Less than one season into Alliance of American Football’s existence with only eight weeks of games, league owner Tom Dundon has decided to suspend all operations.
League co-founder Bill Polian confirmed the news, saying in a statement: “I am extremely disappointed to learn Tom Dundon has decided to suspend all football operations of the Alliance of American Football. When Mr. Dundon took over, it was the belief of my co-founder, Charlie Ebersol, and myself that we would finish the season, pay our creditors, and make the necessary adjustments to move forward in a manner that made economic sense for all. The momentum generated by our players, coaches and football staff had us well positioned for future success. Regrettably, we will not have that opportunity.”
The league had been struggling, and after the first week of the season, Dundon — owner of the NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes — pledged a $250 million investment and essentially took command of the AAF. According to the Associated Press, employees were notified of the decision in a letter from the AAF board on Tuesday afternoon.