Giants Co-Owner Steve Tisch Supports AAF, Thinks It Will Drive Interest in NFL

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistFebruary 11, 2019

New York Giants owner Steve Tisch on the sidelines before an NFL football game against the Houston Texans Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)
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New York Giants co-owner Steve Tisch thinks the new Alliance of American Football (AAF) will be good for the NFL and football in general.

"If it creates additional interest in the NFL—which I think it will—I think it proves Americans want to watch football 52 weeks a year," he told TMZ Sports.

"I hope it works!" he added.

Tisch noted that the AAF shouldn't provide the NFL with competition when it comes to landing coaching candidates, and that the AAF "should be the best of what a minor league team could be."

Thus far, the new league has generated substantial buzz. On Saturday, it reportedly scored better ratings than an intriguing NBA matchup between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Houston Rockets, per Darren Rovell of the Action Network:

Darren Rovell @darrenrovell

Sources: In its debut night last night, @theaaf beat the NBA on ABC in head-to-head overnight ratings: AAF Games (2 games, 1 per market): 2.1 Houston-OKC game: 2.0

While new leagues receive a lot of attention at launch, they often disappear just as quickly. The XFL, for instance, received a ton of buzz on its initial launch but folded after one season (though the league is being relaunched in 2020).

Early returns from the AAF have been mostly positive, however:

Matt Miller @nfldraftscout

I love how some people are going so far out of their way to disparage the AAF. We get it. It's not the NFL. But it's a developmental spring league that's been fun. Let it be what it is.

Jake Heaps @jtheaps9

Watching the AAF is awesome. Massive need for those needing development, especially QB. Countless times I was told by Jets/Seahawks Personnel “I wish we still had NFL Europe to keep you around and get you more reps.” Some QBs will rise, others will confirm why they are out.

And with former NFL players like Christian Hackenberg and Trent Richardson in the AAF, there is added intrigue for football fans as both players attempt to work their way back into the NFL. For football junkies, the developmental league will help fill the void during the NFL offseason and has the potential to become a solid part of the football calendar going forward.


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