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Good Night, Sweet Prince: The AAF is done

The Alliance of American Football has suspended its football operations, only eight short weeks into its existence. It is not the official end to the start-up football league, but it looks to be the official end of the start-up football league.

Darren Rovell tells the story of what went wrong after Carolina Hurricanes owner Tom Dundon floated the league $250 million in February to keep it afloat:

While Dundon funded the league payroll, sources say he did not pay vendors worked with the AAF, many of whom are still looking for their money. It’s of debate what party — either Dundon or the first ownership group, which was diluted by Dundon’s investment — should foot the vendor bills.

When Dundon agreed to back the league, sources say he took unilateral control of the board, meaning any decision he wanted to make, including folding the league, was his to make. [Continue reading…]

Rather than putting it all on the finances, some blame the curse of Johnny Manziel, who made his AAF debut for the Memphis Express, nine days ago.

Former UK kicker and KSR podcast host Austin MacGinnis also played for Memphis. MacGinnis went a perfect 9-for-9 on field goals in his AAF career.

Steve Spurrier is the league’s all-time winningest coach with seven careers wins with the Orlando Apollos.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

8 Comments for Good Night, Sweet Prince: The AAF is done

  1. So will Superior and Austin be the only 2 members of the AAF HOF?



  2. RealCatsFan
    3:40 pm April 2, 2019 Permalink

    Now what is Spurrier going to do with all that time on his hands? I know – UK can hire him as OC! 😀



  3. Bill the Cat
    4:34 pm April 2, 2019 Permalink

    Pretty sure I watched Austin miss one vs Birmingham.



  4. satcheluk
    5:07 pm April 2, 2019 Permalink

    Austin did miss a kick.



  5. Gogh Big Bleu
    5:41 pm April 2, 2019 Permalink

    Our former WR coach, Lamar Thomas, is with the Salt Lake City team. Wonder what this means for him and where he’ll go next.



  6. nevsky41
    11:08 am April 3, 2019 Permalink

    Well, this bodes well for the upcoming XFL resurrection.



  7. joseph_daniel
    1:36 pm April 3, 2019 Permalink

    Yeah, only one I watched him kick was a miss. Manziel acted like he was frustrated when the kick missed.