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8-team pro football league introduces Salt Lake Stallions before February kickoff

8-team pro football league introduces Salt Lake Stallions before February kickoff

(Alliance of American Football)

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SALT LAKE CITY — The “Alliance Salt Lake” is no more.

Welcome to the world, Salt Lake Stallions.

The Utah-based franchise for the Alliance of American Football, a startup league that will play from February through April, announced its name in conjunction with the four teams in the west Tuesday morning.

The four teams in Alliance West will be the Arizona Hotshots, San Antonio Commanders, San Diego Fleet and Salt Lake Stallions. The four names are meant to symbolize important aspects of the regions and market they represent.

The teams join the Birmingham Iron, Memphis Express, Orlando Apollos and Atlanta Legends, which were announced last week.

The Stallions are meant to “honor the spirit of the region and the rumbling presence of horsepower, inspired by the Bonneville Salt Flats where world land speed records have been set and broken for decades,” the league said in a statement.

Salt Lake’s colors will be sky blue, royal blue and silver.

The Stallions, who are coached by former Utah offensive coordinator Dennis Erickson, will play their home games at Rice-Eccles Stadium. Among the team’s first signings are former BYU players Handsome Tanielu and Tuni Kanuch, Utah State’s David Moala and Anthony Williams, and Southern Utah’s Steve Wroblewski.

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Among the conditions in each contract for every player on each team's 52-man roster is an "out-clause" if he is signed to an NFL roster or practice squad. Billed as an NFL developmental league with eyes on "filling the football void" between the Super Bowl and the NFL draft, the Alliance of American Football will stream matchups on their official app and put a heavy emphasis on fantasy options and real-time sports betting.

The league kicks off Feb. 9, 2019 on CBS.

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