Tom Dundon, the majority investor in the Alliance of American Football, says the new league is in danger of folding after just one year if the NFL Players Association doesn’t cooperate and allow them to use young players from NFL rosters.
“If the players union is not going to give us young players, we can’t be a development league,” Dundon tells USA TODAY Sports on Wednesday. “We are looking at our options, one of which is discontinuing the league.”
According to USA Today, a players’ union official expressed serious concerns about the risks of lending active NFL players to the AAF.
USA Today’s source explained that the players’ union is founded on the belief that using active NFL players and practice squad members for the AAF would violate the terms of the CBA and the restrictions that prevent teams from holding mandatory workouts and practices throughout the offseason.
Beyond that, there’s also concern that teams would abuse their power and pehaps force young players into AAF action as a condition for consideration for NFL roster spots in the fall.
Dundon mentioned that they’re considering all options and expects to make a decision about the league’s future over the next two days.
The AAF is reportedly hoping to get permission to use practice squad players, particularly No. 3 quarterbacks and young linemen starting next season.
Dundon invested $250 million into the AAF back in February to ensure that they could pay their bills and keep the league going.
We’ll have more regarding the AAF as the news is available.