Alliance of American Football suspending operations, reports say
- Author: Steve Townsend Apr 03, 2019,
Apr 03, 2019, 0:40
The AAF is a first-year, eight-team professional football league that began play in February, one week after the 2019 Super Bowl. Tom Dundon, the owner of the Carolina Hurricanes who invested $250 million earlier this year to become the primary owner of the league, made the decision and will lose a significant amount of his investment in the process.
The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because league officials were still working through details of the suspension.
It shouldn't come as too much of a shock, given majority owner Tom Dundon said last week that the league would likely have to fold if they didn't start to get some notable young players from the NFLPA. According to national business reporter Darren Rovell of Action Network, Dundon has already dumped $70 million into the league before deciding to pull the plug.
"If you're an AAF player and the league does dissolve". The hope, Polian said, was that the league would send players to the NFL.
Regardless of all the chatter about fans wanting football in the spring, we continue to wait for a secondary pro league to succeed in America.
Despite adding legendary coaches and notable players like Johnny Manziel to its roster, it sounds like the AAF won't make it to a second season.
That means the eight-team league, including Utah's franchise, the Salt Lake Stallions, will not finish out their inaugural season.
The AAF features several former notable National Football League players like Johnny Manziel, Trent Richardson and Will Hill.
The AAF was launched by Charlie Ebersol, the son of longtime network executive Dick Ebersol, a year ago and is now in the midst of its inaugural 10-week season.
The XFL will launch is scheduled to relaunch in 2020.