XFL 2.0: Vince McMahon’s company teases “major sports announcement”

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Vince McMahon’s plans to give the XFL a second try appear closer than ever, with a “major sports announcement” set for today.

Alpha Entertainment, the sports business McMahon funded by selling $100 million of WWE stock, today said it will have a major announcement at 3 p.m. Eastern. That announcement will be another attempt at starting a professional football league, according to ESPN.

McMahon launched the XFL for one season in 2001. Despite enormous attention and high ratings for its first game, it was not successful and didn’t last beyond that year.

But McMahon has always been tempted to try it again and now he’s going to. The full details will be announced later today, but suffice to say he thinks there’s room for another pro football league in America.

58 responses to “XFL 2.0: Vince McMahon’s company teases “major sports announcement”

  1. It will be great for the NFL! Scripted games where the refs determine the outcome. People will see the difference between men making a call in a tenth of a second to someone ACTUALLY rigging the game.

  2. I can tell you one thing, no one will be sitting during the anthem in McMahon’s league. Not that I personally care what these football players think, but a lot of America does, and it may have created an opening Vinnie Mac can take advantage of.

  3. I’ve always despised McMahon but if this ends up being a wakeup call to the NFL then I’m all for it.

  4. There is room for another pro football league in America. What would be best is that this league in some way actually associates with the NFL to become kind of a minor-league or developmental league where each franchise can supply a certain amount of players just to get them playing time. Lets be real…a 53 man roster isnt enough in the NFL, and with the amount of injuries in this league a team having the ability to “call up” someone from an XFL franchise would be beneficial for all involved.

  5. This will be good for the guys that come out of college, latch on to an NFL team as an undrafted player, play their arse off, but get cut due to the 53 man roster. Players that deserve a spot on a roster, but fall because of numbers. I’m not saying the XFL will be a farm team because who knows, they could be in direct competition with the NFL for top players. I just hope this is REAL football and not the WWE version where it’s fully fixed. It’s okay if it is partly fixed like the NFL…hmm hmm Patriots…hmm hmm Patriots.

  6. pkrlvr says:
    January 25, 2018 at 10:57 am
    I can tell you one thing, no one will be sitting during the anthem in McMahon’s league. Not that I personally care what these football players think, but a lot of America does, and it may have created an opening Vinnie Mac can take advantage of

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    Oh so you can see into the future and you know what’s going to happen? You should probably stop wasting your time here and go do some gambling and buy some lottery tickets then Nostradamus

  7. dartmouthstevens says:
    January 25, 2018 at 10:53 am

    It will be great for the NFL! Scripted games where the refs determine the outcome. People will see the difference between men making a call in a tenth of a second to someone ACTUALLY rigging the game.
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    Which one is the NFL and which one is the XFL 2.0?

  8. I love it. I was disappointed when the XFL ended. There’s definitely room for more pro football in the US. The NFL should embrace this and work with McMahon rather than actively trying to kill off any other pro leagues. No, the NCAA is NOT the answer because they players can only ply 4-5 years. Then, they have only a couple choices after college. The NFL really needs a “minor league” or something like the XFL if they’re too cheap to pay for a minor league.

  9. Don’t make teams all over the country. To keep costs down (travel, logistics), make it a regional/same side of country thing. So team in Tallahassee, Birmingham, Memphis, Louisville etc…or St Louis, OKC, Memphis…if you have these team going cross country, just maximizes costs. All “secondary” pro leagues to start have to try to cap expenses to keep things from going crazy…USFL didn’t learn when they started handing $40m contracts out, with markets spread everywhere.

  10. It the league plays during the lull in sports when basketball is over, the NFL draft is over, and baseball is just starting it’s 5000 game season then I would tune in on Sunday afternoons.

    It would be great for them to time the season such that players who didn’t get drafted, players that got cut last year, and aging vets who want another shot in the NFL are all given a chance to show case what they can do before training camps really get fired up for the preseason.

  11. Also I love the idea of trying to keep it regional. Imagine Alabama alumni who didn’t make it to the NFL playing on a Birmingham XFL team?

    Take a guy like Tim Tebow or Greg McElroy…those guys are hometown legends but didn’t make it in the NFL. Imagine them playing for their local team.

  12. it’s too bad they won’t have Freddie Blassie, Lou Albano and the Grand Wizard for head coaches. They’d elevate trash-talking in football to a whole new level.

