SAN DIEGO (AP) – The Alliance of American Football has ended its first season prematurely and informed most employees that they can be terminated as of Wednesday. Employees were notified of your choice in a notice from the AAF plank on Tuesday afternoon. The board is majority owner Tom Dundon essentially, who also owns the NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes.
The abrupt end to the latest spring league after just eight weeks stunned co-founder Bill Polian, the previous NFL professional who built a Super Bowl winner with Indianapolis. Polian told The Associated Press by phone from Charlotte, North Carolina. The league got groups in Orlando, Atlanta, NORTH PARK, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, Birmingham and Memphis. Through Wednesday The notice said employees would be paid.
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The AAF seemed to have a better chance of surviving than other alternative leagues, such as the USFL and the global world Group, because of the sociable people and philosophies included. Polian and co-founder Charlie Ebersol, a television and film producer, envisioned it as a development league for the NFL with several rules tweaks made to speed up play and make it safer.
There were no kickoffs or PATs. Teams had to get a two-point conversion after touchdowns. Polian informed the AP. Although it obviously wasn’t NFL-caliber soccer, it was entertaining and helped fill up the post-Super Bowl void. Among the league’s coaches were Steve Spurrier, Dennis Erickson, Mike Martz and Mike Riley.
However, there were signals of trouble in a little league come up with in under one season. 250 million in the AAF after play started shortly. At the time, Ebersol said reports the Alliance was short on cash and needed a bailout from Dundon in order to make payroll were untrue.
He said the league had a specialized glitch in its payroll system that was fixed. The AAF aspired to be always a group for players with NFL expectations, but it might not reach agreement with the NFLPA to use players at the final end of NFL rosters. AP College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo in New York contributed to this statement. FILE – Within this Feb. 9, 2019, file image, Orlando Apollos trainer Steve Spurrier reacts after a play during the second half of the team’s Alliance of American Football game against the Atlanta Legends, in Orlando, Fla.