The Alliance of American Football wants to fill your post-NFL season sportsball needs, and Memphis is one of the cities where they’ve established a team. The Memphis Express start their season on February 10th and have their first home game coming up at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium on Saturday, February 16th. To help get you ready, here’s a look at what the AAF is, who’s involved, and what you can expect in their inaugural season.

What’s the Alliance of American Football?

The Alliance of American Football is an 8-team league:

  • Memphis Express

  • Orlando Apollos

  • Atlanta Legends

  • Salt Lake Stallions

  • Arizona Hotshots

  • San Diego Fleet

  • Birmingham Iron

  • San Antonio Commanders 

The league was founded by TV and film producer Charlie Ebersol and Hall of Famer Bill Polian, and several other notable football figures are involved. The AAF wants to fill a void felt by football fans following the Super Bowl and give players who just barely missed their shot at the NFL a second chance to go pro. It’s called the Alliance to signify a partnership between the fans, the players, and the game. They’ve placed an emphasis on being tech-savvy, allowing live streaming of games on a free Alliance app and integrated fantasy football options with “real rewards.” The league’s culture also prioritizes player safety and wellbeing by using state-of-the-art protective wear and providing players a bonus system, post-football career planning, counseling, and scholarship support for postsecondary education.

The AAF teams will play a 12-week season kicking-off February 9, 2019 on CBS and culminating with the championship game the weekend of April 26-28, 2019.

Who are the Memphis Express?

Team President: Kosha Irby

General Manager: Will Lewis

Coach: Mike Singletary

See more of the staff roster here.

Players
The players for the Memphis Express come mostly from schools in the region. Four of them are either from Memphis or played for the University of Memphis. The Memphis Express 52-player active roster for 2019:

The Memphis Express Game Experience

The AAF will be officiated under slightly different rules and will offer a different game experience from the NFL. They’re working on an official document that covers all the rule differences. A couple of examples:

  • No kickoffs or extra points. Teams must go for two.
  • Onside kicks have been replaced by a 4th & 12.
The AAF is also aiming for shorter game times hoping to entertain fans without you having to commit your full day. Game times in San Antonio during preseason averaged 2.5 hours.
 

SEASON SCHEDULE

2/10 Memphis at Birmingham
2/16 Arizona at Memphis
2/23 Memphis at Orlando
3/2 San Diego at Memphis
3/10 Memphis at Atlanta
3/16 Memphis at Salt Lake
3/24 Birmingham at Memphis
3/30 Orlando at Memphis
4/6 Memphis San Antonio
4/13 Atlanta at Memphis

Three Memphis Express games will be televised thanks to a partnership with CW30/Local 24:

  • Saturday, March 16 at Salt Lake, 3 pm
  • Saturday, March 30 vs. Orlando, 1 pm
  • Saturday, April 6 at San Antonio, 3 pm

Get tickets at aaf.com/memphis-express and follow them on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

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