Future of AAF unclear; league needs cooperation from NFL Player’s Association, majority owner says

The league’s majority owner told USA TODAY Sports that they may have to discontinue the league.

Future of AAF unclear; league needs cooperation from NFL Player’s Association, majority owner says
Photo by: Gregory T. Matthews / KENS 5 The San Antonio Commanders sank the San Diego Fleet, 15-6, in the inaugural Alliance of American Football game on Saturday night, Feb. 9, 2019, at the Alamodome.

SAN ANTONIO — Just one year in and the Alliance of American Football could be looking to throw in the towel.

The league's majority owner, Tom Dundon told USA TODAY Sports, that lack of cooperation from the NFL Players' Association to use young players from NFL rosters has left the future of the league unclear.

The AAF, Dundon reiterated to USA TODAY Sports, is a developmental league and without young players from the players union to develop, they may have to discontinue the league.

While the NFLPA did not have an official response to the lack of cooperation accusation, a players' union official told the publication that there are risks when it comes to lending active NFL players to the AAF.

In addition to concerns of whether or not lending players would violate the NFL’s Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) terms, the official explained that NFL players could be seriously injured in an AAF game resulting in a player missing an NFL season, which could lead to financial ramifications and a loss of valuable experience.