AAF's J.K. McKay: "Every Day Is A Fire Drill"

The Alliance of American Football debuts this Saturday

The DA Show
February 07, 2019 - 1:14 pm

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AAF Head of Football Operations J.K. McKay dropped by CBS Sports Radio to discuss the Alliance of American Football, which debuts this Saturday on CBS.

And there’s a lot to do between now and then.

“Oh, 100 percent. As we say, every day is a fire drill,” McKay said on The DA Show. “We’re trying to put this thing together. We have a checklist at every stadium – things we need to check on game day, and it is about six pages long and might have 500 items on it. So we’re trying to get everything right.”

In Week 1, the San Diego Fleet play the San Antonio Commanders, the Atlanta Legends play the Orlando Apollos, the Memphis Express play the Birmingham Iron, and the Salt Lake Stallions play the Arizona Hotshots.

“The first game makes me extremely nervous in each of our stadiums,” McKay said. “But as I always say, we’ll drop some balls, but we got to pick them up in a hurry. Anything that goes wrong, we’ll try to fix it as quick as we can, but we’re excited about it. We got good people involved in each of the markets. I really do feel good about it.”

The AAF, which was co-founded by Bill Polian and Charlie Ebersol, hopes to draw upwards of 40,000 people at each game this season.

“That would be a home run, I think,” McKay said. “I think it will build. We’ve kind of been under the radar a little bit – and that’s a little bit intentional in that we’re trying to build this thing the right way for success in years two, three, four, five. We have to prove ourselves, I think, in each of our markets. But I think our fans are going to like it. It’s going to be fun. And hopefully over time our attendance will go up as opposed to the other direction.”

McKay has been around every AAF fan base and said that there’s a “high degree of interest.” 

“Surprisingly high degree of interest in San Diego,” he said. “There’s a lot going on down there, but a lot of people are interested in the San Diego Fleet. I’ve seen the same thing in San Antonio. Everybody in San Antonio, they recognize the Alliance logo now. They seem to be kind of excited about it. That will be the really interesting thing, to see which fan base really rises up and supports their team. Part of that may have to do with wins and losses.”