BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — UPDATE: The Birmingham Iron has released a statement which you can read here.
ORIGINAL: The Alliance of American Football could fold before finishing its inaugural season, according to a CBSSports.com report.
A source close to the AAF told CBSSports.com that operations were suspended for the day and “probably indefinitely,” although this remains unconfirmed.
Negotiations between the AAF and the NFLPA are at the center of the confusion over the league’s future. Last week, AAF control owner Tom Dundon threatened to shut down the league if the NFL refused to allow its practice squad players to participate.
Birmingham City Councilor William Parker is hopeful that this move is just an example of strong-arm negotiating tactics.
“I believe that this is more posturing,” said Parker. “Drastic posturing, but we’re going to roll up our sleeves, work together, and make sure everyone remembers that Birmingham is truly the football capital of the South.”
Parker would go on to tell CBS 42 that the City of Birmingham is pursuing additional sports-related opportunities. While he would not elaborate on what some of the opportunities might look like, he did say that this is not an “Armageddon” scenario for Birmingham.
Some local residents in the Graymont Neighborhood near Legion Field believe that if the Birmingham Iron does not take the field again, it will deal a major blow to their community.
“It really saddens me because we really don’t get any activity at Legion Field as it is and it was one thing that gave our community somewhere to go and something to do,” says Cheryl McCants, a local resident.
McCants tells CBS 42 that the Iron did a nice job of shining a positive light on the Graymont Neighborhood and provided extra revenue to the local businesses.
The AAF is two games away from completing its 10-game schedule. The Birmingham Iron is among other AAF affiliates including teams in Atlanta, Orlando, Memphis, Phoenix, San Antonio, Salt Lake City, and San Diego.