While potential plans to move an MLS franchise to Detroit may never pan out, the city could be ready for another pro sports team. At least according to Alliance of American Football founder or AAF, Charlie Ebersol.
The TV producer and founder of the AAF had a Twitter exchange with the Detroit-based rapper Eminem this past Monday. Ebersol offered a chance to bring his franchise to the Motor City.
Eminem, real name Marshall Mathers, began the exchange by tagging the AAF in his tweet to ask the league to allow player fights like they do in hockey.
Mathers posted he would watch every game would this change be implemented despite the fact there was no Detroit team yet. He then added that the franchise better not blow this opportunity.
In response, Ebersol admitted that Detroit wasn’t a bad idea for a possible new franchise in the future. The AAF began its play as a developmental football league in early 2019. As of now, it consists of eight teams in areas mostly outside the NFL markets. San Antonio, Memphis, Salt Lake City, and Orlando are a few of the current locations.
Tempe, Arizona, and Atlanta Georgia also host teams near their respective NFL teams.
Detroit Team for the AAF is still Uncertain
It’s uncertain the level of seriousness in Ebersol’s proposal as an email looking for a comment had no immediate return. It is also unclear why he believes Detroit to be a good option for a new location to his franchise.
Currently, Detroit is home to four professional sports teams including the NFL Lions. A new team would likely have to find its place in the inclement weather for home games. And that’s assuming it would play in another location that isn’t the Lions’ Ford Field.
Only seven weeks into its first season, the reviews for the AAF are mixed.
While the league enjoyed higher than average TV ratings, it has also fallen into both legal and financial challenges. It’s reported that Tom Dundon, owner of the Carolina Hurricanes, put down $250 million to the league due to trouble with the league’s payroll. A man also sued Ebersol, claiming the league was his idea.
Looking at the situation from a football angle, AAF employs those players who are marginal or worse players than those in the NFL. Most of the players in the AAF are looking for a final shot at the major league.
For the future, the league faces start-up league challenges such as the revamped XFL in 2020.