Alliance of American Football Suspends Operations

Alliance of American Football Suspends Operations
BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA - MARCH 03: A detail of an Alliance of American Football logo before a game between the San Antonio Commanders and the Birmingham Iron at Legion Field on March 03, 2019 in Birmingham, Alabama. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/AAF/Getty Images)

Just 52 days after kickoff of the inaugural season, the Alliance of American Football may be done for. The league will suspend football operations indefinitely.

The End of the AAF

The AAF kicked off in early February with overwhelming support from football fans nation-wide, with the first game bringing in 3.25 million viewers on CBS. Things seemed to be going just fine for a whole two weeks. It was then reported that the league needed a $250 million bailout from Carolina Hurricanes majority owner Tom Dundon just to make payroll.

Though things seemed bleak for the league for a time, this investment breathed new life into the AAF. The fact that a big-name executive was willing to put that much money into it led many to believe that everything would be fine. Then, the news broke.

Dundon claimed the league needed serious help from the NFL if they were to survive. He said that the AAF needed young, developmental players from the NFL if it wanted to continue operations. Though some reports remained hopeful for the league, Dundon said that if the NFL did not cooperate, he would consider folding the AAF altogether.

On April 2, he did just that.

Dundon was reportedly funding the league on a week-to-week basis, spending nearly $70 million in the process before shutting things down.

With details still unfolding, it is unclear what exactly will happen to the league from here. Currently, it seems there are more questions than answers.

It is unknown at this time if this is a permanent or temporary shutdown. The league itself has not released a statement on the news but suspending operations with two games left in the inaugural season seems far from a positive sign that there is any life left.

This story is ongoing.

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