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Birmingham will join the Alliance of American Football in 2019.


June 6, 2018
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  Alliance of American Football founder Charlie Ebersol (center) with XFL
co-founders Vince McMahon (left) and Dick Ebersol (right)
   
The Alliance of American Football announces that Birmingham will have a team in the league's inaugural season, which is slated to begin play in 2019.

Birmingham is the seventh of eight teams that will be named. Cities previously announced are Atlanta, Memphis, Orlando, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, and San Diego. All teams will be owned by the league.

The Alliance of American Football was founded by Charlie Ebersol, who directed ESPN's "30 for 30" documentary on the XFL, and brought in former National Football League general manager Bill Polian to help oversee the league. Former Steelers safety Troy Polamalu will oversee the player side while former USC standout and executive J. K. McKay will oversee the team side. Advisors include former NFL players Hines Ward and Justin Tuck. Another advisor will be Charlie's father, Dick Ebersol, who was once president of NBC Sports and former partner of Vince McMahon in the XFL.

Plans call for a 12 week season kicking off on February 9, 2019 and a championship game in late April.

    Tim Lewis
  Head coach Tim Lewis
   
Tim Lewis was also named head coach. This will be his first head coach position.

Lewis played his college ball at Pittsburgh from 1979 to 1982. After graduating, he was drafted by the NFL's Green Bay Packers. Early in his third season, he suffered a career-ending neck injury.

He began his coaching career the following year, first as a graduate assistant coach at Texas A&M, followed by assistant roles at SMU and his alma mater.

In 1995, Lewis joined the NFL's Pittsburgh Steelers as the defensive backs coach, a position he held for five years before being promoted to defensive coordinator. From 2004 to 2006, Lewis served as defensive coordinator of the NFL's New York Giants. He then went on to hold secondary coach positions with the NFL's Carolina Panthers (2007-08), the NFL's Seattle Seahawks (2009), and the NFL's Atlanta Falcons (2010-14).

Lewis is probably the least known of the AAF head coaches announced, which currently include former college coaches Steve Spurrier (Orlando) and Dennis Erickson (Salt Lake City), as well as former NFL coaches Brad Childress (Atlanta) and Mike Singletary (Memphis).

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  The team will call Legion Field home for two years or until a new
stadium is built downtown near the Uptown District and the BJCC
   
No team name or colors were announced.

CBS has agreed to televise the league's first game, as well as one game each week, and also the championship game.













 
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