Reports Say AAF Could Be Folding
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – According to multiple reports, the Alliance of American Football could be folding as early as the end of the week.
USA Today reports that the Majority Owner of the AAF said that the league is in danger of folding without the help from the NFL Players Association.
AAF Chairman Tom Dundon told USA Today that the NFLPA is not cooperating with the league by refusing to allow young players in the NFL to play for the AAF.
Dundon said that he expects the AAF to make a decision on their future over the next two days.
The NFL has cited potential injury risk and violations of the collective bargaining agreement as some of their concerns.
The AAF allows unsigned NFL players, including practice squad players, are free to sign with the AAF at any time.
Dundon owns the Carolina Hurricanes of the NHL, who made a $250 million investment in the AAF in February, when they were in danger of not making payroll.
The start-up league is in it’s eighth week of the season and has 10 total weeks before four teams compete in the playoffs.
KSL’s Unrivaled on KSL Newsradio discussed the reports.
Utah’s AAF team, the Salt Lake Stallions released a statement to KSL Sports.
“We’re focused on our game with playoff implications as we host a heated division rival, the San Diego Fleet. So it’s just business as usual at this time.”
Team President Tyler Howell also made some comments to KSL Sports regarding the reports.
“I am hopeful and expect to be here with the Stallions next year and for years beyond.”
Mike Jones of USA Today said that the AAF is losing “tens of millions of dollars a week.”
KSL Sports has reached out to the AAF for a comment and has yet to receive a response.