Tom Dundon doesn’t own the AAF’s gambling technology

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There’s speculation that Tom Dundon bought the Alliance of American Football so that he could shut it down and walk away with the league’s next-level gambling technology, which placed sensors on players and delivered real-time movements to cell phones with a delay in the milliseconds. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, that speculation isn’t accurate.

Dundon doesn’t own that technology, and his investment in the AAF doesn’t give him the ability to abscond with it.

The ultimate explanation for Dundon’s decision is much simpler. As one source with knowledge of the dynamics explained it to PFT, Dundon signed on to kick the tires. Once he realized how expensive it was to own and operate a sports league, he initially tried to cut costs. But that resulted in a cutting of functionality.

He then pinned the league’s future to a deal with the NFL for permission to borrow its bottom-of-roster players. The NFL Players Association has received the bulk of the blame for the inability to strike a deal. The more logical position, however, is that the AAF wouldn’t have been significantly better off with low-level, largely no-name NFL players, and that the issue ultimately provided P.R. cover for Dundon having a basic, bottom-line-driven change of heart.

That change of heart won’t make him the owner of the gambling technology, which may become the thing for which the AAF is most remembered.

10 responses to “Tom Dundon doesn’t own the AAF’s gambling technology

  1. A league with 8 teams was going to be be the minor leagues for a 32 team league?
    Was the plan each division shared a team?

  2. Hold up how do u not know that running a whole league that doesn’t generate sufficient or any revenue was going to be an expensive undertaking smh. And then u pump 250m into that. Oh well lol.

  3. I was one who thought he valued the technology, given the NHL’s focus on implementing player/puck tracking for future gambling reasons. He is the owner of the Carolina Hurricanes.

    Whatever the reason, it’s too bad the Alliance didnt stick it out. You would think there’s enough players, agents, and NFL members who could pony up a million each to keep it afloat, apparently that wasnt an option.

  4. blaine428 says:
    April 3, 2019 at 1:30 pm
    Bring back the AAF!


    Second that, so I can watch it die again!

  5. Much easier to believe Dundon was an idiot rather than an evil genius. Even if the gambling tech was quite valuable, given how desperate the AAF was for cash they wouldn’t have had much choice but to license or outright sell it to Dundon had he made them an offer. Instead, he lost millions within a few weeks investing directly in the league itself.

  6. Either way, he is within his legal right to shut down a business that he feels isn’t viable. HOWEVER, ethically he made a minimum commitment to all of the players, coaches, employees and communities for at least one season of this league. Evil Genius or just overly stretched and debt-carrying entrepreneur…he should have stood by his commitment. Who knows, maybe the AAF algorithm and technology would have paid off for many down the road. We will never know.

  7. youd think the nfl itself would swoop in, fund the $20m to finsh the year, and then purchase the rights to the league, make it an official nfl minor league with nflpa approval, and thus own that tech talked about above.

  8. Feel bad for the fans that really got invested in this league….not going to feel bad for those who fall for it again when Vince opens his circus…It’s not going to work any better.

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