Posted February 24, 2014

Tim Tebow Could Return to Denver to Play Quarterback* (*Not for the Broncos)

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TV personality Tim Tebow might return to the gridiron :: Getty Images

TV personality Tim Tebow might return to the gridiron :: Getty Images

Former Broncos quarterback and current ESPN analyst Tim Tebow has been offered the opportunity to play in the new A11 Football League. According to Scott McKibben, the league’s commissioner and CEO, “We have given Tim Tebow a proposed offer to play in the league. At this point Tim has not responded, we respect that.” McKibben indicated that the offer had initially been extended to Tebow prior to him signing with the Patriots last summer and is still in good standing.

Currently the league only has six franchises — the New Jersey Generals, the Chicago Staggs, the LA Express, the Bay Area Sea Lions, the Tampa Bay Bandits and the Dallas Wranglers — but according to Woody Paige of The Denver Post, “Tebow’s reps have been approached about the former Broncos QB playing in the league, and a franchise most likely will be awarded soon to Denver.”

The A11FL’s games will take place during the spring and it has already been financed (always nice with these type of things) and landed a partnership with ESPN, which will broadcast two showcase games that the league with put on later this year. Full league play, with eight participating teams, is expected to begin in 2015.

The league’s name is adopted from the innovative A-11 offense in which certain formations are used to disguise which players are eligible to catch a pass on any given play. Here are a few examples of the A-11 at work at the high school level:

Tebow reportedly had an out-clause in his contract with ESPN if an NFL team were to show interest in him, but it’s not clear if said-clause also translates to non-NFL teams. It could possibly be a moot point regardless since most of Tebow’s work with the SEC network will occur in the fall, while the A-11 will have games take place during the spring.

Anyhow, here’s a video of Tim Tebow beating the Steelers in the playoffs from what seems like a lifetime ago:

24 comments
A11FLJoke!
A11FLJoke!

Why is this news? Who have these six franchises been awarded to? Just because Scott McKibben says the A11FL has financing does not mean they have sufficient financing to launch. Who are the investors? Sports Illustrated needs to do their homework before they go with these bogus stories. Anyone can buy time on ESPN2. What if nobody shows up for the showcase games? What if nobody watches the showcase games on television? Who are the sponsors? Why is a Sports Illustrated reporter not asking or answering any relevant questions? I get sick every time some stupid start-up football league uses Tim Tebow's name and reputation to issue a fleeting press release. Why do sports reporters fall for this trick? You should be ashamed!

JonathanPaulShipp
JonathanPaulShipp

Tebow go play QB for them and work on your skills then you may have a chance to return to the NFL, sitting around waiting for your phone to ring isn't helping you any now.

cunnfb34
cunnfb34

@A11FLJoke!  Whats with your arrogance?  Hiding behind anonymity is really lame.  Guess ESPN and Disney don't know what they are doing. Hmmmm.  What if their games are complete sellouts? They are pricing their tickets in the $30 range to make them family friendly. What if the fans embrace a great fun new league in the Spring?  Fans do love football and its never been more popular.  The A11FL is 12 months away from their 2015 kick-off and are way ahead of any other new pro football league that has attempted to start.  All your speculation and negativity can me met with an endless amount of positivity on the other end of the spectrum.  How much time to you have to waste today?  Great job A11FL doing a major amount of heavy-lifitng to get to this point.  

A11FLJoke!
A11FLJoke!

@cunnfb34 @A11FLJoke!  I am not bitter, but I am tired of people using the images and names of celebrities without their permission to get the attention of the news media. I think it is offensive. This only becomes news when Tim Tebow signs a contract. Before then it is only speculation of the part of the A11FL that they can get a contract with Tim Tebow. If has not responded to them in a year, this is not a story that is relevant today. How can anyone trust the A11FL if they are issuing bogus press releases to get attention? Sports Illustrated is above being used by a guerrilla marketer. People only use guerrilla marketing when they don't have the resources or the reputation for legitimate communication channels. Sports IlLustrated should not be victimized by these stunts. This is lousy reporting and someone needs to point it out so that Dan Treadway gets his act together and quits being so lazy!

