Now that Dundon has gotten what he wanted, he's supposedly backing out of the AAF and taking his money with him. The league that everyone was excited about only a few short weeks ago didn't even make it through a full season. "While we've declared the Apollos honorary champions, we think the biggest winners should be our customers and hope they enjoy their payouts".
According to a new SEC filing from the majority owner and CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment, he's selling over $271.9 million in WWE stock in order to fund Alpha Entertainment LLC, the parent company of his returning professional football league that folded after one season in 2001. The AAF either got too aggressive with revenue projections or greatly underestimated the costs of running an actual league. Without them, I become bed-ridden with withdrawals, cold-sweats, chanting things like "low man wins", and "defense wins championships", over and over into the universe while drawing up double-reverse fumblerooski's on the walls using the blood from my own fingers.
The email #AAF employees were sent minutes ago, announcing the nearly assured end of their inaugural season and the immediate suspension of their league's operations. That obviously changed when.
"They did everything the right way", he said.
So long, AAF, it was fun while it lasted.
"If the [NFL] Players Union is not going to give us young players, we can't be a development league", Dundon told USA Today last week.
While the AAF dream is dead, there will be another chance for players as the Vince McMahon-led XFL will begin operations in February of 2020.
To anyone that says that $70 million seems like a lot for technology, well that's not really the case. Essentially he took a loss to get tech. It remains to be seen whether the XFL will follow suit.
From day one, the AAF described itself as a developmental league for the NFL.
Steve Spurrier was on the practice field when he got the word that his new league was going belly-up.
Charles Johnson, WR, Orlando Apollos: The AAF's leading receiver, Johnson had a strong season in the National Football League in 2014 with the Minnesota Vikings with 31 receptions for 475 yards and two touchdowns, only to disappear in the ensuing years.
Manziel finished 3-of-5 passing for 48 yards in his AAF debut, adding 20 rushing yards on two carries.
The news brings an abrupt freeze to the fledgling football league, and perhalds for good.
Probably it's because by the time those leagues finally, mercifully decide a champion each year - after a six-month regular season and weeks and weeks of playoffs - we're all ready for those sports to go away for a while.