The new spring professional league debuted Saturday night and lived up to the hype. Spurrier led the Apollos to a 40-6 rout of Atlanta, where he broke out some imaginative play-calling, including an exciting "Philly-Special" play that resulted in a touchdown. We certainly did as a staff, and I would say the Apollos had the same situation, and the officials did as well. Of course, they were. Right now, fans are curious about the new league, and this was the first opportunity for fans to tune to see what it was all about. "They saw enough good plays after the first quarter when we finally put on a good show".
Along the way, Spurrier took a page out of the Philadelphia Eagles' playbook.
But you have to start somewhere, and the start for the AAF is a clear win. Sports TV Ratings said the first game on CBS averaged 2.913 million viewers between 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. The CBS broadcast out-rated ABC's Saturday night broadcast of the Rockets vs. Thunder.
The 73-year-old coach returned to the sideline for the first time since abruptly walking away from the college game in 2015, bringing along an entertaining style of offense that didn't disappoint an announced crowd of 20,191 for the AAF opener between the Orlando Apollos and Atlanta Legends. The other three - Birmingham Iron, Orlando Apollos and Salt Lake Stallions - have nearly no connection to Halas Hall. NFL Network gets the primetime matchup of Salt Lake and Arizona at 8 p.m. A ninth member of the officiating crew, a "SkyJudge," will sit in the press box and "use real-time technology to correct clear errors involving player safety anytime during a game, and pass interference inside of five minutes left in the fourth quarter", the AP reported.
Instead of kicking an extra point, teams have to attempt a two-point conversion after every touchdown. Field goals are an option only in regulation. The game will end in a tie if neither team scores.
In overtime, each team will get the ball at the opposing 10-yard line.
What this means is if a player has already been on the Steelers roster at some point most recently, the Iron have dibs so to speak on the player for their roster.