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AAF on Verge of Collapse, To Suspend All Operations Soon - Report

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The Alliance of American Football is on life support, at least according to a report from NBC Sports’ Pro Football Talk.

“All @TheAAF football operations will be suspended in the next few hours,” the PFT Twitter account reported early Tuesday morning.

“League is not folding, yet,” the tweet said. “But it’s heading that way.”


For fans who had been enjoying the spring football league, this is unfortunate news.

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It’s not abundantly clear what has led to this rapid downward spiral for the once-promising league.

NFL reporter Benjamin Allbright tweeted that this is not a financial issue.

Tom Dundon, the AAF’s majority owner, said the league’s problem is its “inability to secure cooperation from the NFL Players’ Association to use young players from NFL rosters,” USA Today reported Wednesday.

However, PFT’s Mike Florio indicated the league ran out of money.

“Last night, a source told PFT that the AAF needed roughly $20 million to get to the end of its first season,” Florio wrote. “Instead, the season will end with two weeks left in the regular season, and with a four-team postseason that never comes to fruition.”

According to Rovell, Dundon’s $250 million investment in the league seems to have been a poor business decision, as he stands to lose $70 million.

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Dundon, who also owns the NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes, had reserved the right to withdraw his investment, according to PFT. There is obviously speculation that he has exercised that right.

Would you like to see the AAF continue?

If the AAF folds, it’s a sad fate for a league that came out of the gates with quite a bit of excitement.

“We feel really good about (the first week ratings) and that our theory that Americans want more football tends to be true,” AAF co-founder Charlie Ebersol told The Associated Press in February.

With the fate of the AAF very much in flux, questions have naturally arisen over the fate of another spring football league slated to debut next year: the rebooted XFL.


To that end, a separate PFT report should assuage some of those early concerns.

According to PFT, XFL founder and pro wrestling magnate Vince McMahon has sold $272 million worth of WWE stock to ensure that the XFL can survive for more than one season.

In fact, McMahon has said he’s willing to spend $500 million over the XFL’s first three seasons.

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Bryan Chai has written news and sports for The Western Journal for more than two years and has produced more than 1,300 stories. He specializes in the NBA and NFL as well as politics.
Bryan Chai has written news and sports for The Western Journal for more than two years and has produced more than 1,300 stories. He specializes in the NBA and NFL as well as politics. He graduated with a BA in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona. He is an avid fan of sports, video games, politics and debate.
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