Orlando Apollos rout Atlanta in AAF debut, 40

Orlando Apollos rout Atlanta in AAF debut, 40

According to TVByTheNumbers, almost 3.2 million people watched the pregame and 2.91 million stuck with the broadcast for the actual action between the Orlando Apollos vs. Atlanta Legends and the San Antonio Commanders vs. San Diego Fleet. Richardson was never much of a pass catcher in the National Football League - he averaged fewer than 20 yards per game through the air - but he pulled down some solid catches, including this first down rumble.

The players were allocated to their teams by region based on where they played college football or last played with an NFL or CFL club.

With a 52-man roster featuring 29 players from nine Florida colleges, there's a local feel to the Apollos for fans of the hometown team. It was founded by film and television producer Charlie Ebersol and former National Football League front-office executive Bill Polian. Ratings will be harder when the games are on CBS Sports Network and not CBS in primetime.

There were some refreshing twists to the AAF brand of football, which does aim to complement, not compete with, the NFL. "Time will tell if they are", Spurrier said.

The AAF rules are very different from the NFL. Retired defensive ends Jared Allen and Justin Tuck will advise on Player Relations, as officiating consultants Mike Pereira and Dean Blandino offer up the experience they both acquired as the NFL's Vice President of Officiating. The team will be coached by, coaching legend Steve Spurrier.

As of the AAF's opening weekend, the only former Saints player on the Memphis roster was linebacker Davis Tull, a UT-Chattanooga graduate who was waived in 2016.

After the interception by Steven Johnson Jr., the Hotshots got the ball back to go in and score and expand their lead to 35-16 and almost grab control of this game.

After the way that the AAF got started on Saturday, there is real hype about the new football league taking the world by storm. But with just about a month until Atlanta's AAF kickoff, he departed for what McKay deemed his "next endeavor", leaving Coyle to become a head coach for the first time in his career.

You obviously can't expect National Football League numbers on day one.

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