• November 9, 2018 at 11:16 am

    <span style=”color: #000000; font-family: ‘Microsoft YaHei’; font-size: 12px;”>Professional flag football is making a splash, and could outlast NFL And so it was, several years and plenty of ideas later.The league officially launched last season, with the inaugural game in San Jose, California, taking place in June. It was a taste of what was to come this year, with the AFFL’s US Open of Football — a tournament involving 128 teams vying for a spot in the finals and a shot at $1 million. The tournament began in March, the semifinals took place</span>
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    <span style=”color: #000000; font-family: ‘Microsoft YaHei’; font-size: 12px;”>Saturday and the tournament will culminate with the championship on Thursday in Houston.Put simply, the AFFL is 7-on-7 football with flags. No tackling. No kicking. Just throwing and running. The field is divided into four 25-yard sections. Touchdowns less than 50 yards are worth six points, scores from more than 50 yards are worth seven points. Extra points can be worth one, two or three points depending on distance. Each half is 30 minutes, with a running clock, except for the final two minutes of the second half. The simplicity is appealing, but so is the sophistication. Saturday’s games in Indianapolis were broadcast live on NFL Network, part of 11 games the network has broadcast this year. The game has plenty of hi-tech features, including transmitters on the flags that can show exactly where a player is down. The football itself includes a transmitter that can show whether the quarterback got a pass off in the requisite four seconds or less. The real draw, and what will make the league sink or swim in its critical early stages, is the star power. There are names up and down the four professional rosters of former NFL players who drew a crowd, and the hope is that they will continue to do that. Michael Vick. Fred Jackson. Terrell Owens. Ochocinco. Justin Forsett. Seneca Wallace. There are some track stars — Clayton Parros, Jarrin Solomon, Jeremy Wariner — and NBA stars — Nate Robinson, Carlos Boozer, Matt Barnes — and even a few professional lacrosse players, Sergio Perkovic and Nick Tintle.MORE:What’s the latest with Le’Veon Bell, others as franchise-tag deadline looms?MORE: Three-time Pro Bowl RB retires after seven seasons“I could tell you these two teams are the best flag football teams in America, which they might be,” Lewis said. “But when you have Jason Avant, Fred Jackson and all these recognizable NFL players coming out, that’s what gets the opportunity for people to see it.”But the idea of a new football league is nothing, well, new. So what makes Lewis think this has a shot? He points to what makes soccer successful in Europe.”Just like soccer is kind of the game they play at recess, pickup football is kind of that here,” he said. “We love the idea of the urgency they produce with their tournaments. That’s where the idea for this tournament came from. It’s a little bit like the FA Cup in England, where regular people can play against pros.”Lewis knows that for this league</span>
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    <span style=”color: #000000; font-family: ‘Microsoft YaHei’; font-size: 12px;”>to last, he has to connect with kids. So you can be sure that the AFFL has a robust social media presence. Its Twitter account has more than 13,000 followers and tweets in-game highlights every few minutes from the game.One of the first signs Lewis saw that he might be on to something with this league was that an hour-long video of last year’s launch game last year involving Michael Vick and Chad Ochocinco has more than 2 million views on YouTube, and he says the average person watching on their phone tunes in for 30 </span><strong style=”margin: 0px; padding: 0px; color: #000000; font-family: ‘Microsoft YaHei’; font-size: 12px;”>https://www.robgronkowskifanonlie.com/authentic-rob-gronkowski-jersey-sale-1_107.html<span style=”color: #000000; font-family: ‘Microsoft YaHei’; font-size: 12px;”> minutes.Growing concerns about the safety of football, especially at the youth level, means that people might be interested in a safer alternative, especially if there are opportunities for playing beyond middle school.