AAF reportedly posts better ratings than top National Basketball Association matchup

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Staffers were moving at a fast, nearly frantic pace at times, double checking and making everything was prepared.

The events occurred in a odd, chronological order, nearly as though fans were watching an inspirational Hollywood movie instead of the inaugural game of an upstart football league.

But Ebersol couldn't help trumpeting that the AAF topics were 11 of the 20 most trending on Twitter following the game and that the league's app was No. 1 on Google Play and No. 2 in the Apple Store.

Assuming the new league continues, it would be most likely that former Bears players would end up with the Arizona franchise.

However, the new league will be slightly different from the NFL that we all know and love, starting with the different rules between the two leagues. Additionally, there will be a sky judge referee who can communicate with the officials on the field in real-time so the refs won't have to go under the hood. We are getting away from kickoffs for two reasons.

Despite on-and-off rain throughout the entire evening, there was an announced crowd of 20,191 in attendance.

Rain sent some early arrivals scurrying for cover in concession areas beneath the stands and intermittent showers fell most of the night, contributing to some slipping and sliding and occasional sloppy play. The team will be coached by, coaching legend Steve Spurrier.

"I really think a lot of the reactions were real positive tonight", he said. Better than I expected. "They saw enough good plays after the first quarter when we finally put on a good show".

Orlando built a 22-6 lead at halftime and never looked back to win its season opener. Be sure to go to there site and support them. Akeem Hunt was the team's leading rushing with 73 yards on 10 carries.

Defensively, Orlando dominated Atlanta. Orlando finished with four sacks, seven quarterback hits and seven tackles-for-loss.

He is now 3-of-11 for 20 yards and an interception.

Overall, this game was a promising start for the league and Orlando.

Former NFL quarterback Christian Hackenberg, whose middle name is Blaize, made his return to the gridiron on Sunday as a member of the AAF's Memphis Express.

According to TVByTheNumbers, almost 3.2 million people watched the pregame and 2.91 million stuck with the broadcast for the actual action between the Orlando Apollos vs. Atlanta Legends and the San Antonio Commanders vs. San Diego Fleet.

The Orlando Apollos will play their first game on Saturday at 8 p.m.at Spectrum Stadium, against the Atlanta Legends. CBS Sports Network will broadcast the first matchup, while NFL Network will take the nightcap.

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