Gaining traction can be difficult in the world of professionals sports, just ask the founders of the Alliance of American Football (AAF). The on-field product delivered once again in week 2, but the news of the day was that Tom Dundon, owner of the Carolina Hurrican NHL franchise effectively bailed out the AAF by agreeing to invest a reported 250 million to the upstart spring football league. Multiple reports across the internet claim that this investment was needed to meet payroll for the league. If this is true it is very alarming. The AAF posted an article on their page this evening, but no mention of if these rumors were true.
The official article reads:
Dundon will serve as chairman of The Alliance board of directors effective immediately. Tom is an accomplished entrepreneur, investor, and the principal owner of the Carolina Hurricanes of the National Hockey League. Dundon is also the co-founder of Trinity Forest Golf Club in Dallas, home of the PGA Tour’s AT&T Byron Nelson, the majority owner of Employer Direct Healthcare, a healthcare services company, and a primary investor in the global sports entertainment company, Topgolf.
“As a lifelong sports fan and entrepreneur, I’ve always valued the opportunities generated in the ecosystem of sports and entertainment,” said Dundon. “I’m impressed with The Alliance’s stunning growth in-stadium and across TV, mobile and social media in just these first few weeks.”
He added, “The Alliance has built a foundation of high-quality football, revolutionary technology, and world-class partnerships with the NFL, CBS, Turner Sports and MGM Resorts International and I’m excited to work with Charlie, Bill and the league’s partners to help accelerate the growth of The Alliance in its next phase as a company.”
Offensive player of the week: Orlando QB Garrett Gilbert. Gilbert completed 19 of 28 pass attempts for 393 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions for a 134.5 passer rating, Leading the Apollos’ to a 37-29 come-from-behind win over the Commanders at the Alamodome.
Defensive player of the week: Orlando CB Keith Reaser. Reaser had two tackles, three
passes defensed and a 38-yard interception return-touchdown with 7:02 remaining in the fourth quarter. Reaser’s late pick-six broke a 29-29 tie and proved to be the game-winning score.
Special teams player of the week: Birmingham DB Jamar Summers. Summers recorded
three tackles and forced a fumble on punt coverage in the third quarter that was recovered in the end zone by LB Shaheed Salmon for the Iron’s first touchdown of the game, sparking a second-half comeback victory at Legion Field Stadium.
Week 2 Scores
Birmingham 12, Salt Lake 9
Arizona 20, Memphis 18
Orlando 37, San Antonio 29
San Diego 24, Atlanta 12
Week 3 Game of the Week
Arizona Hotshots 2-0 at Salt Lake Stallions 0-2
This should be an interesting match-up. Salt Lake is desperate for a win. They lost in heartbreaking fashion last week. It will be interesting to see if they can bounce back and contain the explosive Hotshots.
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