Earlier today the internet was struck with the news that The Alliance missed payroll after Week 1 of the season. This followed with the news that Carolina Hurricanes owner Tom Dundon invested $250 Million into the AAF to add finical support. Dundon is now the leagues Chairman and claims, per an interview with 99.9 The Fan in Raleigh, that his investment was purely about an opportunity to invest and not saving the league. Dundon is quoted as saying, “The amount of money they needed for Thursday wasn’t an amount of money that would have taken the league down.”
Alliance Co-Founder and CEO Charlie Ebersol was adamant when talking to Pro Football Talk this morning that there was no urgency in getting Dundon’s investment. Ebersol stated that the league was designed to work like a tech start up and have periodical investments. This changed when Dundon approached Ebersol and the AAF about immediately investing $250 Million. Ebersol told PFT that he was told by Dundon, “‘You can raise Series A, Series B, Series C, or you can raise Series Infinity right now.’”
Later this afternoon, when the dust settled and the league’s financial future was secured, Arizona Hotshots Head Coach Rick Neuheisal made statements to Phoenix’s CBS 5 that “Everyone’s gotten their checks today.”
He would go on to say, “…they have to understand that this is a competitive environment we live in, right? There are other people out there that are trying to get a new league a year from now, that are trying to create some negative publicity.”
We all know Neuheisal’s shot is aimed at the 2nd iteration of Vince McMahon’s XFL launching in February of 2020. Whether it is true or not will be seen over time, but with the track record of McMahon as a businessman it wouldn’t be surprising. When it comes to Neuheisal and not being paid on time in the spring we must remember Neuheisal played for one of the most notoriously “broke” teams during the 1985 USFL season in the San Antonio Gunslingers. Stories of Neuheisal and teammates having to to race to cash checks at a small West Texas bank when being paid to make sure they actually received their money are part of the failed league’s crazy lore. The Gunslingers were so low on funds that owner Clinton Manges up and abandoned the team halfway during the season.
I’m sure the news of Tom Dundon’s invest came like music to Neuheisal’s ears if the rumors were true. Had the money not came I’m sure Coach Neuheisal would have had quite the case of déjà vu. We will wait and see if anything new comes out in the coming days regarding the AAF’s money “issues”
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