A11FLJoke!
A11FLJoke!

@cunnfb34 @A11FLJoke!  In my opinion, the A11FL is the only one who is arrogant. They are telling the World that Tim Tebow may play in Denver and that they have six franchises. Where are the stadium deals? Their SF franchise they claim may play at Stanford, UC Berkeley or the Oakland Coliseum. Don't you think they should know where they are going to play before they announce a franchise. They can't lease Stanford or UC Berkeley. If they can't lease these stadiums, they obviously have not done their homework. Once you lose your credibility it is hard to get it back. Credibility is important!

A11FLJoke!
A11FLJoke!

@cunnfb34  I find this humorous. Before the Internet people could publish this rubbish and get away with it because of their personal relationship with compliant reporters. We now have accountability. There is nothing personal going on here except that I don't think it serves Sports Illustrated's reputation nor ESPN's reputation to become the unwitting mouthpiece of what is obviously a poorly conceived business plan. However, I strongly believe that there is an insatiable appetite for football, but I would have serious reservations about investing in a league that would be using rules that television viewers did not understand from the get go. It did not serve the XFL well which had TV ratings that tanked due to fan confusion and I do not think it will serve the A11FL well either for the same reason. I would be surprised but pleased if the A11FL survived past its first two exhibition games. However, they do not seem to be getting very good business or public relations advice based on the information disseminated and at least how I received it. The idea that they are dusting off and resurrecting USFL team names that have been on the shelf for over 30 years does not resonate with sports fans that are 35 and younger. It is confusing to me. Is the A11FL the new USFL, the new old USFL or the USFL wannabe? I don't know who their brand manager is, but it is confusing. I am just saying!

cunnfb34
cunnfb34

Clearly there is something personal going on to rise to this level of attack.  Were you recently relieved of duties due to illegal behavior or personally effected in some manner to alter your psychological behavior?

A11FLJoke!
A11FLJoke!

@cunnfb34 @A11FLJoke!  If you really want to get depressed watch their League announcement video on Youtube. See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dl5JCxhMrds

Scott McKibben and Mike Keller look like they are dead. They are so old the only people they could telegenically connect with are people who fought in WW2. I am not in my 80s. Moreover, I would not have Scott McKibben's nerve to read from a crib sheet my prepared remarks announcing the league before three hacks and then post the funeral to Youtube. At least Mike Keller was able to speak contemporaneously. Clearly, McKibben should be reporting to Keller; not vice versa. My gosh McKibben is supposed to have at least marketing sense even if he does not have any other sense.

A11FLJoke!
A11FLJoke!

@cunnfb34 @A11FLJoke!  When you can't argue the facts you call people names or disparage them. I at least am presenting the facts. I would be pleased to support the A11FL if they were honest in their press releases. There is a big difference between running the Rose Bowl Parade and operating the Rose Bowl BCS Game. I hate to rain on their Parade, but it is not a football game.

cunnfb34
cunnfb34

@A11FLJoke! The only thing that's happening here is good people are trying to create hundreds of American jobs in a really tough economy, putting their ball$ on the line and pushing a tremendously impossible endeavor down the tracks. And there is some anonymous fan psycho with no skin in the game, attacking the efforts.  Your cover name A11FLJoke! proves your only intention is to be malicious,  Hopefully everyone sees you for what you are.


A11FLJoke!
A11FLJoke!

@cunnfb34 @A11FLJoke!  How can they be talking to Tebow if he has not responded in over a year? Do you think Tim Tebow has approved of them publicly telling people that he has been approached, but has not responded? These people are idiots. You can not be more disrespectful to an athlete!

cunnfb34
cunnfb34

@A11FLJoke! Its not speculation, they are talking to Tebow and his people and trying to work out a deal to get time to play in major American football stadiums on ESPN on Prime Time telecasts.  This is news .  Where are the "bogus press releases". You are leveling untrue statements.  Once again your arrogance that a good reporter form Si is somehow a victim of the A11FL marketing.  Now you are really going off the rails.  Tip for tat.  Let's waste a whole day.


