The Alliance of American Football Needed a Week Two Bailout

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You watching the AAF?

It’s been pretty entertaining. Last night some dude threw a no-look, behind his head pass that actually resulted in a completion:

Problem with the AAF is that the league is already struggling financially, just two weeks into the season.

According to David Glenn at The Athletic, the league was dangerously close to not being able to pay its players:

…The league was running short on cash, and quickly. Without new investors, there was a good chance it was going to miss payroll last Friday.

On Tuesday, multiple sources told The Athletic, the AAF will announce that Carolina Hurricanes majority owner Tom Dundon, a self-made billionaire from Dallas, has become that nine-figure investor. Dundon will be introduced as the league’s new chairman after last week’s commitment of $250 million enabled the AAF to meet its obligations.

That’s a lot of money. A quarter of a billion dollars for a fledgling football league that might not even have long-term viability? Dundon is going to remain in his role with the Hurricanes but is now the de facto AAF king as well.

More on the payroll issue from Darren Rovell:

No word yet on week two AAF ratings, but the league did well in week one, with a CBS game beating a Rockets/Thunder game that was airing on ABC. I’d expect that to drop off, but I don’t think you can underestimate the demand for year-round football, and if the audience is there, Dundon might have made a smart investment here.

The AAF features eight teams across the country and includes a number of former Eagles, such as Greg Ward Jr., Dexter McDougle, DeVante Bausby, Ed Reynolds, and Josh Huff.

Check out Huff on this jawn:

Chip Kelly, that’s your boy.

Michael Vick is the Atlanta Legends’ offensive coordinator and most of the coaches are former NFL guys.

Should Philadelphia have an Alliance of American Football squad?

610-632-0975, we’ll take your phone calls after the break.

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9 Responses

  1. Jussie Smolett is a social justice hero. We thank you for your bravery in the war against hate. Some day we as a nation will legalize gay marriage and will allow blacks to participate in major government positions.

  2. Kyle gets investing advice from Jim Cramer.
    Jim Cramer thinks Domino’s Pizza is a tech company. Look it up.

    Time’s yours.

    1. Cramer is OK. But realize, if any of these CNBC talking heads were that good at what they did, they wouldn’t be giving the general public their ideas.

  3. Its too soon after the SuperBowl. I know the draft and FA looms to take the wind out of their sails, but two weeks after the Super Bowl is just too soon for me to even remotely care. Even if they got the old Head Ball Coach.

  4. The NFL and the other sports in the big 4 (at least in Philadelphia) are products that have built the loyalty of their fans through civic pride via an illusion that these teams represent the cities they play in. It’s a beautiful marketing strategy that passes down fandom from parent to child so easily that it’s borderline a turnkey operation generationally speaking. The AAF has none of that, so it will have to put on a quality product to keep people interested. Is it possible? I don’t think so. Most of their talent isn’t even going to be on the same level has an NFL practice squad player. That, plus the fact that they almost couldn’t even make their first payment to the players, I am not optimistic that the league will last long term.

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