As the fallout continues from the demise of the Alliance of American Football, it has emerged that MGM Resorts International and not majority owner Tom Dundon stands to gain control of the league’s interactive gaming app.
After the Alliance suspended all football operations last week – just eight weeks into its inaugural season – it was widely suggested that Dundon, the owner of the NFL’s Carolina Hurricanes, bought a majority stake in the league simply to acquire its business technology.
It was reported at the weekend, however, that when MGM invested into technology arm Legendary Field Exhibitions last June, there was a provision that the casino would gain its rights should the Alliance fold.
Meanwhile, it has emerged that many Alliance players were forced to pay their own hotel and airfare bills after the Alliance’s decision to suspend operations, while some returned to their hotels to find their belongings left in the lobby.
Some players injured while playing for the Alliance must now pay for their own medical bills. The University of Central Florida, which housed the Orlando Apollos, now faces a bill of approximately $1m (€891,000) in unpaid rent while many vendors are out of pocket.
At approximately 11:00pm Eastern Time on Friday evening, the Alliance released an apology to those affected by the decision.
It said: “This week, we made the difficult decision to suspend all football operations for the Alliance of American Football. We understand the difficulty that this decision has caused for many people and for that we are very sorry. This is not the way we wanted it to end, but we are also committed to working on solutions for all outstanding issues to the best of our ability. Due to ongoing legal processes, we are unable to comment further or share details about the decision.
“We are grateful to our players, who delivered quality football and may now exercise their NFL-out clauses in our contract. We encourage them to continue pursuing their dreams and wish them the best. We are grateful to our fans, who have been true believers from the beginning, and to our world-class partners. And to the Alliance coaches and employees who devoted their valuable time and considerable talent to this venture, we are forever grateful.”