So much for that option

Turns out that start-a-new-pro-league shit is hard, man.

Bad news for Spurdog (although he no longer has a conflict with Masters week!).  Good news for the NCAA.


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18 responses to “So much for that option

  1. Bright Idea

    This league returned the favor to Spur dog. They quit! Shocking that his presence didn’t draw big crowds and ratings.


  2. OrlandoDawg

    It won’t be the first season he hasn’t finished. Our local Dick’s Sporting Goods had a ton of Orlando Apollos gear. That never made sense to me, but I am surprised the league didn’t have a plan that could get them through one season.


  3. 92 grad

    Good grief. I guess I’m not the only one that never got around to watching one of these games……….



    Ok, I’ll bite, why is it good news for the NCAA?



      I could be wrong but I think they had said they would take players right out of high school. Some kids would have jumped at that to get paid. now that option is gone and CFB is all thats there ……again


  5. Biggen

    The AAF seemed to be based on the idea that the League Union would allow non-contracted and future’s players to play in the AAF during the NFL offseason. When the Union told them no, they didn’t have a backup plan? Why didn’t they iron out this detail before even starting play?

    Why can’t they stand on their own by the way? Admittedly, I don’t know what the Tv ratings are like for them with non NFL caliber players.


  6. Bulldog Joe

    At 7-1, Spurrier can now retire a champion.

    Champion of nothing.


  7. Reverend Whitewall

    None of these attempts to start minor league football leagues make any financial sense. Minor league baseball makes money because

    A) the MLB affiliate pays the salaries, not the local team owners

    B) minor league baseball teams play about 140 games a year, so that’s 70 home games that you get to sell tickets, concessions, etc to make money. So no TV money is needed.

    With these football leagues, they’re playing like 10 games seasons, so that’s only 5 chances to sell tickets, concessions, etc. Then you gotta pay everybody out of that money. Without HUGE TV money, there’s no way to make ends meet. Yet people keep trying it anyway. McMahon already lost a fortune on the XFL once, and I can guarantee you he’s gonna do it again if he proceeds. Unless the NFL gets directly involved to help subsidize like MLB does for their minor league, which the NFL has no incentive to do, it just blows my mind how anyone thinks these leagues are ever gonna be financially viable.


    • ASEF

      People look at the seemingly insatiable appetite for NFL and college games and assume there’s room for something in between? It kind of blows me away that the people putting these things together usually run out of money mid season. Charting your expenses and likely cash flow seems like the easiest part of the process, doesn’t it?


    • Mayor

      TV would make them financially viable. The contract has to be big enough though.


  8. dawgfan1995

    From some stories, the league folded in part due to a guy who invested millions of dollars solely to shut it down and buy a gambling app that was a part of the legal’s intellectual property.

    At least that is one rumor/story/angle.


  9. Debby Balcer

    I am sorry for all the players who signed up. I hope they got their money in advance since they are probably had to pay for a place to live etc.


  10. Dylan Dreyer's Booty

    The league folded because they couldn’t figure out how to get the players to work for free. 😉


  11. No one cares for pro football outside the NFL (I can’t stand the NFL). Other than the AFL, it has failed every time it has been tried. Why smart businesspeople decide to create an alternative and say it’s going to work this time given the track record is beyond me.


  12. Salty Dawg

    I’m sorry to hear this. While it kinda was 14th grade football, it was still football and I enjoyed watching most of it. It helped fill the void of no football. I had heard on the NFL network about a week ago, the owners were having conflicts with the union over recruiting younger players. I think it was a good place to be for the ‘not quite there’ players and the players that had been ‘there’ but are no longer ‘there’ to get some experience and to showcase their skills.