After only eight of ten games, the Alliance of American Football now appears to be defunct.
The AAF has suspended all football operations, according to multiple media outlets. Majority owner Tom Dundon, the owner of the NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes, has decided to pull his funding, leaving the league without a financial backer. Per Darren Rovell, Dundon makes this decision against the wishes of co-founders Charlie Ebersol and Bill Polian.
The league was in jeopardy after just a few weeks of play. But Dundon stepped in and appeared to be the financial white knight the league was hoping for. Investing 250 million, Dundon seemed to have a vision for the league. That all ended today.
Out of Nowhere
In an interview on March 27 with USA Today, Dundon said that he was considering folding the league if the NFLPA would not work with him. This was a surprise statement, considering Dundon hopped on board with the league only six weeks prior. His demands to the NFL were unreasonable, and frankly impossible to achieve in six weeks’ time. Hence, the suspension of operations.
What Does it Mean?
The league is at a standstill at the moment. If there is not another financial backer, the AAF will likely fold. Interestingly, all hope is not lost. Ebersol and Polian are creative and passionate about the AAF. If there is a way to save the league, Ebersol will find it. It would be a real shame for the AAF to fold before its first season finishes.