AAF 'suspends its inaugural season over financial concerns' after signing Johnny Manziel

AAF 'suspends its inaugural season over financial concerns' after signing Johnny Manziel

AAF 'suspends its inaugural season over financial concerns' after signing Johnny Manziel

According to Pro Football Talk there are no plans to officially fold yet, but a league source told the website that the AAF needs $20 million in order to complete its inaugural season. CBS Sports spoke to a source close to the AAF and could confirm that operations were suspended at least for the day, and "probably indefinitely" with control owner Tom Dundon making the call.

The league, like Major League Soccer, owns all the player contracts. It is also unclear whether or not the business end of the league will remain in production.

The controversial former Heisman Trophy victor offered some sage advice Tuesday to his fellow players in the Alliance of American Football, the fledgling spring league reportedly already on the verge of ceasing operations.

Plus, any serious injury suffered in the AAF could have significant impact on a player's potential National Football League earnings.

The news of the league suspending operations is doubly disappointing to the Apollos, who had a league-best 7-1 record and were the clear-cut favorite to win the championship. I'm more disappointed for all the players that believe 'This is my chance to show people this, that and the other that I can play this game'.

Instead, McMahon made a decision to restart his own league; it is scheduled to launch next year.

The AAF schedule still has two weeks to go until its postseason.

Even back in training camp, the league wouldn't allow independent reporters to view preseason games in San Antonio.

Blaming the NFLPA for their problems seems short-sighted at best; if the AAF wanted to partner with the National Football League and NFLPA, it should have done so before it ran into dire straights. 'We are looking at our options, one of which is discontinuing the league'.

Manziel signed with the Express last week after being released by the CFL's Montreal Alouettes. "If this company has a chance to survive, if the football is good enough that this has a runway where people are engaged, it will change sports".

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