Before we had the XFL, USFL, FCF and The Spring League; we had the Alliance of American Football (AAF). This was the first spring league in a long time that seemed to have some promise. Unfortunately, it fell to the same fate as many of it’s predecessors when the AAF folded just eight weeks into its inaugural season.
That’s not to say there wasn’t hope.
Charlie Ebersol and the AAF struggled early on, but were seemingly saved by Tom Dundon when it looked like he had put in enough money to keep the league afloat for their inaugural season. When Dundon came in, he came with a promise of major funding. But, when the writing was on the wall, Dundon pulled the plug on the league to save his wallet.
It’s been over two years since the AAF hit the field, but better late than never when it comes to over-due payments to players. If you played for the AAF, or know anyone who did, better check those inboxes. We hope everyone gets their just payments from the ordeal, but I would expect it will be less due to the way the settlements will rollout.
With the AAF dead and buried and the XFL working towards a 2023 relaunch, all eyes are now on FOX and the USFL. The new USFL should have the funding in order, and considering they’re owned by FOX; broadcasting should never be an issue.
The AAF was trying to beat the XFL to market, but in turn beat themselves in the process.
We’ll keep you posted as we learn more on the AAF bankruptcy.