AAF suspends operations after just 8 weeks

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The Alliance of American Football appears to be struggling mightily in its inaugural season, and it is possible there will be no games played in the league for the remainder of 2019 and beyond.

The eight-team league is not folding, but games will not be played this weekend.

Over the past two weeks, though, reports surfaced of the league trying to work with the NFL Players Association on allowing practice squad players with futures contracts to participate in the AAF.

In his statement Tuesday, Polian said he'll do "all I can" to help the league's players do that.

Dundon's desire was to create a partnership with the NFLPA to use young players from National Football League rosters to fill AAF rosters. CBS, the NFL Network and Turner Sports' B/R Live streaming service had carried games since the league opened its doors in February, but ratings had been soft and the AAF faced a host of other operational issues.

The news comes a few weeks after the league was bailed out by a $250 million investment by Carolina Hurricanes owner Tom Dundon.

While the league sought to become a developmental league for younger players, it was also a place where players like former Browns draft picks Trent Richardson and Johnny Manziel went looking for a second or third chance at reviving their careers.

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Arizona Hotshots quarterback John Wolford throws down field against the Salt Lake Stallions in the first half during an AAF football game Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019, in Tempe, Ariz. "We're 7-1 and the next teams are 5-3". If the National Football League is curious about how a rule might affect the game, they could have the AAF test it before doing it themselves. He also claimed a victory, of sorts.

Manziel signed with the Express last week after being released by the CFL's Montreal Alouettes.

Shortly after Dundon's financial involvement, the AAF scoffed at the idea that the money was needed to keep the league alive.

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.

Dundon's apparent decision to effictively shutter the AAF leaves 416 players and thousands of fans holding the short end of the stick, although ticket holders in Orlando must be particularly aggrieved by the sudden turn of events.

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