The AFL may be under fire after the way Pittsburgh Power players were treated since the team closed shop last month.
Power, finished 15-3 last season (made playoffs), were forced to cease operations despite signing a lease with the Consol Energy Center through 2016, an increase in ticket sales, and an extended partnership with Trib Total Media. Team presidents, Matt Shaner and Lynn Swann have yet to give explanations on why the franchise has folded, but has sparked some frustration among teammates.
The AFL Players Union (AFLPU) are closely working with the league and the Power to save the four-year franchise but according to Pittsburgh’s players, the situation was not handled in a proper way.
“The Pittsburgh Power, Matt Shaner and Lynn Shaw have given us two weeks to move out of housing,” A Pittsburgh Power player said to the AFLPU days ago. “This is a terrible holiday surprise because some of us have our families living with us and have no other place to go. This is a true indication of the lack of care and total disrespect this league has for us as players.”
The AFLPU will be monitoring the Power and the league on their 2015 status. According to a league source, the chances are 50% of the Power returning by next season.
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