Move Over NFL, the XFL Is Back!

Dora Pope
January 26, 2018

This league was the XFL, and while it originally only lasted one season, today, McMahon announced it's coming back.

McMahon said they are nowhere near ready to choose which cities will have teams but he said fans can expect eight teams with 40-man rosters to play a 10-game schedule beginning in late January or early February.

However, there also plans to bring in certain players, and McMahon mentioned Manziel by name.

McMahon believes the quality of play is what turned people off from the league.

"It'll have nothing to do with politics or social issues, we're here to play football". "We want someone who wants to take a knee to do their version of that on their personal time".

WWE Chairman Vince McMahon is reportedly planning to relaunch the XFL in 2020.

The original XFL was announced just a year before its debut, and McMahon said he deliberately allowed two years between Thursday's announcement and the league's restart in 2020, because he believes the league will need more time to secure deals for stadiums and media rights. The top players in college football went to the NFL, which would continue to be the biggest hurdle for a young league to cross.

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McMahon, above all, stressed that this will be a fan-based experience and the XFL will deliver what fans want.

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NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told ESPN that the league will have no comment on McMahon's upstart league.

"This would certainly be an opportunity we would be interested in discussing and possibly bringing to our city venues", Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer's press secretary Cassandra Lafser said.

During the press call Thursday, McMahon did not directly address whether XFL players would be required to stand for the anthem.

The two-year wait before taking the field marks a more methodical approach after McMahon's first league was rushed onto the field in 2001. The original incarnation of the XFL was a joint venture between WWE (then-WWF) and NBC with McMahon and former NBC executive Dick Ebersol spearheading the project. The first player to get a hold of the ball would determine possession. When asked specifically about the national anthem, McMahon said that there would be rules about the national anthem that would be very clear to the players in the new league. "The audience wants entertainment with football, and that's what we are going to give them".

Vince doesn't believe the XFL will get in his way of his WWE operations and he will still be the head of WWE.

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