A11FLJoke!
A11FLJoke!

@cunnfb34  Who is Matt? I would like to meet him. He must be a smart insightful sports executive. Perhaps a former NFL GM.

A11FLJoke!
A11FLJoke!

@cunnfb34  First of all, why don't you care about the truth. This is not Matt. I feel insulted that these old sports have tried to perpetrate an ill-conceived idea of the unwitting general public. They are pretty smart in some respects in that they even got Sports Illustrated to regurgitate the tired old Tim Tebow PR stunt. The only reason they have been able to get away with it is that Tim Tebow does not want to even dignify their rhetoric by responding. By responding it would only serve to perpetrate their mystical lies. Sports Illustrated should not be in the business of publishing puff pieces. As it relates to me I am just a poor innocent bystander who happens to remember what I have read and unfortunately I am burdened by the ability to get agitated by the lies and inconsistencies. When you lie you always get caught. For my perspective cunnfb34, you must be in cahoots with these turkeys since you feel it is your purpose to unabashedly defend them regardless. I could only keep silent for so long and then they gave me the opportunity to opine on their garbage through Sports Illustrated. Karma is a beautiful thing!

cunnfb34
cunnfb34

Okay Matt. you got me. you win. Say hi to your wife and kid for me. Maybe you will show some guts and show who you really are if you are going to level insults like this.

A11FLJoke!
A11FLJoke!

@cunnfb34 @A11FLJoke!  Since you are so smart the UC Berkeley Settlement Agreement was entered into in April 2010, which is 3 decades past your dated reference. See http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/UC-to-pay-group-s-legal-fees-in-stadium-lawsuit-3193286.php 

Similarly Stanford agreed to similar restrictions as part of their county zoning ordinance. The problem I have with Scott McKibben is that he takes credit for managing the Rose Bowl. You have to be accurate with your resume or you are a liar. He was Executive Director of the Tournament of Roses Parade. Big difference. An ESPN TV deal that is a time buy does not mean a thing. Anybody can buy an informercial on television. I have a hard time believing that sports fans in Dallas will choose A11 football at the decrepit Cotton Bowl over the Texas Rangers or the Mavs in the NBA Playoffs. It is only going to be 75% humidity and 100 degrees on June 6th. As it relates to Tampa Raymond James Stadium is business model does not provide the exhibitor (A11FL) luxury suites to sell, parking revenue participation and concession participation. Raymond James also has high base rent which they will not be able to cover from game profits since there won't be any. It is a business model that does not make economic sense. You have to have a viable business model or you will never make it. 

cunnfb34
cunnfb34

@A11FLJoke! More speculation and no they didn't. Berkeley passed an ordinance due to Raiders games in the 1970's, which has since expired.  There is no such agreement at Stanford. Unless you are sitting in on meetings you have no idea what you are talking about.  Gues the qualifications of the former CEO of the Rose Bowl was an ESPN tv deal.

A11FLJoke!
A11FLJoke!

@cunnfb34 @A11FLJoke!  UC Berkeley and Stanford entered into Settlement Agreements with their respective neighborhoods that prohibit them from exhibiting major outside events at their respective stadiums other than the Olympics or the World Cup. You would think these geniuses would have investigated it or even spoke to these fine institutions before they used their reputations to further their public relations strategy. It is never good public relations to make public statements that are not true. There is no excuse for these geniuses to not know that Stanford and UC Berkeley are not available. Somebody needs to hold them accountable for their disingenuous at best public statements. In my opinion they are completely out of their league. What qualifies a Rose Bowl Parade Executive Director to be a Commissioner of a football league? Scott McKibben could not get along with the Tournament of Roses Committee. What makes people think he will be able to get along with Team owners?

cunnfb34
cunnfb34

@A11FLJoke! Haven't done their homework?  This is the accusation of a "fan base crazy" to think that good people trying to put together a league that is fun for the fans are not doing their homework.  What do you know about stadium deals?  All this stadiums sound reasonable.  There is nothing that says any of the Bay Area stadiums are not available in the off-season.  Crazy time again.