Team Tennessee "positive" about future of AAFL

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn (WVLT) -- The first season of the All-American Football League (AAFL) may still be delayed or cancelled, but a smokesperson for Team Tennessee says things are looking a little bit brighter after a meeting Friday.

Director of Public Relations for Team Tennessee, Nathan Kirkham, tells, things look more positive today.

"We're hopeful," Kirkham says. "Discussions have been productive and positive."

Kirkham said an announcement was made on a conference call last night that progress is being made with investors, and the league is in final negotiations toward a television deal.

He says the team is in a wait and see mode right now. They've told players to hold off on their travel plans to training camp until Monday. He says he hopes to know more sometime between Monday and Wednesday.

Training camp is set to begin on Wednesday of next week.

The AAFL blames the sub prime mortgage crisis saying that the league's finances are indirectly tied to the $300 billion federally guaranteed student loan asset backed securities market.

"We're ready to play," Kirkham told Thursday. "Our managers unloaded a half a semi full of equipment and we're ready to see the guys next week."

A phone call from to the AAFL media relations office still has not been returned.

The AAFL has been advertising on WVLT-TV and other television stations and newspapers in Knoxville for weeks.

They describe the league as a second chance to see some of the college stars you remember playing games against familiar foes.

Games are still scheduled to begin in mid-April. Tennessee home games were set for Neyland Stadium.

The Tennessee team is to be coached by former Vol star Andy Kelly. Alvin Harper, another former Vol and Dallas Cowboy wideout, was signed on to be an assistant coach.

Former UT Athletic Director Doug Dickey is on the AAFL board, according to the AAFL website.

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