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Vince McMahon’s XFL competitor, the AAF, is suspending operations

It looks like Vince McMahon’s XFL won’t need to worry about competition when the league starts after the Super Bowl next Spring.

According to multiple media reports, the Alliance of American Football has suspended football operations and it is looking like they are heading towards closing.

“I am extremely disappointed to learn Tom Dundon has decided to suspend all football operations of the Alliance of American Football,” co-founder Bill Polian said in a statement to ESPN on Tuesday. “When Mr. Dundon took over, it was the belief of my co-founder, Charlie Ebersol, and myself that we would finish the season, pay our creditors, and make the necessary adjustments to move forward in a manner that made economic sense for all.

The league struggled almost since the beginning. The AAF almost shut down after the second week until Dundon, the owner NHL’s Carolina Panthers, stepped in to pledge a $250 million investment. There were also reports of the league struggling to make payments to their players.

Ratings have dipped since the first week and have remained in the 400,000 to 500,000 viewer range and they got some publicity when they signed Johnny Manziel.

Manziel gave advice to the players who are now out of a job:

This is probably welcome news to Vince McMahon as he will not need to worry about competing with another start-up league.


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