The Orlando Apollos are the champions of the Alliance of American Football — betting-wise that is.
Betting site FanDuel has declared the Apollos as champions of the AAF and will pay out futures bets to individuals who put money on the team to win the title.
“The AAF should be commended for trying to do something disruptive in the sports landscape, and we hope this symbolic gesture shows the players and coaches that sports fans everywhere appreciated the hard work and sacrifices they made for entertaining us with spring football,” FanDuel Group chief marketing officer Mike Raffensperger said in a statement given to the Action Network. “While we’ve declared the Apollos honorary champions, we think the biggest winners should be our customers and hope they enjoy their payouts.”
The Apollos had the best record in the AAF at 7-1 when the league effectively shut down on Tuesday.
According to the Action Network, primary investor Tom Dundon elected to shut down the league after he could not come to an aggreement with the NFLPA that would allow the AAF to share players with the NFL.
This effectedly kept the AAF from becoming a feeder league for the NFL as Dundon envisioned for the organization. According to the Action Network, Dundon is estimated to have lost $70 million from his time with the league.
Fellow betting site DraftKings has not decided a champion as of yet, though a decision could be coming soon, and Westgate Sportsbook will not pay out futures bets because those particular wagers were on winning a championship game in particular.
Apollos coach Steve Spurrier told local station WFTV he believed the team should be declared champions on Tuesday.
“We’ve got to be the champs, right?” Spurrier said. “We’re 7-1 and the other teams are 5-3. … We started the season wanting to win the Alliance championship, and if they declare a champ, hopefully these guys will be declared the champs, because they certainly are deserving.”