By Shaun Szkolnik, sports editor
BIRMINGHAM — With news of the impending suspension of operation for the Alliance of American Football, the Birmingham Iron has released a statement about the likely demise of the league and its franchise.
The statement was signed by Iron Head Coach Tim Lewis and General Manager Joe Pendry.
The Iron is one of eight teams in the AAF league and was set to go to the first ever playoff round.
“…we were shocked and incredibly disappointed to learn of the board’s decision to suspend football operations,” the statement said.
Representatives for The Iron praised the quality of the product and the management while pointing out that challenges facing the league could have been corrected over time.
“Charlie Ebersol and Bill Polian delivered a quality football product that fans nationally were watching on TV, online, and here in Birmingham on every game day…,” the statement said. “While all startups encounter some challenges, we believed ours could be addressed in the offseason, after successful completion to our first season.”
The Iron brought together talent from around Alabama and forged it into a solid football team with a solid record and bright future.
The Iron is hopeful that it will have information from the AAF about how to process ticket refunds soon.