Vince McMahon aims to “re-imagine” football

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Sometimes, where there’s smoke, there really is a raging fire.

In this case, the smoke signals regarding a potential return of the XFL has resulted in an announcement that, indeed, the league will be back. The XFL has set a target date of January 2020 for its re-launch.

The plan, for now, will be to have eight teams in yet-to-be-selected cities, and those eight teams would play a 10-game season, with four teams advancing to the playoffs. The teams are expected to consist of 40-player rosters.

The season, as currently envisioned, would dovetail with the end of the NFL season, with Week One landing on the Sunday between the NFL’s conference championship games and the Super Bowl.

But it won’t be the same XFL that arrived on the scene 17 years ago. This XFL will be family friendly and driven by technology, with no cheerleaders or other salacious content, no hard-nosed rules like a scramble for the ball to determine the kickoff or the elimination of the fair catch on punt returns.

The goal, as XFL founder Vince McMahon recently told PFT by phone, will be to “re-imagine” football.

“It’s still football, but what would you do?” McMahon said. “Would it be a faster game? We really want to have a faster game. Would we have less commercials? Would you stream it as well as broadcast it? How would that look?”

Those aren’t just rhetorical questions. McMahon plans to seek and rely heavily on the wishes of the fans, and he’s already assuming that fans would like to see the game fit within a window of two hours, not three.

“You have to listen to the audience and the experts,” McMahon explained. “We’ll be asking football fans what they want and what they don’t want.”

What McMahon will need is cash. Rumors of an XFL return grew when McMahon recently sold $100 million of WWE stock to fund Alpha Entertainment, LLC, which will own and operate the new XFL.

“I’ve always wanted to get back into it,” McMahon explained. He emphasized the value of live sports in today’s ever-changing media landscape, with its power to bring a large audience together, on a variety of platforms.

“We want to keep the older demographic who won’t be using a second device when watching at home,” McMahon said. “We want to appeal to a younger demographic who may not be watching football, and everyone in between.”

Ultimately, the focal point will be football and only football. McMahon said there will be no politics (of any kind) and no social issues, and that the game play will be driven by a desire to simplify the rules, and to learn from mistakes made by past professional football leagues.

And while McMahon said he has no desire to compete with or agitate the NFL, there was a hint of shade at the established pro football property.

“I think we’re gonna know what a catch is,” McMahon said.

33 responses to “Vince McMahon aims to “re-imagine” football

  1. I’m happy to see they’ve learned from the past and won’t repeat the same mistakes as the XFL in the early 2000’s and look forward to Vince McMahon committing a whole slew of new mistakes and miscalculations…

  2. “You have to listen to the audience and the experts,” McMahon explained. “We’ll be asking football fans what they want and what they don’t want.”

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    What they are going to want to see is player talent. The league wont have enough of it to attract enough fans. Heck, the NFL is already short on QB talent, whats the XFL going to roll out? Johnny football???

  3. It would prob be better if it started around FA or the draft. Most of the people I know want a break at this time of year. It should also dove tail with the NFL offseason so guys who typically don’t stick on NFL rosters can get some experience and exposure without jeopardizing a chance of getting signed for the offseason program.

  4. Only 40-man rosters? I guess it won’t be the all out gladiatorial combat that some bozos were looking for.

  5. I wonder if challenging college football would be a better route than challenging the NFL. Offer college recruits a chance to earn actual money and aren’t hindered from earning money outside of football with no sanctions. You might be able to attract some of the better players which in turn would result in a better product. They would still be NFL eligible after 3 years.

  6. McMahon said there will be no politics (of any kind) and no social issues,
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    Just called this in the other story and had some guy blast me for it…lol. No way VM will allow the personal/social justice stuff to enter into the equation….like it or not.

  7. New pro football league. Lots of excitement. Big ratings to start. Teams made up of marginal NFL players, and ex college players who never caught on. A few token NFL stars sign for mega bucks. Lots of publicity. “Is this the end of the NFL?” Novelty wears off. Ratings go down. Franchises can’t make payroll. Best players start jumping back to the NFL. Franchises relocate to smaller cities, then fold. League sues NFL for anti-trust in hopes of forcing a merger. Lose lawsuit, or win with minimal damages. ($3.00, anyone?) League folds. Three years tops.

  8. “Those aren’t just rhetorical questions. McMahon plans to seek and rely heavily on the wishes of the fans, and he’s already assuming that fans would like to see the game fit within a window of two hours, not three.”

    Considering he has spent years ignoring fans that plead “Please make Raw 2 hours! 3 hours is too long of a show!” I highly doubt that.

  9. If they do this right, this could be a good deal. The USFL had it’s niche, but was mismanaged financially. Take that on-field blue print and get the financials in good shape and you have something.
    In the USFL, the players played for the joy of the game and not the money. It would be nice to see that again.

  10. Cool. I’d rather watch a bunch of marginal players play real football than watch talented players play patty cakes for 8 minutes with 3.5 hours of commercials.

  11. patriotmaleorgy says:
    January 25, 2018 at 3:20 pm

    The one ironic thing here will be these football games won’t be fixed.
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    Unless there’s a team in Boston and they happen to win, then you’ll be all over the internet whining about it chip, lol.

  12. Just called this in the other story and had some guy blast me for it…lol. No way VM will allow the personal/social justice stuff to enter into the equation….like it or not.

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    Donald trump was on WWE raw

  13. Vince is notorious for living in a bubble and having no clue what is taking place outside that bubble. I’d be shocked if he even knows the rules of football. This is a guy that once had to be told what a burrito is

  14. sounds like it has a lot of potential….ask the fans what they want, and give it to em, sounds like a win

  15. Ehh, still going to be way behind on the NFL in product. They will need actual stars to be competition. If they can take some college players that won’t to leave earlier than the 3 yr rule, maybe they have a slight chance. Even if that happens those players may just use the XFL to make some quick money and the NFL attention.

  16. I listened to the news conference, I was surprised he took the hard line stance on “criminals”…There are people who make mistakes and don’t do it again…….right?

    As long as it’s not the male equivalent of the Legends Football League I’ll give it a go..

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