Today marks the official beginning of a new football league that has made it through initial funding, generation of effective press, and convincing solid athletes (like Chris Leak and Peter Warrick) of its potential success. At 12:00PM Eastern Time, the All American Football League (AAFL) will be conducting its inaugural draft. Fifty rounds are scheduled; however, each team can protect a certain amount of players to its roster and basically forfeit late picks in consideration. Protected players will be announced in the first segment of the draft and actual picks will not be released until around 1PM EST.
The AAFL seems to be trying to cater to all aspects of the new media. Not only will the draft be televised, but it will also be streamed online for the entire world to watch free of charge. Its official draft page even specifically invites Media members to cover all team draft sites, distancing itself from the terrible practices that College Baseball adopted in 2007.
I have been invited to attend the AAFL Florida Team’s draft in Gainesville, FL and the Official Afterparty at night. I fully intend to be at both events and will bring my camera along with me.