AAF to suspend all football operations, ESPN reports

Nick Folk

Nick Folk

Orlando Apollos coach Steve Spurrier had the league's best record before the Alliance of American Football suspended operations eight games into its first season.

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.

Here is the text of the note sent to league employees announcing the suspension. Dundon did not respond to a request for comment. The players had to be happy when they were up in the air since they didn't receive a team dinner the night before games. They were through eight weeks of league play.

As of right now, it is unlikely many from the AAF sees significant snaps in the NFL.

The de facto owner of the AAF, Dundon swooped in with his investment proposition after the league's very first round of games.

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The league was co-founded by Hall-of-Fame NFL executive Bill Polian and Charlie Ebersol - the son of Dick Ebersol, the legendary former chairman of NBC Sports. Ebersol and Polian understand this, but Dundon doesn't. 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.

The AAF, which had a broadcasting deal with CBS, is in Week 9 of its 10-week regular season. The AAF sought to become a developmental league for the NFL, but union representatives pushed back on the proposal, citing concerns about labor agreements and player health. Dundon has reportedly spent $70M, primarily on player's salaries. However, the league continues to find itself on the wrong side of the headlines. If this was meant to be a negotiating tactic, it was a truly freakish one, given that neither Dundon nor the AAF enjoyed any leverage over the hegemonic National Football League.

Sources told PFT on Monday night that the AAF needed about $20 million to survive its first season.

The AAF debuted in February to encouraging television ratings. There are apparently at least five leagues operating now.

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