The AAF ratings weren't terrible given the product and the expectations. Unlike the XFL, there was no WWF hype job building unreasonable expectations. Attendance was okay in some cities although my guess is there were lots of free or cut rate tickets, so those crowds generated little revenue. The big issue is it's just too expensive to start a pro football league from scratch due to the size of the rosters and the infrastructures those teams must have unless the money people want to lose a lot from the start without any promise of getting anything back soon. The idea of the AAF being a developmental league for the NFL, which NFL Europe was by the end, should have been pursued long before launch and long before the money mark who saved the AAF from folding after week 2 pledged his money.
I agree. It sounds like the NFL had a stake in this so why weren't/aren’t they involved in assisting to try and keep this league afloat. It seems like the connection to the NFL as a feeder league was done ass-backwards.