Alliance of American Football suspending operations
The Alliance of American Football won’t make it all the way through its inaugural season.
The startup spring football league suspended all operations Tuesday with just a few weeks remaining in its first season, according to reports.
The decision apparently was up to Tom Dundon, the owner of the NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes who invested $250 million into the AAF earlier this year.
“I am extremely disappointed to learn Tom Dundon has decided to suspend all football operations of the Alliance of American Football,” Bill Polian, an AAF co-founder, said in a statement. “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.”
Players and coaches were reportedly informed of the decision Tuesday at 1 p.m. on a conference call.
A recent report indicated the AAF was in danger of folding if it did not receive support from the NFL Players’ Association. Some viewed the AAF as a potential spot for fringe NFL players to be sent for development.
Its most high-profile player, quarterback Johnny Manziel, only signed with the league two weeks ago.