Tom Dundon, that became the AAF’s chairman last month, told USA Today Sports in a recent interview that the NFLPA is not cooperating with all the AAF by refusing to let the initial league to-use young NFL players.
“In the event the players marriage is not going to give us young players, then we can not be a growth team,” Dundon told USA Today Sports. “We’re looking at our options, one which will be discontinuing the league.”
Dundon said he hopes to come to a determination regarding the league’s future during the following two days.
But an anonymous NFLPA official mentioned numerous concerns by allowing its players to perform in the AAF, including potential injury risk and offenses of their collective bargaining agreement.
Unsigned NFL players, including practice-squad players, are free to join with the AAF at any moment. But the AAF will need the NFLPA’s cooperation for a practice-squad player who currently is signed to a futures contract with an NFL team.
Dundon, that also owns the NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes, made a $250 million investment at the AAF last month after the league allegedly was in danger of not earning taxpayers.
The eight-team AAF, billed as a growth team, kicked off the weekend after a Super Bowl. The league has been seven matches in to its 10-game regular season.