Count the Central Florida athletic department among the entities left in the lurch by the Alliance of American Football’s sudden suspension of operations.
UCF’s Spectrum Stadium was the home stadium for the AAF’s Orlando Apollos, who ended up playing three home games before the league stopped operations. And according to the Orlando Sentinel, UCF hasn’t received any rent for those three games. And needs to be reimbursed for operating expenses associated with those three games.
The Alliance signed a three-year lease for the Apollos to play a total of 15 home games at Spectrum Stadium for $75,000 per game. That comes to a total of more than $1.1 million, which is technically what the Alliance owes UCF for not living up to the terms of the entire lease. But when the league suspended operations, the Knights were owed close to $100,000 for the out-of-pocket expenses in addition to three game’s worth of rent ($225,000).
UCF could pursue legal action to get the money it’s owed. But it’d likely join a long line of people and businesses who had contracts and agreements broken when the AAF shut down abruptly last week.
And it’s fair to wonder if trying to get something out of the near-folded league would be worth it for UCF anyway. Yeah, not being reimbursed for $100,000 and not getting rent for three games is far from ideal, but UCF is in a much better spot than many of the players and league employees who were left without jobs and anticipated paychecks when the league went under.
UCF set a $13.4 million fundraising record in 2018 after an undefeated 2017 football season. It’ll survive just fine without the AAF. Others, however, are scrambling.
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Nick Bromberg is a writer for Yahoo Sports.
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