New York Giants co-owner Steve Tisch initially seemed lukewarm on the Alliance of American Football (AAF), but after a successful opening weekend in which it beat the NBA on ABC in ratings, he now sees the league as a positive for the NFL.
“If it creates additional interest in the NFL — which I think it will — I think it proves Americans want to watch football 52 weeks a year,” Tisch told TMZ Sports. “And this is why I think it’s going to be successful.
“I hope it works. . . 52 weeks of the year people want to watch professional football.”
Like many, Tisch views the AAF as a developmental league of sorts; something capable of serving as a minor league that churns out players to take the next step up. That’s also why he doesn’t fear losing quality NFL coaches to the startup in the future.
“I think it’s like the best of what a minor league team could be. I think there are 32 NFL coaches that are going to do very well and there will always be great new NFL coaches,” Tisch said.
AAF action will continue on Saturday night with two more games, and after an opening week in which they dominated the newscycle, you can bet Tisch and other big NFL names will be more likely to tune in and see what’s going on.