Steve Spurrier: We were led to believe AAF could play three years

AP

Legendary coach Steve Spurrier had his Orlando Apollos poised to win the Alliance of American Football’s first championship. That now won’t be happening, because the AAF has suspended operations en route to a seemingly inevitable dissolution of the league.

“Everybody wanted to play out the season and everybody is disappointed,” Spurrier said Tuesday, via Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel. “Everyone was led to believe that the Alliance was well funded and we could play three years without making any money and this, that and the other. Obviously, everything that was said was not very truthful.”

It wasn’t truthful, because the investor who saved the league’s bacon earlier in the inaugural (and only) season has exercise his prerogative to cook its goose.

“When the new owner came in, we thought we had financial backing and we’d be able to at least play out the season,” Spurrier said. “We never thought it would end like this.”

Few did, including those who founded the league. However, once the founders of the league handed the keys to Tom Dundon, they assumed the risk that he’d choose to park the car, permanently. And he apparently has.

20 responses to “Steve Spurrier: We were led to believe AAF could play three years

  1. What a shame. Last weeks games were very good. It has been nice watching Steve Spurrier coach again.

  2. So i keep hearing about the gambling App, and i know you posted about it when it launched MF, any inside details if the AAF owned it (most like why Dundon invested), or if it was just licensed through a 3rd party? with the legalized gambling this sounds like the old raider investor (see Sears)

  3. Tom Dundon bought the league thinking it would be backed by thr NFL. It didn’t happen and he’s out 70 million, and he doesn’t wanna pay out of his pockets to keep it going. An investment that didn’t work out.

  4. What a disgraceful act by an obvious underhanded person. Misrepresented intent that has impacted many ! Can’t believe Mr Polian didn’t see this coming as he lead others to believe the league had atleast 3 years of viability . The coaches and players involved deserve way better than this, the NFL could have assisted but chose to just watch.

  5. Can you be a “legendary coach” if you flame out as badly in the NFL as Spurrier did? I mean, Nick Saban comes to mind, but at least that guy built a college dynasty with multiple national titles. Spurrier had a couple good years at that level, but his good ol’ yokel routine was basically laughed out of Washington, by players and fans alike.

  6. And another one bites the dust. Spurrier should remember from his USFL days. All of these spring leagues have failed.

  7. There is no market for minor league football. Some of you on here enjoy it but the proof is in the pudding.

  8. This was cream puff from the beginning. I’m dumbfounded that anyone would think this thing would fly.
    There’s just way to much that goes into starting and growing the thing. You would need someone willing to lose a billion to really get it going.

  9. Well, when I’m wrong I admit it. In many stories over the past year I said this League won’t last 2 years. You all gave me Thumbs Down and you were right… it didn’t last a single one. LOL !!!

  10. “Everyone was led to believe that the Alliance was well funded and we could play three years without making any money and this, that and the other. Obviously, everything that was said was not very truthful.”

    Steve Spurrier learning just now owners treat coaches same way coaches treat players. That sure took a long time Steve.

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