AAF to suspend all football operations, ESPN reports

Jalin Marshall is among 3 WRs the Patriots could target from the AAF

The USFL came the closest to making a go of it, but that was more than 30 years ago.

At the moment, it's unclear exactly what the reasoning behind the suspension of the AAF. I'd say that's a fair trade for yet another failed attempt at a professional football league.

Johnny Manziel spent enough time in the Alliance of American Football to form an opinion on its apparent demise.

The league was co-founded by Hall-of-Fame NFL executive Bill Polian and Charlie Ebersol - the son of Dick Ebersol, the legendary former chairman of NBC Sports. This makes sense to be different from the G-League in this regard.

Without the funds to continue the league will probably not make it past the end of its first season.

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

The downfall of the league happened quickly and it hasn't been pretty.




After recovering from a rocky start, it's sad to see the AAF is probably going to shutter. They were through eight weeks of league play.

It's not clear when, if ever, the AAF will be back up and running, however, if it does return, the league will face direct competition from the revival of Vince McMahon's XFL in 2020. With that said, the inevitable fold of the AAF is not necessarily a ticket to success for the XFL.

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.

Fans did enjoy the league, for the first week at least. Suggesting people are most hungry for football after the Super Bowl is like saying people must be most hungry after Thanksgiving dinner because we saw how much they like food.

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. "We are looking at our options, one of which is discontinuing the league". Reports had surfaced that AAF teams struggled to pay their players after the initial contests, though Dundon denied that the league was in danger of becoming insolvent. And while early ratings were impressive - the first two AAF games, broadcast by CBS on February 9, drew 3.25 million viewers, more than an National Basketball Association game airing on ABC at the same time - those numbers have declined as the season has progressed. There was also concern that the AAF could have become a drain on CFL coaching and management talent.

Now hundreds of players are out of work as well as coaches.

Some information taken from the Associated Press.

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