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AAF Reportedly Added Insult to Injury for Players After Shutting Down League

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The Alliance of American Football, which suspended operations Tuesday, reportedly added insult to injury for the players who are now out of work.

According to Sports Illustrated’s Robert Klemko, the teams were making players pay for their own flights home.

“What a clown show this was,” Klemko tweeted.

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Players had been gearing up for Week 9 action when the league suspended operations.

Not only that, but Darren Rovell of The Action Network reported that AAF contracts were immediately terminated and there was no severance pay.

“Last paycheck was for last week’s game,” Rovell tweeted Wednesday.

According to Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer, the league sent a memo to all teams on Tuesday that said: “For all the employees whom we do not contact individually to discuss an ongoing role or alternative arrangements, your employment termination date is effective Wednesday, April 3, 2019, and you will be paid through this date. We are extraordinarily appreciative for all your effort.”

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Quarterback Johnny Manziel signed a contract with the Memphis Express a little over two weeks ago. Now he’s out of a job once again.

It’s a sad footnote to the end of a league that showed initial promise.

Are you disappointed that the AAF ended before finishing its first season?

Former NFL executive Bill Polian, who co-founded the league, expressed his extreme disappointment with majority owner Tom Dundon’s decision to suspend operations.

“I am extremely disappointed to learn Tom Dundon has decided to suspend all football operations of the Alliance of American Football,” Polian said in a statement, per Rovell. “When Mr. Dundon took over, it was the belief of my co-founder, Charlie Ebersol, and myself that we would finish the season, pay our creditors, and make the necessary adjustments to move forward in a manner that made economic sense for all.

“The momentum generated by our players, coaches and football staff had us well positioned for future success. Regrettably, we will not have that opportunity.”

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Dave is a lifelong sports fan who has been writing for The Wildcard since 2017. He has been a writer for more than 20 years for a variety of publications.
Dave has been writing about sports for The Wildcard since 2017. He's been a reporter and editor for over 20 years, covering everything from sports to financial news. In addition to writing for The Wildcard, Dave has covered mutual funds for Pensions and Investments, meetings and conventions, money market funds, personal finance, associations, and he currently covers financial regulations and the energy sector for Macallan Communications. He has won awards for both news and sports reporting.
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