The Alliance of American Football is in danger of folding after just one season.
The AAF has been unable to come to an agreement with the National Football Players’ Association about using young players from NFL rosters.
“If the players union is not going to give us young players, we can’t be a development league. We are looking at our options, one of which is discontinuing the league,” AAF majority owner Tom Dundon told USA Today.
According to USA Today, an NFL Players’ Association official did express serious concerns about the risks of lending active NFL players to the AAF.
From reporters Kevin Allen and Mike Jones: the person said the players’ union is founded on the belief that using active NFL players and practice squad members for the AAF would violate the terms of the CBA and the restrictions that prevent teams from holding mandatory workouts and practices throughout the offseason.
The AAF was hoping to get permission to use practice squad players, particularly No. 3 quarterbacks and young linemen starting next season. The AAF’s game plan was to be to the NFL what Class AAA baseball is to Major League Baseball.
Dundon, who owns the NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes, is serving as chairman of the AAF’s board of directors after making a $250-million investment into the league. He’s said to be making a decision about the AAF league’s future on the next two days.
The AAF is losing tens of millions of dollars a week.