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The San Antonio Commanders were a professional American football team based in San Antonio, Texas, and one of the charter members of the Alliance of American Football (AAF).[2] The league began play in February 2019. The team played its home games at the Alamodome.[2][3]

San Antonio Commanders
Current season
Established 2018
Folded 2019
Played in Alamodome
in San Antonio, Texas
San Antonio Commanders logo
League/conference affiliations
Alliance of American Football (2019)
  • Western Conference (2019)
Team colorsMaroon, red, silver & white
General managerDaryl Johnston[1]
Head coachMike Riley[1]
Team history
  • San Antonio Commanders (2019)
League championships (0)
Conference championships (0)
Division championships (0)
Home arena(s)

On April 2, 2019, the league's football operations were reportedly suspended,[4][5] and on April 4 the league allowed players to leave their contracts to sign with NFL teams.[6] The league filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy on April 17, 2019.[7] The league left debts of over $1.4 million to three local hotels and $200,000 to a catering business.[8]


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.[9][10] The western four teams' names and logos were revealed on September 25 with San Antonio as the Commanders.[11] 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.[12][13]

The final 52-man roster was set on January 30, 2019.[14] The team's first game was a 15–6 win at home against the San Diego Fleet on Saturday, February 9, 2019.[15]

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.[8]

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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.[17] 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.[18]


  1. ^ a b "Mike Riley named head coach of San Antonio pro football team". Retrieved June 21, 2018.
  2. ^ a b Bailey, W. Scott (June 20, 2018). "New pro football league to add San Antonio franchise". San Antonio Business Journal. Retrieved June 20, 2018.
  3. ^ Marquez, RJ. "San Antonio's newest pro football team to be introduced on..." Retrieved June 21, 2018.
  4. ^ Kercheval, Ben (April 2, 2019). "AAF operations suspended, league's future in doubt after eight games of first season". Retrieved April 2, 2019.
  5. ^ "AAF to immediately suspend operations". ESPN. April 2, 2019. Retrieved April 2, 2019.
  6. ^ Schwartz, Nick (April 4, 2019). "AAF star Keith Reaser becomes first player to sign NFL deal after league shutdown". USA Today. Retrieved April 4, 2019.
  7. ^ "AAF files for bankruptcy, officially closes down", USA Today, AP, April 17, 2019, retrieved April 17, 2019
  8. ^ a b Marquez, RJ (April 17, 2019). "San Antonio businesses at risk of losing big, AAF bankruptcy filings show". KSAT-TV. Retrieved April 20, 2019.
  9. ^ "San Antonio is 8th AAF franchise; Riley to coach". Retrieved June 21, 2018.
  10. ^ "San Antonio set to get Alliance of American Football team, but history is stacked against them". San Antonio Express-News. Retrieved June 21, 2018.
  11. ^ Benjamin, Cody (September 25, 2018). "LOOK: Here's a full list of team names and logos from the Alliance of American Football". Retrieved October 3, 2018.
  12. ^ Blietz, Lena (September 26, 2018). "New pro football team honor's San Antonio's military legacy". Spectrum News San Antonio. Retrieved December 4, 2018.
  13. ^ Yasin, Kareem (November 27, 2018). "The Alliance of American Football Unveils its Inaugural Uniforms". Alliance of American Football. Retrieved December 4, 2018.
  14. ^ "San Antonio Commanders set final roster". Alliance of American Football. January 30, 2019. Retrieved January 30, 2019.
  15. ^ "Alliance of American Football schedule released for Arizona Hotshots, other 7 teams". AZ Central. USA Today Network. October 16, 2018. Retrieved November 8, 2018.
  16. ^ Inabinett, Mark (July 12, 2018). "Alabama, Auburn players to go on Birmingham AAF team's assignment list". Alabama Media Group. Retrieved December 5, 2018.
  17. ^ "SAN ANTONIO COMMANDERS ANNOUNCE ESPN SAN ANTONIO 1250 AM/94.5 FM AS OFFICIAL RADIO PARTNER". ESPN San Antonio. KZDC Radio. January 7, 2019. Retrieved March 5, 2019.
  18. ^ "San Antonio Commanders Announce Sinclair Broadcast Group as Television Partner". January 24, 2019. Retrieved March 17, 2019.

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