Quarterback John Wolford Stars in AAF Debut for Arizona Hotshots

Getty									Former Alabama running back Trent Richardson is playing for the Birmingham Iron

Getty Former Alabama running back Trent Richardson is playing for the Birmingham Iron

The Alliance of American Football had a successful inaugural season-opening set last night.

Saturday's AAF debut, which featured a pair of games on CBS, registered a 2.1 rating, according to Sports Business Journal, a strong start for a league that hopes to capture football fans' attention during the NFL offseason.

The league continues play today with the other half of the eight teams making their debuts as well.

The football was fun and fast-paced, they're trying some new innovations like transparency on instant replay that might translate well to the NFL, the TV production was well done, the fans sounded like they thought they were getting their money's worth, and, most importantly, it's football at a time of year when we otherwise wouldn't have any to watch.

Despite a close game at halftime, the Hotshots beat the Salt Lake Stallions, 38-22. The Memphis Express is on the road to Birmingham to take on the Iron for the first game of the day. Viewers' curiosity of an indirect National Football League competitor surely helped early ratings; now we'll find out if the AAF can keep those eyeballs and attract more.

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