The recently-formed AAF (Alliance of American Football) League is facing many of the same challenges as other start-ups. But some of the more unique ones include a team that has to practice in a different state.
The state of Florida excludes professional athletes from receiving workers’ compensation because it does not consider them employees. Existing Florida-based professional sports teams have managed to find insurance companies who will cover the teams in case of injury, since the state refuses to. The AAF, however, has not managed to find a company that will because the league is too new.
Fortunately, the state of Georgia has risen to the occasion. In exchange for the Orlando Apollos spending fifty-one percent of their practice days across Georgia state lines, Georgia will cover the team for workers’ compensation. That means that the team will have to travel to a hotel in Jacksonville and then take a bus thirty minutes to Kingsland, GA.
As AAF CEO Charlie Ebersol told an Orlando Newspaper: “We really need to make sure we take the necessary steps to take care of our players. Our responsibility is always to do what we must do to make sure our players have the best available coverage.”