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

05 April 2019

"So then I was like, well, 'I'm sure you're going to figure out transportation and have flights scheduled, or you're going to compensate guys for gas and stuff like that.' Well we got another message saying that's not happening at all".

The league recently made news with the addition of former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback and first-round NFL Draft pick Johnny Manziel. San Diego Fleet defensive end Damontre Moore thanked his family through Instagram for their support.

While the football fraternity never celebrates when job opportunities for players and coaches disappear, the collapse of the AAF is undoubtedly good news for the CFL. Save your money and keep your head up.

Anthony Manzo-Lewis, a fullback for Memphis, said he was kicked out of his room and 17 hours away from home "with a vehicle full of belongings". "It's the only choice at this point unless something drastic happens".

Rich Ohrnberger has highlighted the horror stories of players' belongings being taken from their hotel rooms and put into the lobby once the teams no longer needed the facilities as headquarters, the letters sent from anonymous board members to players breaking the news of their termination, and much more.

Previously it was reported that former National Football League quarterback Colin Kaepernick demanded $20 million to play in the AAF, which ultimately passed on the controversial civil rights figure.

ESPN reported that all players signed three-year contracts, but with no guarantee.

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That another late-winter/spring/early-summer American pro football league has died, so soon after debuting, is not really surprising.

Steve Spurriers' Apollos had amassed a dominant 7-1 record on the season, and were the prohibitive favorites to win the first AAF title.

"Should those efforts prove successful, we look forward to working with many of you on season two", the letter continued.

Since recording a 2.9 overnight rating for its first night game between the Atlanta Legends and Orlando Apollos, the league had still seen decent numbers but attendance figures are a bit of a challenge. Suggesting people are most hungry for football after the Super Bowl is like saying people must be most hungry after Thanksgiving dinner because we saw how much they like food. Some of us didn't get into the Alliance to advance our careers, but the players ...

Bless all those year-'rounders, they just can not get enough info and analysis on the team they love, in the sport they love.

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