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Alliance to open Saturday night after Super Bowl

The Alliance of American Football will begin its first season the night of Feb. 9, the Saturday after the Super Bowl, when the Atlanta Legends visit the Orlando Apollos, and the San Diego Fleet are at the San Antonio Commanders.

On the next day, the eight-team, 10-week league will have the Memphis Express at the Birmingham Iron, and the Salt Lake Stallions visiting the Arizona Hotshots.

Some well-known football figures are part of the league co-founded by Pro Football Hall of Famer Bill Polian. Steve Spurrier coaches Orlando, while Brad Childress is head coach in Atlanta and has Michael Vick as his offensive coordinator. Another Hall of Famer, Mike Singletary, is the head coach of the Express.

The final regular-season weekend will be April 12-14, with playoffs to follow. The league’s championship game will be played the weekend of April 26-28.

CBS is the league’s television partner and will televise one of the openers on Feb 9, as well as the championship game.

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