AAF to suspend operations

AAF to suspend operations

Though fans of the AAF and some media reacted to the league's folding on social media, few of the AAF's players other than Manziel spoke about the league. In the meantime, practices have been canceled.

"I am extremely disappointed to learn Tom Dundon has chose to suspend all football operations of the Alliance of American Football", Polian said in the statement. The NFLPA responded with concerns that the AAF could not insure players in the event of an injury, which could force them to not meet the requirements of their NFL contracts.

Dundon reportedly had put as much as $75 million of his total commitment in the league, but was funding it week-to-week, according to multiple news reports.

"Part of the league's original strategy was to use mobile gaming to drum up fan interest", Rovell writes. "Dundon makes decision against wishes of league co-founders Charlie Ebersol and Bill Polian", Rovell stated.

Sources say a conference call is scheduled between players and league leadership with more information on what the next step is.

"This alliance was originally started for players that are not in the National Football League", said Orlando Apollos Coach Steve Spurrier in an interview with 96.9 The Game.

It was not clear when the AAF would decide what to do next, but games are now scheduled to be played this coming Saturday and Sunday.

It is unclear how the league's suspension of football operations will impact the employees of the AAF. "It was a second chance for me and for those players. The football's gotten better, and that's a tremendous tribute to the coaches and players and GMs and front office staff and all the other people who have done a phenomenal job". "Regrettably, we will not have that opportunity".

"You got these guys who come in, you know they're not going to make the (NFL) team", AAF player relations vice president and investor Jared Allen said in May. And a lot of them will get opportunities, they've shown enough.

The AAF also had intriguing rule changes, including a miked-up replay official and eliminating kickoffs and extra points. "No lawsuit or anything else will get you your bread", the former Heisman Trophy victor wrote. At the time, the league insisted that the money wasn't a bailout, yet in hindsight that seems to have been untrue.

Dundon invested $250 million in the AAF shortly after play began.

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