​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. 

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).

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.