The formation of the now defunct AAF and the resurrection of the XFL both seem to be based on the idea that football is good and football is better. But is that really the case?
More specifically, do people really want more football when it's not a football season?
Even though the spread of legalized gambling could create a demand for football matches that can be bet on after the end of the traditional football season, why not play an alternative professional league that plays games in the months in which the NFL and NCAA are playing their games but on the days when the NFL and NCAA are not playing?
Tuesday and Wednesday evenings during the football season are currently wide open when it comes to football. Why not offer alternative professional games on these evenings? Some would say that people need a break between Monday and Thursday when an NFL week ends and the next NFL week begins. Others would say that the demand for football without interruption during the football season would outweigh the demand for football after the football is over and people are watching other sports and / or doing other things.
It is unclear if this would work. But football from February to April did not work and does not work. At some point, someone who burned several hundred million dollars should resist the temptation to run a non-football season and simply use the available television windows during the football season.