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The Alliance of American Football have been incredibly secretive with the details regarding the AAF app. Very few things have been confirmed until now.

Thanks to a contact at TeamWork Online we can provide you with exclusive information directly from the I.T team at the Alliance of American Football.

Let’s start with the one thing which isn’t set in stone. Unfortunately, it’s the thing most people want to know and that’s the release date. Although I haven’t been given the exact day I can tell you why it hasn’t been released and when they are aiming to release it.

As you may already know, the AAF scrimmage pre-season fixtures were not televised at all. The reason for this being that they expected the app to have been released before last weekends pre-season fixtures.

Why was there a delay?

The app itself has been completed and is in its final form but during testing they discovered a few bugs which were harder to correct than they initially thought.

It does appear as if those bugs have been fixed and in all honesty I’m glad the app was delayed instead of releasing with bugs – for a new brand that kind of unreliability will have huge ramifications for them.

When is it coming out?

The new release date for the Alliance of American Football has yet to be confirmed officially but Lazy Fan Sports can confirm that depending on your region and operating system the app will be available between February 2nd and February 4th. The exact release date, at present, is yet to trickle down to management level within the AAF head offices.

The commercial for the Alliance of American Football is rumoured to be aired during the Super Bowl. We asked our contact, who was employed via TeamWork Online about these rumours and although he couldn’t confirm himself he did tell us that he expects a few surprises to be pulled the closer we get to the Super Bowl.

Lazy Fan had been sent a few examples of the app interface but we were unable to confirm whether they were genuine or not. What we can confirm is that the app has a “new generation” feel with a “sleek, elegant and modern” design. The inspiration for many aspects of the app has been taken from the MLS team apps.

Features

Desktop Viewing:
Not strictly a feature for the app but it’s a question which has been asked several thousand times over the past few weeks. LFS can confirm that there will be a web platform available although we’re not entirely sure if that’s via a downloadable desktop app or a web client.

Screencasting:
This is an important one for many of you out there. Our contact tells us that it is a feature they’ve been working on and it could find it’s way into the released version at launch. However, he believes it’s much more likely to be added a later date as it was not included in their latest test version.

Roku:
We can confirm that the Alliance of American football app will be available on Roku devices. We can also confirm that the app will be available on all Android TV platforms although we couldn’t confirm whether or not Apple TV will also have the app available at launch. It’s possible that the Roku and Android TV apps will be made available during the week between the Super Bowl and the AAF kick off.

Unconfirmed devices also include the Amazon Firestick, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

NFL Gamepass:
You what now? You must be kidding, the NFL isn’t going to host AAF games surely? Well, the honest answer is we don’t know and we couldn’t get it confirmed due to our contact not having access to this kind of information. He did, however, say it was something that had been discussed heavily at times and there was an offer on the table from the NFL for the AAF to consider.

Whether it’s been accepted or not is unknown at this point but what I can confirm is that the if the NFL/Gamepass pick up the AAF games it would be included in the current subscription, however, all CBSSN games will be blacked out.

Fantasy Football:
This one has been confirmed by the AAF themselves but it isn’t your standard Fantasy Football experience. We’ve been told exclusively that the level of interaction will be unlike anything seen before in an entertainment/streaming/sports app. In fact, our contact, a member of the development team believes this is the most exciting project he’s ever worked on.

Update – Lazy Fan Sports have had it confirmed that the app will feature interaction based on things such as; Tickets purchasing, gambling, league information and game awards. – These are not the only features although they are the ones that have been confirmed to us.

Ads:
Unfortunately, there will be ads on the platform. A paid ad-free version was discussed but ditched after failing to come to an agreement regarding how the fee structure would work. The ads themselves will be pinned to certain screens of the interface with similar style ads to YouTube being played prior to video clips as well as in-game advertising.

Unfortunately, that’s all the information we were able to gather at this stage. Once the app has been dropped we’ll be making sure you all know about it!

Follow us on twitter @Lazyfansports and we’ll make sure you’re the first to know when it’s released and where you can get it.

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