Posted on April 2, 2019
By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter
Well, it was fun while it lasted. After kicking off on February 9 of this year, the Alliance of American Football suspended operations just a few weeks away from the start of playoffs.
First there were reports that the AAF had already ran out of cash before the end of the second week. After Co-Founder Charlie Ebersol denied that, the league announced that Carolina Hurricanes majority owner Tom Dundon “commited $250 million to the AAF, and became the league’s ‘control owner’ and chairman.” Then we saw the AAF move their inaugural championship game from Las Vegas to the Dallas Cowboys’ practice facility in Frisco, TX. And of course, just last week, Dundon warned the world that the league may fold because they weren’t getting enough support from the NFLPA.
Despite what you might very easily believe, we aren’t completely against the idea of the AAF. We love the idea of more eyeballs on the sport of American football, and they really were just wishful feeder program for the NFL. And because we are for the most part nice human beings, we don’t actually root for people’s dreams to fail.
The major problem was that there wasn’t anything they were putting out that made them revolutionary and they weren’t changing the sport of football as you know it. They weren’t reimagining the game for the digital consumer and providing fans an opportunity to engage in a way that’s never been done before. Basically, they weren’t the FCFL.
Time to sound off fans – did you see this coming?