    I suppose they could always bring in Tomlin…he has the raw skills and could possibly up his game to their level.

  13. I’m gonna go out on a limb and predict that Kaepernick probably wouldn’t ‘stand’ being in this league. They probably don’t want him either.

  14. “joetoronto says:
    January 25, 2018 at 10:57 am
    I’ve always despised McMahon but if this ends up being a wakeup call to the NFL then I’m all for it.”

    Since the days of the AFL, no league has ever competed against the NFL and not failed. The absolute best case is it can coexist as a subpar product, much like the cfl, which nobody takes seriously.

    Do you really think people are going to watch washed up has-beens, or guys not good enough to play real ball over the NFL? We’re talking any a league where the browns would dominate, and it wouldn’t be close

  15. mrgdawg says:
    January 25, 2018 at 12:23 pm

    I’m all for watching a league that actually has parody.
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    I’m not sure if you mean this league will be a parody of the NFL or if you’re trying to use the word “parity.” Either works, I guess.

  16. He will target low income environments of D I prospects and pay them Immediately out of high school. With promises of grooming them for the NFL 3 years down the road. This will kill the
    GREEDY NCAA, which has dodged paying these kids that pack 100,000 seat stadiums for years. And I for one can’t wait.

  17. Give the players let’s say 3 years guaranteed contracts. Place teams in non traditional pro football markets plus mix in a couple college football hotbed locations. Recruit players out of high school to go straight to your league to get paid. It could work that way.

  18. Millionaires trying to compete with Billionaires.

    1 season should be enough to bankrupt them (again)

  19. There’s enough drama and crying in these threads by grown men I’m sure this league will flourish. In fact, what are you people waiting for, go try out now!

  20. Say what you want about the XFL…… Did it ultimately fail the first
    time around? Yes, but it wasn’t without a lot of positive things
    coming out of it. In fact, the XFL changed the way the NFL presented
    its product. From cameras and angles, to more on-field microphones and
    overall presentation, the XFL revolutionized the way football was
    visually presented. (Plus, their football looked pretty sweet.)

    That said, the XFL failed for a lot of reasons, but the primary one is
    that they legitimately thought they could compete with the NFL.
    Obviously, this is not going to happen. However, if they rework their
    ultimate goal and focus more on the development of players and giving
    guys that don’t make the final cut in the NFL another outlet to play the
    game, I think they could do something good. Today, more-so than ever
    in the past, there are a lot of talented football players that just
    aren’t quite ready for the NFL for 1 reason or another. If the XFL
    comes back and is not presented as an over-the-top sideshow lie it was
    the first time around, and it presented itself as a well put together,
    organized, and serious league so that they can attract better players,
    there might be some potential there. And, obviously, the rules would
    have to be adjusted in a way that makes for a bit of a safer game. Do
    they have to go as far as the NFL does? Definitely not, but rules would
    have to be modified.

    Also, remember that the TV landscape is a lot different than it used to
    be. While I am sure they would love a national TV deal, if that isn’t
    feasible, the WWE already has a distribution outlet with their own WWE
    Network. So, their network is a resource that they didn’t have before
    that could be used to help them if necessary.

    All in all, while it may be a long shot for it to work, I think with a
    different mission statement, a better product with better players, and a
    more professional presentation, there is room for more football,
    especially during the NFL off-season. I think any football fan should
    root for it to succeed because, in the end, more places for guys to play
    and develop their skills is a good thing for the NFL.

  21. amace04 says:
    January 25, 2018 at 12:08 pm

    The absolute best case is it can coexist as a subpar product, much like the cfl, which nobody takes seriously.
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    Why do people always rag on the CFL? It’s likely taken more seriously than the NFL at this point. At least I never hear about their commissioner committing fraud in order to try and force league parity.

  22. I’ve always despised McMahon but if this ends up being a wakeup call to the NFL then I’m all for it.
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    Why despise him? He’s a self made millionaire who gives more back to the fans than any other “sport” while also being a huge supporter of our armed forces, make a wish, Susan g Komen, etc.

  23. Oh so you can see into the future and you know what’s going to happen? You should probably stop wasting your time here and go do some gambling and buy some lottery tickets then Nostradamus
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    McMahon said there will be no politics (of any kind) and no social issues,
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    You were saying…..

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