clearn.png
Sunday September 22nd, 2019 2:02AM

Alliance to allocate players using college affiliation first

By The Associated Press

When the Alliance of American Football makes its first snap next February, there could be lots of familiar names playing for each of the eight teams.

Makes sense, too, because a brand new league needs as many hooks to attract fans as it can find. The Alliance is going with a geographic allocation system that takes advantage of where players attended college, or where they performed in the NFL.

For example, if former Alabama standout running back Trent Richardson opts to join the Alliance, he would be placed on Birmingham's roster. Players who attended Arizona or Arizona State would wind up with the Phoenix franchise. Anyone who played for one of the major Florida schools would be placed with the Orlando team.

"We think this will disperse the talent in a way that will be logical," says Bill Polian, whose work as an NFL personnel man with Buffalo, Carolina and Indianapolis got him voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. "We borrowed that from the USFL."

Polian, Alliance CEO Charlie Ebersol and the other league founders hope to be far more successful and have more longevity than that league, which lasted three seasons in the 1980s before folding. Unquestionably, players to fill out the 75-man rosters — other franchises will be in San Diego, Memphis, Salt Lake City, San Antonio and Atlanta — are available. Now, the Alliance has a system for distributing them, particularly once NFL teams make their roster cuts at the beginning of September.

Basically, players from any schools in the SEC, ACC and Pac-12 power conferences will wind up with a franchise in their region. Polian says because the Alliance has no markets in Big Ten and Big 12 areas, "we left them largely unallocated." Players from such schools as Penn State or Kansas State likely will be apportioned based on which NFL club cut them. But the league plans to distribute four NFL teams' cuts to each of the Alliance squads.

"In addition, we gave each team a CFL team, again based on rough geography," Polian says. "The West CFL teams would go to the West Alliance teams ...

"When a player is cut or he is not in the NFL or CFL, the first thing is we look for a college affiliation. His rights are your property if he is affiliated with one of your colleges. If his college is not assigned, we go to his pro team. If the NFL team does not work, and he is in the CFL, we go to that. Finally, if he is completely unallocated, he can be put on rights list first-come, first-serve."

Most smaller schools have not been allocated, nor have any from the lower levels of college ball.

Should a player draw interest from an NFL club after being cut in September and allocated to an Alliance team, he would be free to return to the NFL. But not once the Alliance begins play the weekend after the Super Bowl.

"They can go at any time except from the start of our training camp to our championship game," says Polian, whose league will play a 10-game season, with four teams making the playoffs. "The reason we set our calendar the way we did, our season ends just as OTAs are beginning (in the NFL). They won't miss a heck of a lot, if anything at all, and they will be in shape in late April. They can go right back to the NFL and not miss a beat."

Or they could head back to college. The Alliance will be offering players post-secondary education assistance, as well as health and wellness benefits.

"In addition," Polian explains "every player completing a full (Alliance) season will receive a scholarship of a significant amount of money and we will provide counseling if they want to go back to school."

Each player will be signed to a three-year contract with a minimum base gross salary of $250,000 over three years. But they can earn more.

"With bonuses related to skill, statistical levels and even some fan engagement," Polian says, "they can earn considerably more than their base minimum. We think it's very competitive and a decent wage for basically a 10-game season."

Now that the Alliance has established how it will distribute players and has scheduled scouting combines for August for players not in NFL camps, the next big step comes Sept. 1: cutdown day in the NFL.

"The large push will come at the cut to 53 when a great many players will come on the market," Polian says. "Our big challenge will be getting the right players."

