Alliance of American Football League shutdown

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Alliance of American Football League shutdown

Luke Willson, Staff Writer

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The Alliance of American Football League (AAF) was, until recently, a professional football league. Starting a few weeks after the National Football League (NFL) season ended this year, the AAF sought to complement the NFL, not compete with it. The AAF had eight teams: the Arizona Hotshots, Atlanta Legends, Birmingham Iron, Memphis Express, Orlando Apollos, Salt Lake Stallions, San Antonio Commanders, and San Diego Fleet. The league was planning on adding more teams from big cities, including Detroit. The teams would have had a ten week season and go on to the playoffs. With plenty of players, staff members, and were donors funding the league all across the country, the AAF was off to a promising start.

For the first eight weeks, the league was doing great. Profits were going up along with viewership. However, with the end of week eight came the end of the league itself. Tom Dundon, CEO for the AAF, decided to suspend all AAF operations. The shut down seems to be doing more harm than good, as this could cost investors thousands of dollars. Now, the league is being sued by dozens of players and employees, as the league didn’t give them advanced notice of the shutdown. In fact, just a week before the shutdown, league officials confirmed with everyone involved that the AAF was having a successful season.

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