AAF and the Orlando Apollos will suspend operations, reports say

Reports: Alliance of American Football to suspend operations immediately

Just eight weeks into its inaugural season, the Alliance of American Football suspended operations Tuesday, league co-founder Bill Polian confirmed.

The AAF is folding before it even completed one full season after chairman and majority owner Tom Dundon pulled the plug on league operations Tuesday.

Many have speculated joining the Alliance of American Football was Johnny Manziel's final shot at returning to the NFL, where he flamed out with the Cleveland Browns after just two seasons with the team. Dundon did not respond to a request for comment.

After recovering from a rocky start, it's sad to see the AAF is probably going to shutter.

So the league isn't completely dead, but there won't be any games played for a while. First and foremost a development league for players, the AAF desperately wants a partnership with the NFLPA.

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The AAF has officially chose to suspend play for the remainder of the 2019 season. The AAF offered players three-year contracts for $70,000, $80,000 and $100,000 (U.S.), far more than virtually any CFL player earns during his first three years in the league. Ebersol and Polian expected a multi-year process to develop the league into a working feeder system for the NFL, but Dundon has wanted that process to be more swift.

If the AAF folds, that could present an opportunity for the reincarnation of Vince McMahon's XFL. The season will not compete directly will the National Football League and will instead be played in the late winter and spring. It's possible that things get revived if the league adjusts its business plan or gets the partnership with the NFL they were seeking. Dundon has reportedly spent $70M, primarily on player's salaries. Payments were delayed, which, according to one source, was due to a shift in payroll companies (others speculated that the league was running out of funds).

Spring is where professional football leagues come to die. The status of the league's tech investments remains up in the air. The league worked out TV deals with CBS, TNT and the NFL Network.

In Arizona, the AAF debuted on February 10 as the Arizona Hotshots beat the Salt Lake Stallions at Sun Devil Stadium. As the Chiefs look to round out their 90-man offseason roster, they should look to add a few of these players to the team.

Steve Spurrier, who coached the Orlando Apollos, reminded reporters that his team was 7-1 and led the league in winning percentage.

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