NHL owner saves the AAF

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A new generation of football almost died before it got old.

David Glenn of TheAthletic.com reports that Carolina Hurricanes owner Tom Dundon dumped $250 million into the Alliance of American Football last week in order to save the upstart operation from imploding after only one week.

Absent the nine-figure infusion, the AAF may have missed payroll last Friday.

And there were indeed payroll issues. An agent who represents multiple AAF players alerted PFT on Friday that some paychecks weren’t received. The AAF attributed the delay to an administrative glitch.

Dundon, per the report, will be introduced as the league’s new chairman. It’s unclear when that will occur.

It’s also unclear what Dundon’s ascension will mean for AAF CEO and co-founder Charlie Ebersol and AAF Head of Football and co-founder Bill Polian.

Glenn also reports that Raleigh eventually could have an AAF team, either through relocation of an existing team or expansion.

37 responses to “NHL owner saves the AAF

  1. I’m sure glad I dumped the NFL for this. That much ought to keep them afloat for another week or two.

    Seriously I can’t understand why anyone with a pair of neurons thought this would work.

  2. Since the NFL is in cahoots with the AAF here is what I think they should do. Assign all practice squad players from one division to one team. They have 8 teams. NFL has 8 divisions. Add players to fill out roster that if they prosper can only be signed by the teams in the division they represent. That would generate more interest from NFL fans and seem more like a farm system. Plus it would give football fans everywhere a team to root for in the new league.

  3. It’s admirable that these folks wanted to start their own league, but the reality is that professional sports are propped up financially by insane television deals. The AAF isn’t going to die because the product isn’t any good (although it’s not at the moment); It’s going to die because no one wants to invest heavily in it. $250 million sounds like a lot, but, in reality, it’s just clearing existing debt.

    By the end of the month this league won’t exist.

  4. Man already having payroll issues and not even a full 2 weeks in, this going at this rate then the league won’t even less a full season

  5. A BAD sign indeed !…how much time will that 250 million dollars buy ? Initial attendance has not been what the AAF had hoped for and usually a new venture starts strong and peters out soon thereafter, before it has it’s legs to grow. This capital venture will be one to keep an eye on.

  6. Which means at some point the NFL will want to own its own minor league and probably put the traditional draft to bed.

  7. if this league fails the main reason will be it’s too hard to watch the shows. the outlets are not easy to find like CBS Sports network etc. many cable cutters do not have TNT also. I wanted to watch, couldn’t see the games free.

  8. $250 million doesn’t get invested willy-nilly. This has been in the works for months. The timing was either intentional for old boy to see how the AAF did week one or a total coincidence.

  9. So you’re telling me that silver-spoon Charlie Ebersol needed someone to help him pay for his league?
    Not to be a hater, but I can’t stand guys who run off the coattails of their pops’ and then speak on things like they carved all of it out for themselves.

  10. Get your stuff together, guys. The NFL needs a developmental league, and “spring” football is welcome winter football for those of us living in the northlands.

  11. I said after week 1 that the league might fold before my comment gets posted. It won’t last more than a season. They have made so many dumb mistakes it is wonder how they ever got this far. You are starting a season for an outdoor sport in February!! How dumb is that? The public has just viewed the best teams and now you bring out players that couldn’t make the Bills or Cardinals squad? Start this in April or May where you it will be nice out and the public is craving football again.

  12. If the empty-stadium Express relocates from Memphis, Raleigh will have just as many wins as it does now. I think coaching caught Singletary with his pants down again.

  13. I got hammered here for predicting before the season even started, that the AAF maybe likely be one and done. I also predicted that the XFL will never take the field. Once the newness wore off and people came down from their Super Bowl withdrawal, they stop caring. Add to it that March madness is just around the corner and MLB spring training and the regular season will soon be upon us and it’s a recipe for apathy. AAF will limp through this season and then that will be it

  14. I live in Utah but the only way you can watch the Stallions this week is on a Bleacher report app, unless you have tickets to Rice-Eccles Stadium, which I don’t. I actually like the AAF but this is not a good sign as other posters have said.

  15. brickwilly says:
    February 19, 2019 at 6:55 am
    Since the NFL is in cahoots with the AAF here is what I think they should do. Assign all practice squad players from one division to one team. They have 8 teams. NFL has 8 divisions. Add players to fill out roster that if they prosper can only be signed by the teams in the division they represent. That would generate more interest from NFL fans and seem more like a farm system. Plus it would give football fans everywhere a team to root for in the new league.

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    They won’t be able to do this without renegotiating the CBA. 1) the AAF isn’t really in “cahoots” with the NFL. They want to become that way but the NFL isn’t invested at all other than taking their money to put them on their network. 2) If you are a team paying a player to be on your practice squad do you really want them risking injury in some other league? 3) You expect guys to go through a full season with the NFL and just go to the AAF the week after? So much wrong with this suggestion.

  16. Maybe the XFL will need to join with this leauge, as opposed to trying to kill each other off and wasting maybe possibly a billion dollars or more of multiple investors money.

  17. How’d you like to be the XFL pouring money into getting up and running knowing your first-to-market competitor is in this bad a shape 2 weeks in despite largely favorable reviews?

  18. They should’ve had the Championship Game in week 1…in case the league folded…they would’ve a champion. Biggest margin of difference, most points scored…whatever…but a short time of glory for at least one team…

  19. Watching the AAF on the NFL Network was watching low quality football in action. All these slower athletes and the noticeably worse play made it quite unwatchable. Who is this low quality league pandering to?

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