Series on the Alliance of American Football: The Rise of the AAF

As a filmmaker and the son of legendary NBC television executive Dick Ebersol, Charlie Ebersol was motivated to create the Alliance of American Football (AAF) in late 2016 after producing the documentary This Was the XFL for ESPN Films’ 30 for 30 series. The Xtreme Football League (XFL) was the 2001 brainchild of Vince McMahon, CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). The XFL, which aired on NBC, was designed to be an extreme version of spring professional football, but it was canceled after only one…
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Judge Dismisses Action Over NFL’s “Undrafted” Series

On December 18, 2015, U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee dismissed a suit against the National Football League (NFL), which alleged that the league stole the idea for their Emmy-nominated television show, “Undrafted.” Ricky Reed filed suit against the NFL, Roger Goodell, and eight NFL employees in March, claiming that the league had ripped off his idea for the television show “Undrafted.” In his complaint, Reed alleged that he contacted the NFL in August of 2013 to pitch an idea about a show that he thought…
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