AAF suspends operations after just eight weeks

May JohnsonApr 05, 2019

The Alliance was able to set up a flawless schedule which fulfills the void of no football between the Super Bowl and spring practices for college programs but it has struggled to stay afloat financially. That's exactly the same place the AAF has come to rest.

If you're one of those folks, look at it this way - at least you weren't playing in the league. He had a cup of coffee in the Canadian Football League.

The so-called feeder league for the NFL was founded by television producer Charlie Ebersol and former NFL executive Bill Polian past year and had strong TV ratings out of the gate. The hope from the onset of the AAF was that it would serve as a developmental league for the NFL. After less than one season and only eight weeks of games, the league has already been dismantled.

In other words, the AAF wasn't everything it claimed to be.

Ebersol and Polian had always thought of the AAF as a tech startup, an entity to be built from the ground up that would require as much as $300 million in seed money as it developed.

The AAF is no more.

He said the league had plans to spend around $500 million to $750 million over the first five years to get it off the ground.

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How this is going to be any different than any other failed attempt at spring football is hard to fathom, especially when most people seemed to think the AAF had a much better shot than the XFL of making things work. And building a new pro-sports league requires a long, long, long-term investment, no matter how high-profile its leadership or how excited local fans appear.

While it clearly wasn't NFL-caliber football, it was entertaining and helped fill the post-Super Bowl void. However, he and the XFL did briefly enjoy notoriety for the league's physical style and colorful players. But the truth is that even for a lot of people who love football, by the start of February they've had enough. A big part of why we love the National Football League so much is because we know all the names.

However, "Johnny Football" wasn't quite done just yet.

Once news hit Tuesday that the league would fold, Manziel went to social media and warned players that "the last check you got will be the last one that you get".

Spurrier believes that some AAF players will get a shot at the NFL.

"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.

The AAF was launched by Charlie Ebersol, the son of longtime network executive Dick Ebersol, a year ago and is now in the midst of its inaugural 10-week season.

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