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AAF Facing Discontinuation if NFLPA Doesn’t Play Ball

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The AAF may already be facing it’s demise as it is hoping it can secure a deal with the NFLPA that would allow the NFL to cypher young talent to the league, treating the AAF as a true developmental league moving forward.

Alliance of American Football majority owner Tom Dundon said on Wednesday that the league, which is in it’s first year, is in danger of shutting down should the NFLPA opt not to close in on such a deal with the league.

“If the players union is not going to give us young players, we can’t be a development league,” Dundon said, according to USA Today’s Kevin Allen and Mike Jones. “We are looking at our options, one of which is discontinuing the league.”

It seems that the AAF may be “one and done” after doing whatever it could to ensure it beat Vince McMahon and his XFL to the punch, rushing to get AAF up, running, and playing football prior to the launch of the XFL in 2020.

It seems that rushed process may end up costing AAF in the end.

As to why the NFLPA hasn’t jumped into some sort of partnership with the AAF, the report, which cites an anonymous NFLPA official, indicates that there are some concerns from the NFLPA’s end in allowing players to go to the AAF.

“The person said the players’ union is founded on the belief that using active NFL players and practice squad members for the AAF would violate the terms of the CBA and the restrictions that prevent teams from holding mandatory workouts and practices throughout the offseason. The limitations set in place are designed to ensure the safety and adequate rest and recovery time for football players. But there’s a concern that teams would abuse their power and perhaps force young players into AAF action as a condition for consideration for NFL roster spots in the fall.”

This week will be critical in determining the future for the AAF.

Anthony DiMoro is the creator of Sports Rants and the CEO of Elite Rank Media and DiMoro Enterprises LLC. He is a former Contributor for Forbes and the Huffington Post where he covered sports, social media, and SEO. Anthony hosts the Anthony DiMoro Show podcast, and formerly hosted the 'Forbes SportsMoney Podcast'.

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Former WWE Superstar Ashley Massaro Dead at 39

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Former WWE superstar and 2005 Diva Search Winner Ashley Massaro has died at the age of 39, according to a report from TMZ.

Massaro was transported from her home in Suffolk County, NY to a nearby hospital where she died early Thursday morning, per the report which cited officials. Massaro’s death is currently being classified as “non-criminal.”

Massaro was most known for her appearances at WWE’s annual extravaganza, WrestleMania, and she competed in a WWE Women’s Championship match against Melina at Wrestlemania 23 back in 2007, and then a Playboy BunnyMania LumberJill match at Wrestlemania 24 in 2008.

Massaro was the cover girl for the April 2007 edition of Playboy and also appeared on “Survivor: China” in 2007, where she was voted off in the second episode.

Massaro left WWE in 2008 but returned to professional wrestling by joining an independent company in 2017.

WWE released a statement regarding Massaro’s passing on their official website.

“We are saddened to learn of the tragic death of former WWE Superstar Ashley Massaro. She performed in WWE from 2005-2008 and was beloved by her fellow Superstars and fans around the world.

WWE offers its condolences to Ashley’s family and friends.”

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Pro Wrestler Silver King Dies In Ring During London Match

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Professional wrestler Silver King, real name César Cuauhtémoc González Barrón, died after collapsing in the ring during a match in London, he was 51 years old, according to a report from FOX News.

Silver King was performing in the Lucha Libre show at the Roundhouse when he died and the promotion took to Twitter to issue the following statement:

“Last night Silver King sadly lost his life during an event at the Roundhouse. At this stage the details are still being investigated so we don’t have more information we can share,” Roundhouse tweeted. “Our thoughts and condolences are with his family, friends and all of the Lucha Libre team.”

According to the promotion, Silver King was to perform as the villain Ramses, the character he portrayed in the 2006 film Nacho Libre, which starred Jack Black and went on to have notable success.

Silver King collapsed to the floor after a kick to the side of his body and other performers participating in the match did not notice anything was wrong initially.

“It seemed to be part of the show at first, but then he didn’t get up – and then the medical team was on the stage,” members of the audience said, according to the Camden New Journal. “Everybody was cleared out and lots of police and ambulances were there.”

The London Ambulance Service said that while paramedics arrived on the scene only five minutes after the 12:01 am call, Silver King was pronounced dead at the scene, according to a report from Sky News.

WWE released the following statement regarding his passing:

“A champion luchador in his native Mexico, Silver King, real name César Cuauhtémoc González Barrón, entertained audiences across the globe, and was a standout in WCW’s Cruiserweight division in the late ’90s,” WWE said int he statement. “Outside the ring, he appeared under a mask as the villainous Ramses in the popular 2006 comedy “Nacho Libre.”

“WWE extends its deepest condolences to Silver King’s family, friends and fans,” WWE continued.

Jack Black took to his Instagram page to issue the following:

 

 

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César González…vaya con dios, hermano 💙

A post shared by Jack Black (@jackblack) on May 11, 2019 at 9:06pm PDT

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Neymar Suspended 3 Games for Punching Fan in Stands

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Neymar’s Paris Saint-Germain club had just lost to Stade Rennes in a 6-5 penalty shootout, and following the loss the 27-year old superstar and his team had to go through the crowd to get their second place medals.

That’s where things got a little of hand for Neymar and a fan in the stands.

As Neymay traveled through the crowd he claims a fan lurched at him and began shouting various insults which prompted Neymar to punch him in the face. Neymar later stated that; “I was wrong but I don’t have cockroach blood.”

The fan who was struck claims he suffered a bloody nose and a split lip from the punch and Neymar was hit with a 3-game suspension from the French Football Federation, a suspension the team has described as “severe.”

PSG and Neymar will appeal the suspension.

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