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Salt Lake Stallions
AmericanFootball current event.svg.png Current season
Established 2018
Folded 2019
Played in Rice–Eccles Stadium
in Salt Lake City, Utah
League/conference affiliations
Alliance of American Football (2019)
  • Western Conference (2019)
Team colorsBlue, Deep Sky Blue and Silver
              
Personnel
PresidentTyler Howell[1]
General managerRandy Mueller
Head coachDennis Erickson
Team history
*Salt Lake Stallions (2019)
Championships
League championships (0)
Conference championships (0)
Division championships (0)
Home arena(s)
*Rice–Eccles Stadium (2019)

The Salt Lake Stallions were a professional American football team based in Salt Lake City, and one of the charter members of the Alliance of American Football (AAF), which began play in February 2019.[2] The Stallions were the northernmost team in the AAF, as the league's only franchise north of the 35th parallel. The team's head coach was Dennis Erickson, owner of a 179–96–1 record coaching college football and a 40–56 record coaching in the NFL.

On April 2, 2019, the league's football operations were reportedly suspended,[3][4] and on April 4 the league allowed players to leave their contracts to sign with NFL teams.[5] The league filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy on April 17, 2019.[6]

HistoryEdit

The Alliance Salt Lake City charter franchise was announced to play at Rice–Eccles Stadium by the Alliance of American Football on May 14, 2018.[7] Dennis Erickson was named by the league as head coach on May 16, 2018.[8] Randy Mueller was named general manager by September 25, 2018.[9]

The western four teams' names and logos were revealed on September 25, 2018, with Salt Lake as the Stallions with the colors of blue, deep sky blue and silver.[10] The name is inspired by the land speed records set at the Bonneville Salt Flats, while the colors represent aspects of Utah's geography like Great Salt Lake and the Wasatch Range.[11]

The final 52-man roster was set on January 30, 2019.[12] The team's first game was a 38–22 defeat to the Arizona Hotshots at Sun Devil Stadium on February 10, 2019.[13] Their first home game was on February 23, also against the Hotshots and ended in a 23–15 victory.[14]

Allocation poolEdit

The Stallions have designated rights to players from:[15]

Colleges

National Football League (NFL)

Canadian Football League (CFL)

MediaEdit

In addition to league-wide television coverage through NFL Network, CBS Sports Network, TNT, and B/R Live, Stallions' games were also broadcast on local radio by KALL, an ESPN Radio affiliate.[16]

ReferencesEdit

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  2. "AAF, Salt Lake Stallions are folding eight games into spring football league’s inaugural season". The Salt Lake Tribune. https://www.sltrib.com/sports/2019/04/02/aaf-salt-lake-stallions/. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  3. Kercheval, Ben (April 2, 2019). "AAF operations suspended, league's future in doubt after eight games of first season". https://www.cbssports.com/aaf/news/aaf-operations-reportedly-suspended-leagues-future-in-doubt-after-eight-games-of-first-season/. Retrieved 2019-04-02.
  4. "AAF to immediately suspend operations". April 2, 2019. http://www.espn.com/espn/story/_/id/26423928/source-aaf-immediately-suspend-operations. Retrieved April 2, 2019.
  5. Schwartz, Nick (April 4, 2019). "AAF star Keith Reaser becomes first player to sign NFL deal after league shutdown". USA Today. https://ftw.usatoday.com/2019/04/aaf-keith-reaser-kansas-city-chiefs. Retrieved April 4, 2019.
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  7. "Salt Lake City 4th city for new Alliance football league". The Salt Lake Tribune. https://www.sltrib.com/sports/2018/05/15/salt-lake-city-4th-city-for-new-alliance-football-league/. Retrieved July 29, 2018.
  8. Genessy, Jody (16 May 2018). "Dennis Erickson to coach Utah pro team in new Alliance of American Football" (in en). https://www.deseretnews.com/article/865698426/Dennis-Erickson-to-coach-Utah-pro-team-in-new-Alliance-of-American-Football.html. Retrieved 12 September 2018.
  9. "Utah’s new pro football team will be known as the Salt Lake Stallions". The Salt Lake Tribune. September 25, 2018. https://www.sltrib.com/sports/2018/09/25/utahs-new-pro-football/. Retrieved November 5, 2018.
  10. Benjamin, Cody (September 25, 2018). "LOOK: Here's a full list of team names and logos from the Alliance of American Football" (in en). CBSSports.com. https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/look-heres-a-full-list-of-team-names-and-logos-from-the-alliance-of-american-football/. Retrieved October 3, 2018.
  11. "Utah’s new pro football team will be known as the Salt Lake Stallions". The Salt Lake Tribune. September 25, 2018. https://www.sltrib.com/sports/2018/09/25/utahs-new-pro-football/. Retrieved December 4, 2018.
  12. "Salt Lake Stallions set final roster". Alliance of American Football. January 30, 2019. https://aaf.com/all-eight-alliance-teams-lock-final-roster-for-2019. Retrieved January 30, 2019.
  13. McManaman, Bob (February 10, 2019). "Hotshots shine in all facets to kick off AAF in Arizona with debut win over Stallions". The Arizona Republic. https://www.azcentral.com/story/sports/football/2019/02/10/alliance-american-football-arizona-hotshots-shine-debut-win-salt-lake-stallions/2834837002/. Retrieved February 11, 2019.
  14. "Alliance of American Football schedule released for Arizona Hotshots, other 7 teams" (in en). AZ Central (USA Today Network). October 16, 2018. https://www.azcentral.com/story/sports/football/2018/10/16/alliance-american-football-arizona-hotshots-2019-schedule/1658993002/. Retrieved November 8, 2018.
  15. Inabinett, Mark (July 12, 2018). "Alabama, Auburn players to go on Birmingham AAF team's assignment list". AL.com (Alabama Media Group). https://www.al.com/sports/index.ssf/2018/07/alabama_auburn_on_birminghams.html. Retrieved December 5, 2018.
  16. Contes, Brandon (January 31, 2019). "ESPN 700 Partnering with Salt Lake AAF Team". https://sportsradiopd.com/espn-700-partnering-with-salt-lake-aaf-team/. Retrieved March 16, 2019.

Further readingEdit

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