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.