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    Quote Originally Posted by 1peatfor7 View Post
    Could have been a true minor league system but on the other hand it lowers the quality of players in the league. The 17-18 big enough for the NFL are going to places like Bama, Clemson, etc. And will only get bigger, faster, and stronger.
    They'd get paid better at Bama and the other super power teams as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GATAlac El Dorado View Post
    Iíd love to see the business model. What exactly did they project that didnít happen like they thought? Ticket sales? How could you risk that much money on something that apparently had no hope of lasting through its first season?
    The main investor wanted it to be a developmental league and was betting on cooperation from the NFL and NFL Players Association to provide personnel (from practice squad and deep on the depth chart) but they are not. Unsigned NFL practice squad guys are free to play but any with signed futures contracts with a team have to have NFLPA cooperate to play in AAF. A month ago he said worst case the league would be around five years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yourmother View Post
    The main investor wanted it to be a developmental league and was betting on cooperation from the NFL and NFL Players Association to provide personnel (from practice squad and deep on the depth chart) but they are not. Unsigned NFL practice squad guys are free to play but any with signed futures contracts with a team have to have NFLPA cooperate to play in AAF. A month ago he said worst case the league would be around five years.
    But if the practice squad guys get hurt, then the NFL teams depth is hurt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1peatfor7 View Post
    But if the practice squad guys get hurt, then the NFL teams depth is hurt.
    Which is why the NFLPA is not cooperating. They cannot control practice squad players with no futures contract, but there probably aren't many of those.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yourmother View Post
    The main investor wanted it to be a developmental league and was betting on cooperation from the NFL and NFL Players Association to provide personnel (from practice squad and deep on the depth chart) but they are not. Unsigned NFL practice squad guys are free to play but any with signed futures contracts with a team have to have NFLPA cooperate to play in AAF. A month ago he said worst case the league would be around five years.
    So he went ahead without this commitment . . . and even if he had access to those players, how would that change his revenue/expense model?
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    Quote Originally Posted by GATAlac El Dorado View Post
    So he went ahead without this commitment . . . and even if he had access to those players, how would that change his revenue/expense model?
    I'd guess it was all speculation. For one, availability of better quality (or at least known to be on a 90 man NFL roster) players should lead to a better product to increase ticket sales and viewership, i.e. if you had a choice on a Saturday where the only game on was a D-II or D-III game or an FBS, even between unranked mediocre teams, which one would a majority of casual fans probably watch? If the only game on was D-III would any even watch it or buy tickets to it? And he might've been betting on getting something from the NFL for developing players on his own dime.

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    Seems like the story is a bit more complicated than some of us may have thought:

    https://www.sbnation.com/2019/4/3/18...ol-bill-polian

    One investor pulling out after giving less than a third of his pledged funding and the "savior" providing only around a quarter of his pledged funding while demanding total control seems to have tanked it more than anything.

    Looks more like someone wanted to plunder it.


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    All this makes me wonder....

    Why donít more players go to the CFL anymore?

    Is that no longer a viable route?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jcountry View Post
    All this makes me wonder....

    Why donít more players go to the CFL anymore?

    Is that no longer a viable route?
    CFL is and always has been a different game. It's not a developmental league but a competing league. We actually had a local kid from Valdosta who went to FIU and now plays for the Red Blacks in the CFL who spent the past few months working for us... he decided to re-up on his deal so he just left to return to Canada. I wish I had more kids with his work ethic!
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    Because.... We're idiots.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jcountry View Post
    All this makes me wonder....

    Why don’t more players go to the CFL anymore?

    Is that no longer a viable route?
    CFL rules, you can only have so many American players on a team.

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