The Alliance of American Soccer, the most recent skilled soccer league that started their season every week after the Tremendous Bowl, is near folding, the bulk proprietor of the AAF, Tom Dundon, advised USA Right this moment Sports activities.
The AAF, which was billed as a “minor league” of types for the NFL, can’t make a proposal to any NFL gamers who’re on a futures contract with out the cooperation of the NFLPA. The distinction in cash won’t be substantial, nevertheless it stands to motive that a participant on a futures contract might fairly be a starter within the AAF than fading away on a workforce’s observe squad with the prospect to be reduce all the time looming massive.
The AAF was practically unable to make their payroll as not too long ago as final month, inspiring Dundon, who additionally owns the Carolina Hurricanes, to take a position $250 million into the league. The league is simply over midway into its inagural season, with three video games left to play in its 10-game schedule.
The AAF wouldn’t be the primary soccer league to fail to outlive within the NFL’s world, and it doubtless won’t be the final. However the concept of a soccer minor league is actually intriguing to diehard soccer followers, and perhaps even to NFL execs in command of participant personnel. To see it fold could be a disappointment, however not a shock.