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Death of the Alliance of American Football

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We are going to hear more of this in the next 24-48 hours.

 

I can only imagine if there would've been a Week 2 or 3 had Dundon not stepped in. 

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How in the fresh springtime :censored: did the AAF lose 11.6 million a week after Dundon had made his investment!!  70 million over 6 weeks. Can anybody with a straight face tell me that’s how much it costs a week to run a football league. Something is skewed here for sure. That’s mind boggling 

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Did the league ever make a championship trophy?

 

Well, it was a short ride.  Will kind of miss channel surfing to the NFL Network on the weekends and seeing the games.

 

Like some of the colour schemes, including the Hotshots in the green, yellow and orange.  Commanders red with burgundy was surprisingly not bad.  Really liked the Memphis Express helmets.

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54 minutes ago, GDAWG said:

 

 

Awful. Billionaires are going to kill us all.

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15 minutes ago, dfwabel said:

They were flown to San Antonio* for training camps by the league, then flown to their respective cities from the joint training camp(s).

 

*-Those not within driving distance.

I would say that's very nice of them, but not necessarily what I would expect for every similar instance. Would people expect the team/league to pay for the players' plane rides home at the end of the year if the whole season went off as planned?

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2 hours ago, neo_prankster said:

 

Yeah, but it's frustrating that nothing ever stays long enough to take the NFL down a peg or two. Something's gotta give!!!

 

CTE will do that eventually. 

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7 minutes ago, DG_Now said:

 

Awful. Billionaires are going to kill us all.

 

And that has to do with this how?

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34 minutes ago, Red Comet said:

And that has to do with this how?

 

Dundon is the very model of a vulture capitalist.  He bought the league not for its own sake, not because he believed in it or wanted it to survive, but so he could strip it of its valuable asset(s?) and walk away, leaving the employees and creditors high and dry.  Not to mention the fans.  Will he refund the balance of season ticket accounts, or force them to sue for whatever meager scraps they can scavenge?

 

He didn’t care about the AAF, only about getting his claws into its intellectual property. No matter what.

 

It’s almost a parody of amoral capitalism run amok.  Except it happened, as it too often does. 

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Per Rovell, XFL interested in some AAF assets...

 

 

 

 

mainly the equipment.

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So, who had the best record? Are they the "champions?"

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9 minutes ago, Quillz said:

So, who had the best record? Are they the "champions?"

Probably would be the Apollo’s. 7-1 ;)

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5 hours ago, Pauly said:

Well, that's a dang shame that the AAF would suspend operations 4 days before CBS was going to give the league free exposure for 3 hours. Are these guys running the league that dense that they underestimated cost and reaction to a minor league football in the spring? If Dundon lost $70 million in 7 weeks just Wow.

 

 

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A.A.F.: Absolutely Asinine Finances

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Here's one more account from Orlando.

 

 

Some teams were more frugal than others in terms of spending and accounts payable.

 

Which takes us back to February and this USA Today story.

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The league averaged 3.25 million viewers Saturday on CBS, better than an NBA game on ABC, according to Nielsen data. And besides, the league’s long-term business play isn’t even based on ticket sales and TV ratings, unlike traditional sports leagues. It’s instead based on sports gambling data and technology that is using football as its public storefront and laboratory.

 

"The real place where we make revenue is in the back-end technology and how it can be sold to other partners,” said Charlie Ebersol, co-founder of the AAF and a television producer. “A lot of what this business is about is being an iceberg. You see about 10 percent of what the company is above water publicly.”

 

He said various investors have bought into the parent company that includes the league and tech.

 

 

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2 hours ago, Gothamite said:

 

Dundon is the very model of a vulture capitalist.  He bought the league not for its own sake, not because he believed in it or wanted it to survive, but so he could strip it of its valuable asset(s?) and walk away, leaving the employees and creditors high and dry.  Not to mention the fans.  Will he refund the balance of season ticket accounts, or force them to sue for whatever meager scraps they can scavenge?

 

He didn’t care about the AAF, only about getting his claws into its intellectual property. No matter what.

 

It’s almost a parody of amoral capitalism run amok.  Except it happened, as it too often does. 

 Dundon is smart.  He wanted to run something to where he can do whatever he wants to and not have to answer to anybody like he does in the NHL and he got that in the AAF where he was the final decision maker.  In the NHL he has to adhere to 30 other owners and Gary Bettman.  In the AAF he can do whatever he wants and we've seen this now.   

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9 hours ago, neo_prankster said:

 

Nor does he seem to notice legit gripes about his league's officiating.

 

Seems more like he hypothetically told Saints fans to "get over it" after that playoff loss to the Rams.

 

The Saints had chances to win after that penalty.

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7 hours ago, Sykotyk said:

They're not in the US. I don't see the utility of calling them minor league football. There's leagues throughout Europe. Some teams are decently successful (Vienna Vikings, Bergamo Lions, London Olympians, Hamburg Blue Devils, etc. 

 

Might not be to the success of cfl, but if we're counting other countries, should count them all. 

 

CFL alumni have gone on to successful careers in the NFL though.

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2 hours ago, dfwabel said:

Per Rovell, XFL interested in some AAF assets...

 

 

 

 

mainly the equipment.

 

They're already called the Alliance. The invasion of the XFL is imminent. Steph, Shane, and Triple H will all present a challenger to the XFL crown. Unfortunately they'll only get the Express, Stallions, and Legends for this angle, but that's how things go.

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5 hours ago, Red Comet said:

 

April Fool's Day was yesterday and I'd rather stab my ears with an ice pick versus hearing Adam Archuleta again.

 

Adam Archuleta as in "led with his helmet on all of his tackles Adam Archuleta?"  Surprised he's capable of multisyllabic speech.

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