Express players block out reports of AAF money issues

Updated: Feb. 20, 2019 at 6:45 AM CST
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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Multiple media outlets reported some financial problems for the Alliance of American Football.

The league reportedly missed payroll on Friday and were not paid until Tuesday.

Memphis Express team president Kosha Irby said the league swapped payroll companies and there was a small glitch that caused a delay.

However, the AAF announced Tuesday that billionaire Tom Dundon invested $250 million in the league.

The league refused to call it a bailout, but reports said the league was in need of the money before Dundon, who owns the NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes, stepped in.

Dundon is now taking over as the chairman of the AAF’s Board of Directors. He said he’s been monitoring the AAF’s development and debut, which drew big ratings in its first week and has TV deals with CBS, Turner, and NFL Network.

Memphis Express players, many who took part in a community bowling event in Southaven on Tuesday night, were not allowed to talk about the payroll problems, but said they’re excited to keep playing professional football.

“Really it’s about just getting film out there and letting people know I can still play, and hopefully I get that opportunity soon,” backup quarterback Zach Mettenberger said.

Mettenberger has NFL starting experience with the Tennessee Titans. Many Express fans have called for him to get a chance as starting quarterback Christian Hackenberg has struggled.

The Express will take the field this weekend in Orlando as they take on the unbeaten Apollos.

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