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FanDuel Sportsbook Names Orlando Apollos AAF Champions and Pays Out Bettors As League Crumbles

David Kaestle
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The Alliance of American Football (AAF), the secondary professional spring football league, didn't even survive its first full season.

After high hopes and ambition to be a legitimate offseason alternative to the NFL, the AAF seemingly had its troubles from the start. Despite a strong Week 1, the AAF's majority stake was sold to Tom Dundon (owner of the NHL's Carolina Hurricanes) soon after that.

Fast forward almost two months later and the AAF has ceased operations and seems to be on its way to folding completely.

Without making it to the end of its first season, the AAF will never get a true chance to crown a champion. But FanDuel Sportsbook is doing just that for anyone who bet on it.

The Orlando Apollos, coached by Steve Spurrier, were clearly the league's best team, holding a 7-1 record. With that in mind, FanDuel is taking it upon themselves to payout winnings to anyone who placed a bet on the Orlando Apollos to win the title.

The Sportsbook could have easily graded all of those bets as "no contest" and just returned the bettor's money, but they took it a step further and paid out people in good faith. Meanwhile, the AAF didn't show much of that to their players, leaving them high and dry after shutting down their league.


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David Kaestle is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, David also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username davekaestle. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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