At least if what Tom Dundon told USA Today recently is true.
Speaking to the news outlet, Dundon said,
“If the players union is not going to give us young players, we can’t be a developmental league,” and continued by saying, “We are looking at our options, one of which is discontinuing the league.”
Dundon, you might recall, is the owner of the Carolina Hurricanes who made a $250M investment in the AAF shortly after the league launched. Multiple reports about the investment saving the league were refuted, and most have since moved on enjoying what the league has to offer.
It’s yet to be seen whether any of the players making their name in the AAF are going to see true NFL opportunity or success which is something the NFLPA might be waiting for before committing it’s members to additional practices and play.
Talks working towards the next collective bargaining agreement between players and the NFL are underway - slightly - and are supposed to gain steam in the coming months. Although, it would be surprising to hear of anything solidly agreed upon coming out of these talks given the time between now and expiration of the current CBA.
Keep an eye on the AAF for the remainder of their season, and look out for more news pertaining to the future of this league and how it impacts the potential futures of NFL hopefuls.