AAF shutting down, won't make it through first football season

Reports AAF to suspend operations	 	 	 			Logo Courtesy of the AAF

With the league suspending play on Monday with the possibility of dissolution, he warned fellow players about their money.

"I sincerely regret that many that believed in this project will see their hopes and efforts unrewarded", said Polian, a former National Football League executive who built a Super Bowl victor in Indianapolis.

Dundon, who also owns the NHL's Carolina Hurricanes, invested $250 million into the new league in February, which helped the AAF avoid a payroll shortage prior to the second round of games, according to a report in The Athletic at the time.

Of course, there probably aren't a ton of AAF players that will get heavy interest from National Football League franchises, but there should be some that sign on practice squads and get invites to training camp. The biggest story surrounding the XFL is whether or not they can get college players to bypass years in college to play for them.

Ebersol pitched the AAF in Arizona as an offseason football league to satisfy fans of the sport and hoped it would come with interactive in-game enhancements to satisfy fantasy football fans. This didn't sit well with the league's founders, Polian and Charlie Ebersol, finally leading to the season cancellation. The league suspended operations after eight weeks of games.

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But his investment in this developmental league has gone by the wayside, as have the jobs of 450 AAF players, 100 coaches and employees of the league's office.

According to a report from ProFootballTalk, the remainder of the AAF season would cost $20 million.

An anonymous source in the NFL players union told USA Today last week that allowing NFL players to compete in the AAF went against the pro league's collective bargaining agreement. The AAF offered players three-year contracts for $70,000, $80,000 and $100,000 (U.S.), far more than virtually any CFL player earns during his first three years in the league. In overtime, each team will get a possession from the 10-yard line and have four plays to score and must go for two, field goals are not permitted in OT. But then the league ran into the same problems football alternatives always do in lacking the money to continue. "It's the only choice at this point unless something drastic happens".

Robinson's plight, and those of his fellow former AAF players underscore the financial struggles that the woebegone league faced and also showed just how unprepared the organization was that it needed players to use personal credit cards even for incidentals charged during their stay. Polian said the league was set up as a minor league system to send players to the NFL.

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