The Alliance of American Football's 10-week season began Saturday and continues through the championship game April 27 in Las Vegas.

Here are a few things to know about the new league:

Front office: Charlie Ebersol, son of legendary former NBC television executive Dick Ebersol, is CEO. The front office also includes co-founder Bill Polian, former Titans and Rams coach Jeff Fisher, former Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward and safety Troy Polamalu.

Teams: Arizona Hotshots, Orlando Apollos, San Antonio Commanders, Salt Lake Stallions, Atlanta Legends, Birmingham Iron, San Diego Fleet, Memphis Express.

High-profile coaches: Rick Neuheisel (Hotshots), Steve Spurrier (Apollos), Dennis Erickson (Stallions), Mike Martz (Fleet), Mike Singletary (Express), Mike Riley (Commanders).

High-profile players: There aren't a lot of them, but there are a few names you may recognize, including Trent Richardson (Iron), Denard Robinson (Legends), Aaron Murray (Legends) and Christian Hackenberg (Express).

Ex-Huskers in the AAF: Stallions: Josh Banderas, Kenny Bell, Terrell Newby, De'Mornay Pierson-El; Hotshots: Kieron Williams; Commanders: Alonzo Moore, Aaron Green.

TV information: A potpourri of entities are involved, including CBS and CBS Sports Network. In addition, NFL Network has a slate of 19 AAF games, beginning  at 7 p.m. Sunday with Salt Lake at Arizona. Turner Sports’ B/R Live streaming site also will have games, while TNT will have one regular-season telecast and one playoff game.

Rules: Games are scheduled to last no longer than 2 hours and 30 minutes, so:

* No kickoffs. Teams will start possession after a touchdown or a half at their own 25-yard line.

* No extra points. After a touchdown, teams will attempt a 2-point conversion.

* No onside kicks. If a team is trailing by at least 17 points, it can opt to attempt converting a fourth-and-12 play from its own 28-yard line. If the conversion succeeds, the team keeps possession.

* Shorter overtimes. Each team will get the ball only once, at first-and-goal from the 10-yard line. If neither team scores, the game ends in a tie. Field goals are not allowed in the OT period.

* No TV timeouts, shorter full-screen commercial breaks, and shorter play clock (35 seconds as opposed to the NFL’s 40).

* Team timeouts will be one minute.

* No more than five defensive players are allowed to rush the quarterback on pass plays.

Reach the writer at 402-473-7440 or ssipple@journalstar.com. On Twitter @HuskerExtraSip.


Husker columnist

Steven, a lifelong Nebraskan, newspaper enthusiast and UNL grad, joined the Journal Star in 1990 and has covered NU football since 1995.

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