So What Happens to Your AAF Future Bets Now?
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- According to sources, the Alliance of American Football is suspending football operations and the league's future is in serious jeopardy.
- So what happens to bettors who played AAF futures? We spoke to Jeff Sherman of the Westgate SuperBook to find out.
After eight illustrious weeks, the American Alliance of Football looks to be heading the way of the dodo. The league has suspended football operations and its future is in serious doubt, according to our own Darren Rovell.
So, what about the bettors? After all, sportsbooks posted future odds for the AAF and people bet them.
In short, it’ll be like they never even happened — which, you have to admit, is on-brand for the AAF.
“As of right now, we have suspended betting on the AAF,” Jeff Sherman of the Westgate SuperBook said. “The league hasn’t announced whether or not it is folding at this moment but if it does, we will refund all future bets.”
But what if the league crowns Steve Spurrier’s Orlando Apollos, who have the best record at the moment, the league champion?
Well, the guys at the SuperBook have been around long enough to leave nothing like that to chance.
“Our future bets were to win the AAF Championship Game,” Sherman explained. “So if there is no championship game, the bets will be no action and refunded. We’ve seen start-up leagues fold before so we wanted to leave nothing to chance and be as definitive as possible.”
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In terms of betting traffic, the AAF never really caught on with speculators, despite a pretty promising Week 1 that had football fans genuinely excited.
“Weeks 1 and 2 were the biggest handles for us, but the betting was minimal, still,” Sherman said. “There were almost no recreational bettors or casual football fans betting it. It was mostly people shopping lines at different books. It was really minimal.”
I guess this qualifies as a pretty bad beat for those who got down on Orlando at 5-1 before the season started.