Confusion spreads over the AAF’s ultimate fate

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With the Alliance of American Football suspending operations today, what’s next? At this point, no one knows.

The suspension of operations comes from majority owner Tom Dundon ceasing his funding of the league. But the league could continue (in theory), if the AAF finds someone else to step in and pay for the rest of the inaugural season. A source with knowledge of the situation told PFT on Monday night that the estimated investment necessary for the rest of the season would be $20 million.

For now, players under contract to the AAF remain under contract to the AAF, in the event that funding emerges and the season can be finished. At some point, however, those players will have to be released from their contracts — especially if they aren’t getting paid.

Players and non-players are confused and concerned by the situation, and rightfully so. As more clarity emerges, we’ll provide it here.

17 responses to “Confusion spreads over the AAF’s ultimate fate

  1. Well, Tom and Charlie and Bill sure had me fooled. I thought this was a league with leadership and staying power. What a waste. Glad I saved the 99-bucks I was gonna spend on a jersey.

  2. Don’t be confused, it is over. When funding is pulled and attendance as been abysmal you aren’t going to continue. The creators of this league had no idea what they where doing. It was obvious from day 1.

  3. The quality of the games was much better than what the NFL provides, but the USFL was the same, and it was likewise wrecked by an idiot with more money than sense. No wonder I’m so cynical.

  4. This is bizarre.

    Some have suggested elsewhere that the objective all along was to develop, test, and prove the viability of a few technologies; that’s where the real money is. The long term life of the league never was a concern.

    Looks like that suggestion may have some merit.

  5. Feel bad for the leagues players, especially those that got injured. Not only do they lose the income but now they also are likely coming out of pocket for injury related expenses the team/league would have covered

  6. So much for the players thinking they had a steady employment and a paycheck coming. Hopefully some guys get NFL tryouts after this disaster.

  7. BuckyBadger says:
    April 2, 2019 at 2:02 pm
    Don’t be confused, it is over. When funding is pulled and attendance as been abysmal you aren’t going to continue. The creators of this league had no idea what they where doing. It was obvious from day 1.
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    But…but…but…Bill Polian has never been wrong, just ask him

  8. As long as the NFL has something to say this type league will fail. To bad because it was entertaining plus you did not have to listen to announcers tell about how good they were and all the misfits that now take up the NFL

  9. There has to be something behind the scenes, that we aren’t privy to, causing this to happen. The ratings for CBS were encouraging, the attendance was not great but growing and merch sales were increasing. The product on the field was exciting. Hopefully someone steps in because I enjoyed tuning in and watching.

  10. I’m gonna take a guess that the Vanesch lawsuit holds some water and investors are making up whatever reason to bail. But who cares, Ebersol got paid right? Most likely had zero intention of this working out anyways.

  11. Michael Edits says:
    April 2, 2019 at 2:11 pm
    The quality of the games was much better than what the NFL provides

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    No way you could have watched this and thought that. Especially for someone who spends their spare time commenting on a site 99% dedicated to the NFL.

  12. Very disappointing. This was a fun league to watch. Pretty well officiated compared to the NFL. Sky Judge worked very well. Decent coaches and hungry players. And it is football during a time of year without football. Someone needs to jump in and save this thing. Of course you’re going to operate in a loss for awhile. Eventually this could succeed though.

  13. Why would they need to be “released from their contracts if they’re not getting paid”?

    Not getting paid is a breach of contract and results in their automatic release. N’es pas?

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