It appears that the Alliance of American Football no longer is producing a product, football games, but is allowing some its idled employees to seek jobs with the National Football League but others who are unemployed will not be allowed to pursue work in what is the longest running pro football circuit, the Canadian Football League. In legal terms, the Alliance of American Football has not closed down shop, the AAF has suspended operations. Since the league is still in business, the players who have not been allowed to try their hands in the NFL are viewed as assets or their contracts are assets in a possible bankruptcy proceeding. Lawsuits against the league operators that have been filed and more than likely there will be additional court cases. The AAF is not going quietly. Last week two players, Colton Schmidt who was with Birmingham and Reggie Northrup who was employed in Orlando filed suit in a California court saying that the league concealed its financial status and defrauded players out of millions of dollars. The two players named the AAF chairman and money man Tom Dundon, league founder and chief executive Charles Ebersol as defendants. If there is no money available, the players could go after a gambling app that the AAF and MGM were developing.
The legacy of the Alliance of American Football will include the end days of the league that included players being kicked out of hotel rooms and they found their belongings in the lobby and in some cases had to pay hotel bills themselves. A number of players were stranded as they did not have transportation to return home from team facilities. There are others who didn’t get paid and may never see a penny of money that they are owed. The song may be over but the melody lingers on.