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Alliance of American Football considering folding already

Tom Dundon, the Alliance of American Football’s new majority owner, has threatened to fold the league despite having invested $70m (€62m) into the business.

It is unclear how serious Dundon is with his threat but he is looking to secure cooperation from the NFL Players’ Association to use young players from NFL rosters in Alliance squads.

The NFLPA is believed to be reluctant to loan active NFL players to the Alliance because it would violate the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and because of the injury risk.

Dundon, who also owns the NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes, committed to invest $250m into the Alliance and he has reportedly already invested $70m after just six weeks.

“If the players union is not going to give us young players, we can’t be a development league,” Dundon told USA Today. “We are looking at our options, one of which is discontinuing the league.”

Dundon is poised to make a decision about the league’s future later this week.

The Alliance, which was founded by Charlie Ebersol, has struggled with TV ratings and attendances since it launched and recently moved its championship game from Las Vegas to a 12,000-seater venue in Frisco, Texas.

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