The post-mortem continues after the Alliance of American Football folded earlier this week. And, it’s obvious we haven’t heard the last on why everything ended and whom will ultimately be held accountable?
This is after the AAF released a statement on social media late Friday night, which finally made reference to what everyone has been waiting on: lawsuits that will be coming:
— The Alliance (@TheAAF) April 6, 2019
In particular, their line about “ongoing legal process” should catch everyone’s attention. That’s because, there are not only legal issues of who might be looking to get reimbursed from the AAF, but also, a possible legal process within the ownership structure and front office. And, that may end up with “higher ups” like founders Charlie Ebersol and former NFL team executive Bill Polian suing each other, and/or the chairman Thomas Dundon, for ending the league with still a month to go in its first season.
Further, it’s remarkable, and almost hard to fathom, the Friday report from WFTV in Orlando that the University of Central Florida and Spectrum Stadium did not receive payment for any of the Orlando Apollo’s home games.
Not a dime.
The total money owed is now apparently, $1.2 million and it remains to be seen if, or how long it will take, for the University and it’s Athletic Association to get reimbursed?
The bizarre part that athletic director Danny White and the school should be held accountable for, is continuing to allow the Apollos to play home games in March, when the AAF had not paid anything for the games they played in February. This included the inaugural game that was played all the way back on February 9th.
Apparently, the Association never invoiced the AAF and now, the league has ceased paying anyone.
Then, there are recurring stories of players looking to reimbursed for housing at the end of last month and many others who have had their health insurance cut off at the end of April.
Apparently, the AAF led many of those employees either working for the league or an individual team, some who just went on their plans as recently as January, that their benefits were good through the end of 2019.
So, one thing is for sure, even though the football is over, the “battles” over what, if any, remaining money from Dundon/the AAF has is just beginning.
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