An inability to strike a deal with the NFLPA appears to be part of the reason the league is ceasing operations for now, according to the reports, and Rovell also suggests that Dundon bought a stake in the league not only to run it but also to access some of its technology.
After the league's first two weeks, Dundon provided a $250 million commitment to the league and was named the league's new chairman amid reports it might miss payroll. League co-founders Charlie Ebersol and Bill Polian disagree with Dundon's decision, but without his investment the league can not continue.
The AAF and the eight-team league with clubs located in Arizona, San Antonio, Salt Lake City, San Diego, Memphis, Atlanta, Orlando and Birmingham only reached Week Eight of the regular season before collapsing after less than one year.
A person with knowledge of the decision tells The Associated Press the eight-team spring football league is not folding, but games will not be played this weekend.
Previously it was reported that former National Football League quarterback Colin Kaepernick demanded $20 million to play in the AAF, which ultimately passed on the controversial civil rights figure. And a lot of them will get opportunities. If this was meant to be a negotiating tactic, it was a truly freaky one, given that neither Dundon nor the AAF enjoyed any leverage over the hegemonic National Football League.
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Engel of NY , who chairs the House Foreign Affairs Committee. "We will be engaging Congress as part of this process", said a State Department spokesperson.
The de facto owner of the AAF, Dundon swooped in with his investment proposition after the league's very first round of games.
Employees were notified of the decision in a letter from the AAF board on Tuesday afternoon. According to Florio, the league needed $20 million to get through the end of the season. Due to the NFL's tax status and other legal mumbo-jumbo, the NFL could not summarily embrace the start-up because it would in essence owe itself to do the same with any start-up league and that would create problems for the tax relief and financial breaks the league is awarded with anti-trust laws.
"No lawsuit or anything else will get you your bread".
However, there were signs of trouble in a league put together in less than one year.
Manziel said in another tweet: "Just the reality of this unfortunate situation. great concept, good football on the field and fun for fans to watch". He recently announced that they are opening up two spots in the upcoming April tryouts for AAF players.
Such an opportunity could come knocking for some of Spurrier's players, such as wide receiver Charles Johnson, who has led the AAF in receiving from the start.