As the Alliance of American Football kicks off its third week with matchups, bettors now have the opportunity to wager on these games.
Games between Arizona vs. Salt Lake, Memphis vs. Orlando, Birmingham vs. Atlanta, and San Antonio vs. San Diego this weekend will be seen on DraftKings Sportsbook. DraftKings is offering bettors the chance to place a bet with the spread, total and moneyline posted for on all four AAF games.
The company will also offer a marker on the overall champion of the league via its sportsbook site and app that is only available to use if you’re within the state of New Jersey. in a statement on Wednesday, DraftKings said that they've been listening to players and decided that the AAF would be a big enough market to join.
"We are always gathering feedback and this is just one more way of giving our player community a way to bet on the sports they love, even the sports that just started a couple weeks ago."
The AAF is an upstart professional league in its first year of existence designed not as a competitor to the NFL, but as a de facto developmental league where players can showcase and develop their talents in the hopes of furthering their careers.
The AAF’s is mission is to provide "high-quality professional football fueled by a dynamic Alliance between players, fans and the game." The schedule consists of 10 games followed by a four-team playoff with the championship game taking place in Las Vegas on April 20th.
The AAF was co-founded by Charlie Ebersol and Bill Polian, and has a leadership board that includes former NFL players Jared Allen, Troy Polamalu, Justin Tuck and Hines Ward. Ebersol is a television and film producer and the son of longtime NBC senior executive Dick Ebersol, while Polian is the former general manager of the Buffalo Bills, Carolina Panthers and Indianapolis Colts.
Each of the rosters for the eight teams is filled with names fans are likely to recognize either what the player accomplished in college or their time in the NFL. Among the notables with NFL experience are quarterbacks Christian Hackenberg, Aaron Murray and Matt Simms, and running backs Trent Richardson, Denard Robinson and Bishop Sankey.
And along the sidelines you’ll see head coaches Dennis Erickson (Salt Lake), Mike Martz (San Diego), Rick Neuheisel (Arizona), Mike Riley (San Antonio), Mike Singletary (Memphis) and Steve Spurrier (Orlando), each whom has extensive experience as head coach in the NFL and/or high-level college football.
Spurrier’s Orlando club has been the team most in the spotlight through the early part of the season. Not surprisingly considering Spurrier’s offense-minded approach, the Apollos have scored 40 and 37 points, respectively, in their first two games, both victories. The Arizona Hotshots and Birmingham Iron are the other undefeated teams.
DraftKings lists Orlando as the championship favorite at +175 in the first odds posted on its sportsbook app. Arizona at +200 is second, with Birmingham +350 third. Orlando is also an extremely heavy favorite in their third game of the season, at -910 favorites over Memphis.
No other game comes remotely close to the odds offered in Orlando/Memphis. Birmingham are -250 favorites over Atlanta in the second-most lopsided game this week. Arizona is favored -210 over Salt Lake, and San Diego is favored -129 over San Antonio.