AAF to suspend operations

Johnny Manziel offers surprisingly sensible advice for fellow AAF players
Johnny Manziel offers surprisingly sensible advice for fellow AAF players
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03 April, 2019

As reports surfaced that the Alliance of American Football would suspend all league operations, its teams - and fans - were left in a state of limbo.

Last week, Dundon told USA Today that the league needed the help of the NFL Players Association and its permission to use NFL players.

Tom Dundon may have gutted the league of its technology, but he also lost a reported $70 million so far trying to keep it afloat. Tuesday's decision was reportedly made against the wishes of league co-founders Charlie Ebersol and Bill Polian.

Previously it was reported that former National Football League quarterback Colin Kaepernick demanded $20 million to play in the AAF, which ultimately passed on the controversial civil rights figure. They had hopes of serving as the NFL's minor league system, but that obviously will not happen, so Dundon is taking his ball and going home.

Despite adding legendary coaches and notable players like Johnny Manziel to its roster, it sounds like the AAF won't make it to a second season.

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Problems, however, popped up surrounding the nascent league that was trying to be a complement to the NFL.

Pro Football Talk was the first to report the news, with ESPN's Darren Rovell confirming shortly after, that the league will suspend activities. "We are looking at our options, one of which is discontinuing the league".

The league got a public relations boost late last month, when former Heisman Trophy victor Johnny Manziel got released from his Canadian Football League team and signed on with the AAF's Memphis Express.

If this is the end of the AAF, then it won't have lasted even as long as the original XFL did which was one season.

The AAF was launched by Charlie Ebersol, the son of longtime network executive Dick Ebersol, a year ago and is now in the midst of its inaugural 10-week season.


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