Alliance of American Football Week 1: Scores, Reaction

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CLEVELAND (92.3 The Game) -- The Alliance of American Football is getting positive early reviews.

Ben Kercheval of CBS Sports said that covering the AAF, which kicked off Saturday night with a pair of games, has been a blast.

"It's been a lot of work. It's been a lot of fun," Kercheval told told Jonathan Peterlin on 92.3 The Game. "A little bit of shooting from the hip and learning on the fly. But we've had a lot of excitement and positive feedback from it. 

"It's been a lot of fun to be a witness to that as it's all unfolded. ... It's just sort of a ride right now." 

Week 1 scores:

Orlando Apollos 40, Atlanta Legends 6

San Antonio Commanders 15, San Diego Fleet 6

Birmingham Iron 26, Memphis Express 0

Arizona Hotshots 38, Salt Lake Stallions 22

The Apollos are coached by 73-year-old Steve Spurrier, returning to the sideline for the first time since abruptly walking away from the college game in 2015. The famed Ball Coach, who made his reputation at the University of Florida in nearby Gainesville, brought along an entertaining style of offense. 

And there were some big quarterback hits.

Saturday's primetime debut on CBS drew 2.9 million viewers between 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. ET, eclipsing the Houston Rockets-Oklahoma City Thunder NBA game's 2.5 million viewers during that same window in preliminary numbers, according to Sports TV Ratings (the AAF and NBA broadcasts each registered a 2.1 overnight rating, per Sports Business Journal). 

The broadcast was praised for its approach to replay reviews.

"The way they had the transparency with the replay, having everyone mic'd up, going through the process of it," Kercheval said. "There is such a frustration right now in the NFL with how they go about this process. ... [The AAF officials> go step by step, exactly what they're looking at and how they're going to make this call. And even if you don't agree with the call eventually, you will hear everything that they have to say about that.

"And I think that is a real fan win. The AAF 100 percent got that right, and I would not be surprised if the NFL ended up adopting that in earnest."

With AP