The League charter allows only those players who have both earned a 4-year degree and completed their college football eligibility to suit up and play in the League. University educators and athletic department officials are quite hopeful that this policy will have a very positive impact on universities' NCAA Graduation Success Rate and their Academic Progress Rate.
According to League Board Member John Smith Young, who served as Chancellor of UCLA and President of the University of Florida for a combined total of 33 years, "The requirement that any players in this new league must have received their undergraduate degree and used up all their football eligibility is a great incentive for all players to stay in school through graduation. This is a critical provision of the All American Football League's™ policies, and one which will help to solve a problem which has been of great concern to all of us worried about the future of intercollegiate athletics."
"I believe this is a great opportunity for former players like myself...I am a living witness that this does influence athletes to receive their degrees. I was going to go back in the summer...until I heard about this league and am now enrolled for my final 3 credits to graduate this fall."
-Prospective All American Football League player
Because only a small percentage of players will actually make the NFL, and the average career length for those that do make it, is only 4 years, fans oftentimes lose track of their favorite players once their collegiate eligibility has expired.
The League teams will feature grads of the local university. For some players, the All American Football League™ will be a stepping-stone into, or back into the NFL. For many, it will be a chance to continue playing football on the campus of their alma mater in front of the loyal and enthusiastic fan base that has grown to love them.
The League believes there is a pent up demand for games and seating at many venues that will be hosting League teams. In cases in which a university is hosting a team, their alumni, fans and supporters will receive first priority on memberships. This will entitle them to renewable season tickets in preferred locations, preferred parking, first option on tickets to playoff and championship games and other insider benefits. The membership model will allow League teams to keep prices at a very moderate level.
The League is exploring the possibility of broadcasting games through a private network that might eliminate TV timeouts for commercial purposes. Although the League expects all or some League games will appear on commercial TV, fans that purchase "memberships" in their teams might have the option of accessing all games on the League's private network.
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