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Alliance of American Football hit by lawsuit

The Alliance of American Football’s teething troubles took another twist after the start-up league was hit with a lawsuit.

Robert Vanech, a Los Angeles-based venture capitalist, is suing the Alliance and founder Charlie Ebersol, claiming he is entitled to 50-per-cent ownership of the league, which he says was his idea.

Vanech reportedly claims he had a “handshake agreement” with Ebersol, entitling him to half of the league.

The Alliance said in a statement: “Mr Vanech’s claim is without merit. There was never any agreement, oral or written, between Mr Vanech and Mr Ebersol relating to the Alliance.”

The lawsuit comes just a week after it emerged that Carolina Hurricanes majority owner Tom Dundon made a $250m (€220.8m) investment commitment to the Alliance after it failed to make payroll in its first week. Attendances, meanwhile, have been sluggish.

Further reading: Alliance of American Football bets on player data to fill NFL off-season void