In 2019, the Alliance of American Football debuted in hopes of beating the XFL in the marketplace. Unfortunately, the league has not given itself enough time to secure proper funding for the season.
Charlie Ebersol and the AAF struggled at first but were apparently rescued by Tom Dundon when he appeared to have invested enough money to keep the league afloat for their inaugural season.
Dundon says he was forced to invest in the fledgling league due to “false claims” and is seeking to recoup the $ 70 million he put into the AAF to keep them afloat, before finally unplug the plug on April 2 before week 9.
Fast forward to today. According to Dan Kaplain from The Athletic, Dundon argued in court this week that he, and not hundreds of minor league footballers, should be eligible to receive millions of dollars owed as part of a preliminary Alliance bankruptcy settlement. of American Football.
Dundon bought the AAF in February 2019 and closed it on April 2, 2019, ending the inaugural season with two games earlier, for which he now argues players should not be paid. Instead, the $ 5.6 million agreed to in the settlement should go to major creditors like him, his lawyer argued in bankruptcy court this week.
“There is only $ 3.9 million, or so, in the remaining estate, if they have to pay $ 5.6 million and create a right that did not exist in (the player’s) contract and which does not exist. ‘doesn’t exist now, they’re doing it to our detriment, and I think that’s important, “said Brent Hockaday, Dundon’s attorney.
Brian Engel, lawyer for the bankruptcy trustee, called this argument reprehensible.
“Sir. Dundon is the person who keeps players from playing by deprogramming their matches, and now suggests their claims aren’t as good as his,” Engel said. “I don’t really find that offensive, but I do. finds false and incorrect. “
A lawyer for Charlie Ebersol, Dundon’s former AAF partner, was even more specific in an emailed statement. “Sir. Ebersol has filed documents with the court formally supporting the right of AAF players to receive the last two payments of their contract,” wrote Michael Saltz. “Our position is that the players earned this money, and it is not their fault that others have decided to bankrupt the AAF instead of taking whatever steps are available to them to help maintain the existence of the AAF.
It’s been over two years since the AAF played a game, and it’s still a big blame game for everyone involved in the old management team. We hope to see a positive outcome to this story, but we may not.
We will keep you posted as more information is released on the lawsuit with the AAF, players and former owners.