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Birmingham will join the Alliance of American Football in 2019.

June 6, 2018
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The Alliance of American Football announces that Birmingham will have a team in the league's inaugural season, which is slated to begin play in 2019.

Birmingham is the seventh of eight teams that will be named. Cities previously announced are Atlanta, Memphis, Orlando, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, and San Diego. All teams will be owned by the league.

The Alliance of American Football was founded by Charlie Ebersol, who directed ESPN's "30 for 30" documentary on the XFL, and brought in former National Football League general manager Bill Polian to help oversee the league. Former Steelers safety Troy Polamalu will oversee the player side while former USC standout and executive J. K. McKay will oversee the team side. Advisors include former NFL players Hines Ward and Justin Tuck. Another advisor will be Charlie's father, Dick Ebersol, who was once president of NBC Sports and former partner of Vince McMahon in the XFL.

Plans call for a 12 week season kicking off on February 9, 2019 and a championship game in late April.

Tim Lewis was also named head coach. This will be his first head coach position.

  Head coach Tim Lewis
Lewis played his college ball at Pittsburgh from 1979 to 1982. After graduating, he was drafted by the NFL's Green Bay Packers. Early in his third season, he suffered a career-ending neck injury.

He began his coaching career the following year, first as a graduate assistant coach at Texas A&M, followed by assistant roles at SMU and his alma mater.

In 1995, Lewis joined the NFL's Pittsburgh Steelers as the defensive backs coach, a position he held for five years before being promoted to defensive coordinator. From 2004 to 2006, Lewis served as defensive coordinator of the NFL's New York Giants. He then went on to hold secondary coach positions with the NFL's Carolina Panthers (2007-08), the NFL's Seattle Seahawks (2009), and the NFL's Atlanta Falcons (2010-14).

Lewis is probably the least known of the AAF head coaches announced, which currently include former college coaches Steve Spurrier (Orlando) and Dennis Erickson (Salt Lake City), as well as former NFL coaches Brad Childress (Atlanta) and Mike Singletary (Memphis).

No team name or colors were announced.

  The team will call Legion Field home for two years or until a new
stadium is built downtown near the Uptown District and the BJCC
CBS has agreed to televise the league's first game, as well as one game each week, and also the championship game.

  Alliance of American Football founder Charlie Ebersol (center) with XFL
co-founders Vince McMahon (left) and Dick Ebersol (right)

September 20, 2018
The AAF announces four of the eight team names and logos. The local team will be called the Birmingham Iron.

Coach Lewis explained the choice saying, "We picked that name because the name pays tribute to the hard-working, blue-collar steelworkers who provided the iron that fueled the Industrial Revolution. This great city of Birmingham is tough, hard-working, passionate, dependable -- all attributes that our team will uphold both on and off the field."

General manager Joe Pendry commented on the team's colors. "They'll be black, dark gray, and a silver, and a light gray. Part of that comes from the floss that you make steel with, so it all goes hand-in-hand with being the Birmingham Iron."

The other teams are Atlanta Legends, Memphis Express, and Orlando Apollos.

September 25, 2018
The AAF announces the remaining four team names and logos; Arizona Hotshots, Salt Lake Stallions, San Antonio Commanders, and San Diego Fleet.
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Arizona Hotshots logo     Atlanta Legends logo    Birmingham Iron logo    Memphis Express logo   Orlando Apollos logo
Arizona Hotshots   Atlanta Legends   Birmingham Iron   Memphis Express   Orlando Apollos
Salt Lake Stallions San Antonio Commanders logo San Diego Fleet        
Salt Lake Stallions   San Antonio Commanders   San Diego Fleet        

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Date Opponent Result    Score   
    02/10/2019     Memphis Express    
02/16/2019 Salt Lake Stallions    
02/24/2019 at Atlanta Legends    
03/02/2019 San Antonio Commanders    
03/09/2019 Orlando Apollos    
03/17/2019 at San Diego Fleet    
03/24/2019 at Memphis Express    
03/31/2019 Atlanta Legends    
04/07/2019 at Arizona Hotshots    
04/14/2019 at Orlando Apollos    

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