Spurrier ‘feels bad for players’ of suspended Alliance of American Football

Spurrier ‘feels bad for players’ of suspended Alliance of American Football

Spurrier ‘feels bad for players’ of suspended Alliance of American Football

On Tuesday, multiple outlets reported the league would suspend all football operations later in the day, with the expectation that the league will fold not too long after.

The news comes less than a week after AAF majority owner Tom Dundon told USA Today that the NFL Players' Association's lack of cooperation in allowing the upstart league to use NFL players put the unaffiliated minor league in danger of folding. His statement said he and Ebersol thought Dundon had agreed to "finish the season, pay our creditors, and make the necessary adjustments to move forward in a manner that made economic sense for all". The players have had wonderful attitudes, and the effort level they've played with has been very rewarding for me and the coaching staff.

Games will not be played this weekend.

"When the new owner came in, we thought we had financial backing and we'd be able to at least play out the season", Spurrier said.

"Unfortunately, after careful consideration, the board has chose to suspend operations of the Alliance of American Football, effective immediately". The NFLPA responded with concerns that the AAF could not insure players in the event of an injury, which could force them to not meet the requirements of their NFL contracts.

In light of all of this information, we should all just be more surprised that it didn't happen sooner.

Give the TV deal with CBS, the AAF was fairly visible, but something clearly fell apart here over the last few weeks. Murray, Swann, and Mauger are more veteran players but none of them too old to rule out a comeback in the XFL or National Football League after participating in the short-tenured AAF. Factor in the costs of operating a franchise, leasing a stadium, paying out player salaries, and so many other things and the league needed a long-term solution to survive.

"I think what we're building on the tech side will change sports", Ebersol said in January.

The Orlando Apollos were -110 favorites to win the AAF title at the SuperBook at the Westgate Las Vegas before odds were taken down Tuesday.

Darren Rovell from The Action Network says the league's future is now in doubt just weeks from the postseason beginning and roughly a month from its first championship game.

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