Vince McMahon Considers XFL Relaunch As NFL Fans Evaporate

WWE owner Vince McMahon is considering bringing back his ill-fated football league, the XFL, amid sagging NFL viewership and a racially charged kneeling epidemic of players who won't stand for the National Anthem which began during the summer 2016 pre-season. In a recent "30 for 30" documentary about the XFL, McMahon and his partner in the 2001 endeavor - former NBC Sports chairman Dick Ebersol, pondered the possibility of relaunching the league once promoted as having fewer rules and rougher play than other leagues.

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“I don’t know what it would be,” McMahon told Ebersol, adding “I don’t know if it’s gonna be another XFL or what it may be or how different I would make it. It seems like in some way it would tie in either with the NFL itself or the owners.”

Then, on Friday, journalist and pro wrestling fan Brad Shepard tweeted "EXCLUSIVE: Vince McMahon is looking to bring back the XFL and may announce it on January 25th, 2018." Then on Saturday, Shepard said that McMahon pointed to the "30 for 30" interview 

Without much else to go on, Deadspin's David Bixenspan approached the WWE - which neither confirmed nor denied the rumor, but did state that McMahon is "personally funding a separate entity from WWE, Alpha Entertainment, to explore investment opportunities across the sports and entertainment landscapes, including professional football," followed by another tweet stating that WWE has filed for two new XFL trademarks this year.  

And while the NFL has recently instituted a concussion protocol to address the league's growing brain injury epidemic, perhaps a rougher, more violent version of the NFL is exactly what America needs right now.

As Mike Florio of PFT writes, 

Arguably, the time may be right for the XFL or something like it. A November 2016 Sports Illustrated article regarding the current state of football in America created the distinct impression that fans want old-school football, with all the big hits and none of the obsessions over safety.


Those attitudes from fans coupled with the messages that invariably will be sent by the incoming Commander-in-Chief,” we wrote on November 16, 2016, “suggest that the time may be right for someone to roll the dice with $250 million or so in the hopes of launching a football league that would essentially operate like a modern-day XFL — loud, proud, violent, brutal, bloody, and everything that the NFL was before political, legal, and social sensitivities forced the league to change.”

Is Vince McMahon going to make football great again? 


J S Bach Cheka_Mate Sun, 12/17/2017 - 20:34 Permalink

I like it.The San Francisco Faggots vs. the Houston HerculeansWashington Redskins vs the Chicago ChinksBaltimore Blacks vs. Carolina CrackersThey could pit every politically correct persecuted group against one another ala the ancient gladiator games of Rome. They'd make a fortune.

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PhilofOz serotonindumptruck Sun, 12/17/2017 - 19:08 Permalink

If it has the same 11 or 12 minutes of actual action in an NFL game that goes for nearly four hours, interspersed with endless adverts, replays and guys standing around while listening to commentators drivel on, then forget it! I tried very hard to get into the game, but the monotony was just too much, sorry folks!Youtube some Aussie Rules football for just once and you'll wonder why you wasted your time with the numbing dullness of gridiron.

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Not Too Important PhilofOz Sun, 12/17/2017 - 20:25 Permalink

Just a little OT, but connected.

Saw on the news this AM that Disney and Nickelodeon viewership are down 53% and 54%,respectively. The billionaire toy king that now has the hottest toy for this Christmas, LOL Surprise, decided not to do any TV advertising at all. None. A billionaire toy king, the hottest toy of the season, and not a dime of TV advertising. He paid a few people to put up videos on YouTube of their kids opening the package. That's it. And it's now the hottest toy, out of stock at most places and going for $5,000 on eBay. An $18-20 dollar toy.

Traditional advertising/TV viewership is fading away, and much faster than I thought possible.

The advertisers are going to bail, and that's the end of that.

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karenm SMC Sun, 12/17/2017 - 19:21 Permalink

Anyone who believes the NFL's stadiums are empty because of that kneeling stunt doesn't understand the age old misdirection tactic. NFL isn't the only sports league with empty seats. All sports have empty seats, because the economy is in collapse mode right now.   

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two hoots Sun, 12/17/2017 - 18:35 Permalink

Can you imagine an America without football, pro, college, HS?   Pro sports, all, reek of discrimination, race, gender, age, handicap?   Surprised more agencies and private organizations aren't all over this, more law suits?   It is easy to see that physical abilities matter, they're visible, so it is accepted, but it is not allowed to  discriminate when mental abilities matters,  it is not visible, which seems to will continue.