Eminem says he has the key to the Alliance of American Football’s success.
The “My Ballz” rapper (as part of D12) pitched a more aggressive rule set for the new football league. “Allowing the players to actually fight would be key to [the] league’s success, like [in] hockey,” Eminem suggested.
One person who is on board with Eminem’s ideas is AAF quarterback and former NFL and CFL player Johnny Manziel. “I got you,” Manziel tweeted at Marshall Mathers along with a goat emoji.
AAF co-founder and CEO Charlie Ebersol expressed interest in adding a Detroit team and having Eminem involved.
The AAF is an American football league that was founded in March of last year and began play on Feb. 9, 2019, six days after Super Bowl LII. The league targets markets that lack NFL representation.
The idea for AAF was inspired by ESPN Films’ “30 for 30” special on XFL, a failed football promotion spearheaded by WWE’s Vince McMahon. The XFL aimed at satisfying fans hunger for football during the NFL’s off-season and is currently being re-imagined by a new company funded by McMahon.