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AAF shuts down

The Alliance of American Football (AAF), a professional minor football league, closed shop this week, unable to finish its inaugural season. The closure resulted from multiple factors, but most agree that ultimately, it collapsed because investor Tom Dundon removed $70 million from its planned funding.

Fallout

At least some AAF employees (players, coaches, etc.) suffered negative consequences after the league collapsed. For example, some players say they’re now saddled with bills they cannot pay. However, other players received recognition from their time in the AAF and now have legitimate shots at making NFL teams.


BAD FOR PLAYERS:

Deadspin: The AAF's sudden collapse left players high and dry with bills for housing and injuries [update]

FoxBusiness: AAF players booted from hotels, left to pay medical costs out of pocket: report

Those who believe the collapse is bad for employees stress some immediate consequences for players, such as medical bills that the AAF will no longer pay because it does not employee anyone. They also highlights incidents indicating disorganization when the league did exist.

GOOD FOR PLAYERS:

ESPN: Source: Chiefs sign ex-AAF player Reaser

CBS Sports: What the pro football world can learn from the AAF


Those who believe the collapse is good for employees stress that the AAF allowed players to be seen by NFL clubs and in some cases, immediately signed by teams after the collapse. They also claim that while it existed, the AAF’s mission to develop players and coaches set employees up for success moving forward.  


Where's the common ground?

Both sides acknowledge that the AAF’s collapse carried bad consequences for at least some employees. Though some players did use the AAF’s brief existence to further their careers and the league certainly caught the NFL’s attention, the fact that some AAF employees can no longer pay rent or afford medical bills cannot go ignored.

Join the new league, they said. It'll be fun, they said.


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