The bulk proprietor of the Alliance of American Soccer instructed USA As we speak Sports activities that league is at risk of folding with out assist from the Nationwide Soccer League Gamers Affiliation.
Tom Dundon, who grew to become the AAF’s chairman final month, instructed USA As we speak Sports activities in a latest interview that the NFLPA is just not cooperating with the AAF by refusing to permit the first-year league to make use of younger NFL gamers.
“If the gamers union is just not going to present us younger gamers, we won’t be a growth league,” Dundon instructed USA As we speak Sports activities. “We’re taking a look at our choices, one among which is discontinuing the league.”
AAF majority proprietor Tom Dundon tells USA As we speak Sports activities his league is at risk of folding if it can not get assist from the NFLPA, which is refusing to permit younger NFL gamers to take part within the first-year league. Gerry Broome/AP
Dundon mentioned he expects to decide in regards to the league’s future over the following two days.
The NFLPA had no official response to Dundon’s remark, in line with USA As we speak Sports activities. However an nameless NFLPA official cited quite a few issues with permitting its gamers to play within the AAF, together with potential harm threat and violations of the collective bargaining settlement.
Unsigned NFL gamers, together with practice-squad gamers, are free to affix the AAF at any time. However the AAF would wish the NFLPA’s cooperation to accumulate a practice-squad participant who presently is signed to a futures contract with an NFL workforce.
Dundon, who additionally owns the NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes, made a $250 million funding within the AAF final month after the league reportedly was at risk of not making payroll.
The eight-team AAF, billed as a growth league, kicked off the weekend following the Tremendous Bowl. The league is seven video games into its 10-game common season.