AAF to suspend all football operations, ESPN reports

Elena Summers
April 3, 2019

PFT reports that the league hasn't folded but it "seems to be moving in that direction".

AAF majority owner Tom Dundon - who also owns the Carolina Hurricanes of the National Hockey League - told USA Today last week that the AAF could end up folding if it could not gain the ability to sign young NFL players by next season.

The league recently made news with the addition of former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback and first-round NFL Draft pick Johnny Manziel.

At the time, Ebersol said he viewed his business as "a tech company that owns a football league". "Regrettably, we will not have that opportunity".

The AAF is a first-year, eight-team professional football league that began play in February, one week after the 2019 Super Bowl.

The AAF has yet to release a statement on the future of the league or its suspension of operations. 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.

While the NFLPA did not have an official response to the lack of cooperation accusation, a players' union official told the publication that there are risks when it comes to lending active National Football League players to the AAF.

All of that said, some football was actually played.

The Alliance of American Football may end before capping off its inaugural season. I'm more disappointed for all the players that believe 'This is my chance to show people this, that and the other that I can play this game'.

10News has reached out to the league and Fleet for more information.

To put it simply: Regardless of his motives, Dundon is the reason the AAF appears to be folding.

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