Luck Boys!
We watched both featured TV games for our area and overall really enjoyed it. There was a lot to like. There was also some missteps. But hey, that’s ok.
Lackluster QB Play - with most quality QBs already in the NFL, finding QBs is going to be tough for any league, so the overall QB play was pretty rough. Still some good moments, and I think weekly play will actually help.
Marketing - They could have done better. It’s also a very Southern league, so finding a market in Northern states will be hard without a team to cheer for.
Team Names - I’m looking at you, Memphis Express.
Pace of Play - Holy shit was this great. No TV timeouts and modified commercials really helped the games fly, plus the shorter play clock. It was great.
Live Mic EVERYTHING - Having live mics on the field (with an extended delay to dump audio) and in the replay booths is something that the NFL will have to add immediately. The level of insight and transparency, and especially seeing the human nature of it all, really sold the experience for me. It also highlighted when bad calls were made and had to stand, but hey, that’s sports I guess.
The Look - We really dug the colors and logos. They were a style that the NFL would never use, which helped.
The thing to keep in mind with this league in particular is that the NFL, though some back channels and consulting positions, had a big hand in how this league was setup. There is a lot of crossover, and this league exists as a place for players to prove themself and hopefully get another shot. I expect that any minor success of the AAF will result in a partnership with the NFL, where you will see practice squad players and fringe guys playing and have a better overall product.