Well, that was quick.
After just about half a season, it looks like the AAF may be coming to an end. According to Darren Rovell, the AAF will suspend football operations Tuesday and for the foreseeable future. Unless the league can come up with a monstrous chunk of money in a short period of time (or the NFL partners with the league), the AAF will be no more.
Sources: The AAF will suspend all football operations today. New owner Tom Dundon will lose approximately $70 million on his investment. Dundon makes decision against wishes of league co-founders Charlie Ebersol and Bill Polian.— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) April 2, 2019
Tom Dundon, the owner of the NHL's Carolina Hurricanes, effectively bought a majority stake in the league back in February.
As the weeks progressed, it became clear that Dundon and the co-founders of the league, Bill Polian and Charlie Ebersol, had different objectives for the AAF. Polian and Ebersol had a three-year plan that would see the AFF become a standalone league that could prosper on its own without the help of the NFL. Once the AAF could prove that, Polian and Ebersol would allow the league to become a farm system for the NFL.
Dundon had different plans. He wanted to make the AAF a farm system for the NFL right away, and he planed to leverage the folding AAF to get a deal done with the NFL Players Association (and this is not to mention the rumors he wanted a piece of the technology they owned).
Prevailing thought that AAF owner Tom Dundon shut down the league to strip it of its assets, mainly the tech piece, is interesting, but sources say it would likely be illegal https://t.co/UTvHbKsAZ5— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) April 2, 2019
It's disappointing that this promising new football league is going to be taken away from us so soon. The idea of having a farm system where NFL practice squad players and free agents could showcase their talent was appealing to a lot of football fans. But right now, the future of the AAF is very, very bleak.
And it cost $70 million to get to this disaster.
Maybe when the XFL comes back around in 202,0 it'll do what the AAF couldn't: give us that NFL minor league we all crave.