A class action lawsuit has been filed against the newly formed All American Football League (AAFL) and its founder and CEO, Marcus Katz. As many as 252 football players, on 6 proposed teams around the country, were ready to suit up for spring training when the league made the decision to postpone its opening season until next year, due to financial difficulties.
Sources indicate that no players had been contacted by AAFL officials regarding their contracts, which promised players $5000 per game in a 10 game season. Many of these former NFL and Collegiate players left jobs, traveled to tryouts, and otherwise invested their own time and money into the league, which ultimately prompted the suit.
As far as the players are concerned, Katz is the only financial backing the AAFL has and while the league is a named defendant, the complaint reportedly says that the AAFL is the alter ego of defendant Katz and has no true factual or legal separation from him. The season was slated to begin April 12, 2008 and player rosters had already been announced, as the result of the league draft in January 2008.