|San Antonio Commanders|
Played in Alamodome
in San Antonio, Texas
|Alliance of American Football (2019)
|Team colors||Maroon, red, silver & white|
|General manager||Daryl Johnston|
|Head coach||Mike Riley|
|League championships (0)|
|Conference championships (0)|
|Division championships (0)|
The San Antonio Commanders were a professional American football franchise based in San Antonio, Texas, and one of the eight members of the Alliance of American Football (AAF). The league began play in February 2019. The team played their home games at the Alamodome. The team was led by head coach Mike Riley.
On April 2, 2019, the league's football operations were reportedly suspended, and on April 4 the league allowed players to leave their contracts to sign with NFL teams. The league filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy on April 17, 2019. The league left debts of over $1.4 million to three local hotels and $200,000 to a catering business.
The Alliance San Antonio charter team of the Alliance of American Football spring league was announced on June 21, 2018. Also, the league announced former San Diego Chargers coach Mike Riley as head coach and former Dallas Cowboys fullback Daryl Johnston serves as General Manager of the team. The western four teams' names and logos were revealed on September 25 with San Antonio as the Commanders. The name is a tribute to San Antonio's military history, with maroon and silver representing the city and the small swords carried by military officers, respectively.
The Commanders, who drew an average of approximately 27,720 fans to each home game, were by far the best-attended team in the AAF.
The league was suspended on April 2, 2019, with about 20 minutes left in the Commanders' practice. "It ended in the blink of an eye. Like that," Riley said later.
The team's assigned area, which designated player rights, included the following:
|2019 San Antonio Commanders season|
|Head coach||Mike Riley|
|General manager||Daryl Johnston|
|League place||1st (tie), Western Conference|
2019 Alliance of American Football standings
|(x) – Orlando Apollos||7–1||.875||5–0||236||136||100||.406||.375||W2|
|(x) – Birmingham Iron||5–3||.625||3–2||165||133||32||.406||.300||W1|
|(e) – Memphis Express||2–6||.250||1–4||152||194||-42||.578||.500||L1|
|(e) – Atlanta Legends||2–6||.250||1–4||88||213||-125||.609||.438||L3|
|San Antonio Commanders||5–3||.625||3–2||158||154||4||.516||.450||L1|
|San Diego Fleet||3–5||.375||2–3||158||161||-3||.469||.417||L3|
|Salt Lake Stallions||3–5||.375||2–3||135||143||-8||.547||.417||W1|
|(x)–clinched playoff berth; (e)–eliminated from playoff contention|
|–||Monday||January 28||Atlanta Legends||W 37–11||Alamodome|
All times Central
|1||Saturday||February 9||7:00 p.m.||CBS||San Diego Fleet||W 15–6||1–0||Alamodome||27,857|
|2||Sunday||February 17||3:00 p.m.||CBSSN||Orlando Apollos||L 29–37||1–1||Alamodome||29,176|
|3||Sunday||February 24||7:00 p.m.||NFLN||at San Diego Fleet||L 11–31||1–2||SDCCU Stadium||14,789|
|4||Sunday||March 3||3:00 p.m.||CBSSN||at Birmingham Iron||W 12–11||2–2||Legion Field||6,539|
|5||Sunday||March 10||7:00 p.m.||NFLN||at Arizona Hotshots||W 29–25||3–2||Sun Devil Stadium||9,351|
|6||Sunday||March 17||3:00 p.m.||CBSSN||at Atlanta Legends||W 37–6||4–2||Georgia State Stadium||10,619|
|7||Saturday||March 23||7:00 p.m.||NFLN||Salt Lake Stallions||W 19–15||5–2||Alamodome||30,345|
|8||Sunday||March 31||7:00 p.m.||NFLN||Arizona Hotshots||L 6–23||5–3||Alamodome||23,504|
|9||Saturday||April 6||11:00 a.m.||CBS
|Memphis Express||Not played||Alamodome|
|10||Friday||April 12||7:00 p.m.||B/R Live
|at Salt Lake Stallions||Rice–Eccles Stadium|
Week 1: San Diego
With the win, the Commanders started 1–0.
Week 2: Orlando
First loss in Commanders history. San Antonio fell to 1-1.
Week 3: at San Diego
First time in Commanders history with consecutive losses. Commanders drop to 1-2.
Week 4: at Birmingham
First road win in Commanders history. Commanders improve to 2-2.
Week 5: at Arizona
First time in Commanders history with consecutive wins. Commanders improve to 3-2.
Week 6: at Atlanta
Commanders improve to 4-2.
Week 7: Salt Lake
Commanders improve to 5-2. Also, this game marks the first time in league history that single game attendance was above 30,000.
Week 8: Arizona
In addition to league-wide television coverage through NFL Network, CBS Sports Network, TNT, and B/R Live, Commanders' games were also broadcast on local radio by KZDC, an ESPN Radio affiliate. The team also had a television agreement with local station KMYS of the Sinclair Broadcast Group to carry all Commanders' games that were not broadcast nationally.
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