The Alliance of American Football (AAF) launched its inaugural season this year, beginning its 10-week season on Feb. 9, 2019, just one week after the NFL’s Super Bowl. Fast-forward two weeks later and DraftKings Sportsbook has officially made the AAF part of its sports betting package, offering NJ online sports betting players to place bets on the AAF. So if you were missing betting on football, you’re in luck because all you have to do is go to the NJ sportsbook app at DraftKings.
DraftKings Sportsbook Betting Options For The AAF
The DraftKings Sportsbook app will allow NJ sports betting players to place AAF wagers on the spread, total (over/under) and moneyline for each game. Bettors will also have a chance to view the entire landscape of the league and place a futures bet on which team will win the AAF Championship.
DraftKings says they plan to expand the types of betting in the near future, so we could potentially see AAF parlays and prop bets.
What Is The AAF?
As noted above, the Alliance of American Football (AAF) is a new football league. Its journey began when filmmaker Charlie Ebersol decided a second football league can succeed after making the “This Was the XFL” documentary for ESPN Films' 30 for 30 series in late 2016. Bill Polian, who was Vice Chairman of the Colts joined Ebersol to co-found the AAF and on March 20, 2018 an announcement for the league was made. Over the next year, the AAF signed over 200 players, including the Browns 2012 third overall draft pick Trent Richardson, Nick Novak, Stephen Hill, Zac Stacy, David Cobb, Daryl Richardson, Bishop Sankey, Garrett Gilbert, Jalin Marshall and the Jets 2016 second-round pick Christian Hackenberg. The AAF is overseen by Bill Polian, Troy Polamalu and executive J.K. McKay. The league also has the benefit of having advisors such as Hines Ward, Justin Tuck and retired referee Mike Pereira.
The league currently carries eight teams:
- Atlanta Legends
- Birmingham Iron
- Memphis Express
- Orlando Apollos
- Arizona Hotshots
- Salt Lake Stallions
- San Antonio Commanders
- San Diego Fleet
How Is The AAF Different From the NFL?
There are several rules that make the AAF different from the NFL:
Blitzing: No more than five players and rush on a single play. Players are not allowed to blitz from more than two yards outside the defensive line or from five yards back of the line of scrimmage. Players who are lined up at the line of scrimmage count as rushers, even if they don’t pursue the quarterback. A violation of these rules results in a 15-yard penalty against the defense.
No Kickoffs: Teams begin on their own 25-yard line to begin the game and after the opposing team scores.
No Extra Points: The AAF only allows two-point conversion attempts after scoring a touchdown.
Overtime: Each team receives the ball at the 10-yard line with a chance to score a touchdown and a two-point conversion. If each team fails to score or both happen to score the same amount of points (converting a two-points conversion,) the game ends in a tie.
Sky Judge: This is a ninth official who is in the press box and can communicate to the referees down on the field as to whether a penalty has occurred that they may have missed, or to pick up a penalty flag, reversing a call on the field.
It remains to be seen if the AAF will enjoy a second season, but Tom Dundon, who is invested in the NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes, invested $250 million in the AAF and has been named the new chairman of the league. It sounds like the AAF has some believers.
Besides the NFL, the XFL is still expected to begin play in 2020, giving us all the football we can handle. And DraftKings Online Sportsbook plans to give NJ sports betting players all the options possible.