___

For more NFL coverage: http://www.pro32.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP_NFL

  • Associated Categories: Associated Press (AP), AP Sports, AP Online Football, College Sports, AP Online - Georgia News, AP Sports - NFL
© Copyright 2019 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Lawyer: Stormy Daniels arrested at Ohio strip club
Stormy Daniels' lawyer says the porn actress has been arrested at an Ohio strip club after she let patrons touch her in violation of a state law
9:07AM ( 24 minutes ago )
Pope pays rare tribute to French cardinal, attends full Mass
Pope Francis has paid an unusually personal and public tribute to French Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran by attending the funeral of the former Vatican foreign minister and interfaith expert
8:56AM ( 35 minutes ago )
The Latest: Trump lands in Great Britain for first UK visit
President Donald Trump has arrived in Great Britain for his first visit as president amid NATO tensions, protests and Brexit turmoil
8:55AM ( 36 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
30-love Wimbledon semifinals: Nadal-Djokovic, Isner-Anderson
After so much speculation about a possible Wimbledon final between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, 10 years after their last, the tennis world instead will get a semifinal featuring another outstanding rivalry: Nadal vs. Novak Djokovic
8:22AM ( 1 hour ago )
The Latest: Ostapenko in Wimbledon semifinal debut vs Kerber
Jelena Ostapenko has started her first Wimbledon semifinal and is playing against two-time Grand Slam winner Angelique Kerber
8:16AM ( 1 hour ago )
Williams looks to extend Slam finals streak at Wimbledon
Serena Williams will attempt to reach a Grand Slam final for the 12th straight season as she faces Julia Goerges in the Wimbledon semifinals on Thursday
7:44AM ( 1 hour ago )
AP Sports
Kansas intent on changing football culture under Long
Jeff Long didn't waste time making clear his focus as Kansas' new athletic director
5:01PM ( 16 hours ago )
Panthers owner under contract to keep Richardson statue
New Panthers owner David Tepper says while he'll accept nothing less than an 'open and safe' work environment, he's 'contractually obligated' to keep the 13-foot high statue of former owner Jerry Richardson outside of the team's stadium
4:01PM ( 1 day ago )
Ex-Detroit Lions tight end Pettigrew arrested in Pittsburgh
Police say a former Detroit Lions player has been arrested in Pittsburgh for punching an officer in the chest after refusing to pay a limo driver
4:34PM ( 2 days ago )
AP Online Football
Ex-Louisville players sue NCAA over vacated national title
Former Louisville players sue the NCAA over vacated 2013 national title
3:52PM ( 17 hours ago )
Atlanta's Young finally gets shot going in summer league win
Atlanta's Young finally gets shot going in summer league win
10:41PM ( 1 day ago )
Release of 5th 'Indiana Jones' movie pushed to 2021
Indiana Jones won't be swinging back into movie theaters until at least 2021, the Walt Disney Co. announced Tuesday
1:38PM ( 1 day ago )
College Sports
AP Online - Georgia News
Owens says he will give induction speech at Chattanooga
Terrell Owens has decided to celebrate his induction into the Hall of Fame at Chattanooga, where he played college football
4:42PM ( 1 week ago )
Seahawks' Kam Chancellor: 'Time for the next chapter'
Seattle Seahawks strong safety Kam Chancellor said scans on his injured neck have shown no improvement and declared it was "time for the next chapter."
11:01PM ( 1 week ago )
Annapolis-bred Belichick laments newspaper shooting
Annapolis-bred Bill Belichick expresses sympathy toward victims of his 'hometown newspaper'
2:31PM ( 1 week ago )
AP Sports - NFL
Lawyer: Stormy Daniels arrested at Ohio strip club
Stormy Daniels' lawyer says the porn actress has been arrested at an Ohio strip club after she let patrons touch her in violation of a state law
9:07AM ( 25 minutes ago )
Pope pays rare tribute to French cardinal, attends full Mass
Pope Francis has paid an unusually personal and public tribute to French Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran by attending the funeral of the former Vatican foreign minister and interfaith expert
8:56AM ( 36 minutes ago )
The Latest: Trump lands in Great Britain for first UK visit
President Donald Trump has arrived in Great Britain for his first visit as president amid NATO tensions, protests and Brexit turmoil
8:55AM ( 36 minutes ago )
The Latest: Expert panel praises Belgium's tactical approach
Belgium outwitting Brazil in the quarterfinals has been rated by FIFA's expert panel as the best tactical success at the World Cup
8:53AM ( 38 minutes ago )
Tyler Perry warns his fans about fake Facebook offers
Tyler Perry is warning fans not to be scammed by false Facebook offers
8:53AM ( 39 minutes ago )