“If kids or there parents are more interested in playing flag versus not playing football at all, I think kids are going to be a lot more likely to play flag if they see any kind of a path,” Lewis said. “As this evolves, I think you’ll see more opportunities to play it on a continuum rather than playing it up to eighth grade and being done with it.“I think eventually, we have something that feels a little bit like English soccer, where you have multiple levels of play.”Kirlon</span>
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    <span style=”color: #000000; font-family: ‘Microsoft YaHei’; font-size: 12px;”>Boyd has been playing flag football for more than a decade. When he and some friends were playing in a flag football tournament in Orlando and</span>
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    <span style=”color: #000000; font-family: ‘Microsoft YaHei’; font-size: 12px;”>approached by someone with the AFFL about joining the tournament, he jumped at the chance.“It’s a dream come true,” said Boyd, who is one of three coaches on the team. “We’ve been waiting for something like this to pop off for the last 15 years. It’s exciting. We came here to do what we normally do — win everything we play.”Now, they’re one win away from the grand prize. But he says the implications of the league go far beyond one game.“This is just as competitive as regular football,” he said. “I think some people would rather play this so they can avoid some of those types of injuries. As long as we’re out here playing at a high level and the pros are enjoying it also, that’s— going to pull a lot of people. I think it’s going to be big.”And Lewis says there’s more to come.“We have not perfected this game yet,” he said. “You have not seen the best athletes play this game yet. We haven’t presented it perfectly yet. When the NFL players have more reps under their belt, it’s kind of astonishing to consider what this game will look like.”</span><em style=”margin: 0px; padding: 0px; color: #000000; font-family: ‘Microsoft YaHei’; font-size: 12px;”>Follow IndyStar sports producer Matthew VanTryon on Twitter at @MVanTryon.Shaq Mason Jersey<span style=”color: #000000; font-family: ‘Microsoft YaHei’; font-size: 12px;”> </span>Austin Carr Jersey<span style=”color: #000000; font-family: ‘Microsoft YaHei’; font-size: 12px;”> </span>David Jones Jersey<span style=”color: #000000; font-family: ‘Microsoft YaHei’; font-size: 12px;”> </span>Tedy Bruschi Jersey<span style=”color: #000000; font-family: ‘Microsoft YaHei’; font-size: 12px;”> </span>James Ferentz Jersey<span style=”color: #000000; font-family: ‘Microsoft YaHei’; font-size: 12px;”> </span>Customize Jersey<span style=”color: #000000; font-family: ‘Microsoft YaHei’; font-size: 12px;”> </span>Donald Brown Jersey<span style=”color: #000000; font-family: ‘Microsoft YaHei’; font-size: 12px;”> </span>Dwayne Thomas Jersey<span style=”color: #000000; font-family: ‘Microsoft YaHei’; font-size: 12px;”> </span>Cyrus Jones JerseyLawrence Guy White Elite Jersey<span style=”color: #000000; font-family: ‘Microsoft YaHei’; font-size: 12px;”> </span>Reggie Wayne Jersey<span style=”color: #000000; font-family: ‘Microsoft YaHei’; font-size: 12px;”> </span>Joe Cardona Jersey<span style=”color: #000000; font-family: ‘Microsoft YaHei’; font-size: 12px;”> </span>Julian Edelman White Elite Jersey<span style=”color: #000000; font-family: ‘Microsoft YaHei’; font-size: 12px;”> </span>Jonathan Jones Jersey<span style=”color: #000000; font-family: ‘Microsoft YaHei’; font-size: 12px;”> </span>Brandin Cooks Jersey<span style=”color: #000000; font-family: ‘Microsoft YaHei’; font-size: 12px;”> </span>Damarius Travis Jersey<span style=”color: #000000; font-family: ‘Microsoft YaHei’; font-size: 12px;”> </span>Darius Kilgo Jersey<span style=”color: #000000; font-family: ‘Microsoft YaHei’; font-size: 12px;”> </span>Patrick Chung Jersey<span style=”color: #000000; font-family: ‘Microsoft YaHei’; font-size: 12px;”> </span>Jonathan Cooper Jersey