Over the weekend, Birmingham Iron took on the Memphis Express, with Johnny Manziel making a couple of appearances during the 1st and second half. Along with thousands of others watching that game was rap legend Eminem.
At one point during the game, there was a scuffle involving Manziel that got Eminem to thinking, so he took to Twitter and asked the Alliance of American Football League to strongly consider letting players duke it out like the NHL.
Along with that tweet was a suggestion to give Detroit an AAF team.
Fast forward a few days later and now Detroit is a leading candidate to get an expansion team, league co-founder and CEO Charlie Ebersol told Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.
Ebersol said he’s had “really, really high-level initial conversations” with “a couple of different people,” including members of Eminem’s team and that they would most certainly welcome him to the AAF if he’s serious about being involved.
“We’re going to start discussions,” Ebersol said. “Obviously, we’d like to get through the end of the season and come up for air a little bit and assess our position, but if Marshall wanted to get involved in the league today, we would definitely make that happen very quickly.”
Ebersol also revealed he found inspiration in the track “Lose Yourself” while writing his business plan for the league.
“I mean, the idea that you only have one shot and you got to give everything you have, that’s literally what the Alliance is all about,” Ebersol added. “If I’d had the financial wherewithal I would have asked him to let me license that song for our theme song.”