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Volume 21 No. 43
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Giving it a shot

Professional football leagues that have launched this year or hope to launch in the near future

Alliance of American Football

Planned launch: February 2019
Co-founders: Charlie Ebersol, CEO; Bill Polian, head of football
Executives: Troy Polamalu, head of player relations; J.K. McKay, head of football operations; Tom Veit, head of business operations; Hines Ward, player relations executive; Jared Allen, player relations executive
Format: The single-entity league will be made up of eight teams with 50-player rosters. Each player will earn a base salary of around $50,000.Broadcasting: CBS will air the league’s debut game and its championship game. One regular-season game will air on CBS Sports Network each week. All games will be streamed on the league’s app.


Fan-Controlled Football League

Planned launch: 2019
Co-founders: Ray Austin, Sohrob Farudi, Grant Cohen, Patrick Dees
Format: Fans pay to play coach and GM of teams in this seven-on-seven indoor league. Games will last an hour and be played on a 50-yard field. IMG Original Content is the production partner on FCFL games; CAA is the league’s broadcast representative.
Broadcasting: Twitch


Pacific Pro Football

Planned launch: July 2019
Co-founders: Don Yee, Ed McCaffrey, Jeff Husvar, John Chung and Lisa McCaffrey
Founding partner: Adidas
Executives: Don Yee, CEO; Bradley Edwards, chief operating officer; John Chung, chief financial officer; Jeff Husvar, chief content officer; Tom Goodhines, vice president of football administration
Format: The single-entity developmental league will field four teams in Southern California for players who are less than four years removed from their high school graduation. The Pac Pro intends to compete against college football programs for players.


Your Call Football

Launched: May 2018
Founder: George Colony
Executives: Julie Meringer, president; Susan Maffei, chief financial officer; Sue Develin, vice president of marketing; Collin Vataha, vice president of football operations
Format: The Your Call Football app allows fans to vote on each down from three plays chosen by the coaches on the field.
Broadcasting: The games, which are played outdoors, can be streamed on, YouTube or Barstool Sports.



Planned launch: 2020
Founder: Vince McMahon
Format: In its second iteration, the XFL will be a single-entity structure with plans for eight league-owned teams at launch playing a 10-game regular season followed by two semifinals and a championship game. 


Major League Football

Planned launch: March 2019
Executive: Jerry Craig, president, CEO and director
Format: The proposed eight-team league canceled its inaugural 2016 season after an investor failed to follow through on a $20 million financing deal. Negotiations with investors continue with hopes to start playing in 2019.

–– Compiled by Brandon McClung