Why the AAF's future could be in serious jeopardy


Despite having a respectable following after the initial debut of the new league, the Alliance of American Football's inaugural season may be it's last, according to the league's primary investor.

The AAF has been unable to secure an agreement with the NFL Players' Association to use young players from the 32 NFL Teams as a "developmental" league. 

Tom Dundon, the majority investor of the AAF, told USA Today that the lack of a source of young talent constantly being added to the league could be the downfall of the league. Dundon, the owner of the NHL's Carolina Hurricanes, invested $250 million in the AAF in Februrary, becoming the new chairman of the league. 

According to the Athletic, the AAF was in danger of missing payroll prior to Dundon's investment. 

The AAF was erected as its own entity. Co-founder Charlie Ebersol partnered with Pro Football Hall of Fame executive Bill Polian to create a league that would showcase talents from outside the NFL, players on the bubble, players trying to prolong their professional careers or potentially use the league as a springboard to get back on the NFL's radar.

ESPN's Jeremy Fowler spoke with Polian in August of 2018 about his vision for his new project.

"Our objective is to take some of those people who can't quite make it and make them into quality NFL players," Polian said.

The league was not created as a farm system for the NFL, but another venue for players on the outskirts of the NFL to exude their talents.

A players' union told USA Today that they had "serious concerns" about linking the two leagues and having players move between the two.

The risk of injury in professional football is greater than in professional basketball, such as the NBA which has the G-League, and the MLB, which uses a farm system to develop talent.


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