Birmingham Irons’ league suspending operations 8 games into season

Nick Folk

A week ago, AAF majority owner Tom Dundon warned that the league would fold without some help from the National Football League Players Association, which had been preventing the first-year league from using fringe NFL players to fill out its rosters.

The AAF has officially chose to suspend play for the remainder of the 2019 season. There are other organizations such as The Spring League or the Canadian Football League that exist to give players second chances at the NFL, or undrafted players another opportunity to prove their skills to scouts in hopes of making practice camps come August.

After the deal with Dundon, sources say it became clear to league co-founders Charlie Ebersol and Bill Polian that Dundon's objectives were different from the original plan.

This has to be tough for every player involved in the AAF, and for most, they're probably entering unchartered waters. "We are looking at our options, one of which is discontinuing the league".

The AAF, an eight-team league in the eighth game of its 10-game inaugural season, didn't expect to compete with the NFL when it announced its plans a year ago.

That means the eight-team league, including Utah's franchise, the Salt Lake Stallions, will not finish out their inaugural season. New owner Tom Dundon will lose approximately $70 million on his investment.

Former NFL quarterback Johnny Manziel joined the league last month with Memphis.

Former NFL running back Marcus Lattimore on going through the NFL Draft process after an injury and helping players plan for life after football.

The Hotshots were scheduled to host the Birmingham Iron at Sun Devil Stadium in their regular-season home finale on Sunday.

In Arizona, the AAF debuted on February 10 as the Arizona Hotshots beat the Salt Lake Stallions at Sun Devil Stadium.

If you think the AAF has hit rock bottom, just wait until you hear this. "The last check you got will be the last one that you get", he posted on Twitter.

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