XFL plans to spend $500 million over first three seasons

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Vince McMahon says he’s planning to spend what it takes to keep the XFL in business longer than just the one year it lasted in its first incarnation.

McMahon says he’s ready to spend $500 million over the first three seasons of the XFL, which is slated to launch in 2020, according to ESPN.

When McMahon first announced he was bringing the XFL back, he sold $100 million worth of WWE stock to get it off the ground. But that’s only a small part of the league’s expenses.

“People were focused on the $100 million, but the truth is that doesn’t even get us to the 20-yard line,” XFL Commissioner Oliver Luck told ESPN.

Luck said the biggest expense will be player and coach salaries, and Luck said the average XFL salary will be around $75,000, with the possibility for well-known players to make significantly more than that.

Spending $500 million in three years sounds like a lot, but it’s a drop in the bucket compared to the NFL, which spends more than $5 billion a year just on player salaries.

50 responses to “XFL plans to spend $500 million over first three seasons

  1. I am excited to see a new league. I think McMahon probably learned a lot in the first run, and America will be hungry to see how they differ in the early phase I imagine. The love affair with America and the NFL is at a weird place right now. Lots of people angry for very NON FOOTBALL related reasons. If the XFL can keep itself out of the political limelight… It might be able to present a purer form of the game in all honesty. Which is kind of funny since the XFL’s first run was so chock full of gimmicks.

  2. Crazy to think about all the good that could be done with that money VS dumping it into another football start up league that will at best have a 20% chance to succeed.

  3. Hard to spend any money at all when there are no teams, no games, no nothing but the name.

    Imagine yourself being asked to invest or partner with the XFL: They’re miles behind the other new startup league so guaranteed one of these two scenarios will occur: 1. AAF launches and bombs, making it foolish to try the exact same idea. 2. AAF does well meaning the XFL will be competing against both the NFL and this other new successful league. That’s a lose-lose proposition.

  4. Will be interesting to see where they put their franchises. Hopefully, they expand out more than the AAF did with all Southern state franchises.

    Would like to see one of the upstart leagues come in with a 18 year old age limit. That way it can give another option for those coming out of high school if they do not want to play college.

  5. Can he just give me a couple million of that? It’s busted getting pissed away anyway and I’ll put it to better use.

  6. Offer a signing bonus to any NFL player that jumps ship and allow players to use medical marijuana and they may have a shot.

  7. Not Vince McMahons fault that the No Fun League spends 5 billion a year on salsries for those disrespectful, ungrateful players.
    None of them should make more than $500,000 a year.
    Some owners are finally getting fed up though, and forcing these players to beg.
    The players will soon realize that they will only deserve what the owners are willing to give them.
    Accept it, or end up like Kaep and Reid.
    They can play in the league for $200,000 or go back to the streets and see how that works out for them in the long run.

  8. I don’t know how many people will watch, but there are fans for everything. Some people watch auto racing. Some have never seen an auto race. Some watch golf. Many can’t stand golf. Lots of us watch fighting. One thing we all know is many, many people will watch hours upon hours of NFL football. I’d say the closer this league can get to NFL football, the longer it will be around. The type of fans this league really needs are the fans that buy products that are advertised on TV during games. Those are the type fans the NFL has been able to score.

  9. Why not just add two two expansion teams to the NFL. With LA and Florida getting another team each.

  10. I think I’ll just stick to watching College ball. I have slowed way down on watching the NFL. Saturday is now my relax time and beer drinking time. Sunday has now become get things done that need to be done around the house.

  11. So we have the Spring League (which doesn’t seem to be much more than a way to find players who can fill the bottom of a roster at best), the AAFL (who is hiring all kinds of ex-nfl talent as coaches and GMs) and the XFL (which promises to bring back “real” football). Which of these is actually going to be for real and fun to watch…..I can’t put much stock into any since we have seen so many flame out quickly. And if the XFL is anything like the original version, count me out. But looking forward to seeing who actually sticks….we need another league or minor league like what the NFL had with NFL Europe.

  12. Want to win fans over and make your broadcasts look better? Make the seats cheap – 5, 10, 15, 20 buck seats plus free parking and that’s it. Then sell your food and drink at cost. You will get fans to show up, have a good time and not feel ripped off. A family of 4 going to an NFL game is a 1,000 day when you add in parking, food, ticket etc.

  13. Not a waste of money. Every penny will be protected under our current corporate tax laws. Also, he will he able to write off all attorney and insurance fees and any broadcasting revenue generated will be his to keep. It will fail, but the 1%er will make money. Before you say he’s taking all the risk, it’s not a gamble if there’s no way you can lose.

  14. So with all of the concussion talk, this league potentially going to bring back the big hits, how does that wash?

  15. I’m wondering how any businessman who sees the NFL viewership numbers could think that starting a new league with inferior talent is a good idea?
    Between CTE, anthem protesters, constant flag throwing and millennial cord cutters we’re seeing fewer and fewer fans watching games.
    How the heck are a bunch of NFL practice squad cuts gonna attract ratings?
    I just think it’t the wrong time for a new league.

  16. Why would Football purists complain about having a new league? These leagues will make football fun and affordable. Who wouldn’t want to watch an XFL vs AAF National Kings Game?

    Bring it.

    St Louis Stallions(XFL) vs San Diego Seals (AAF) NKG 2020!

  17. Is it weird that all of the people who bemoan politics in football also support jailing children and allowing unchecked police brutality against minorities?

    Do you just not like thinking about it?

  18. lambeauwest says:
    June 29, 2018 at 5:45 pm

    So with all of the concussion talk, this league potentially going to bring back the big hits, how does that wash?
    ———————

    They aren’t bringing back the big hits.

  19. Jake Cunningham says:
    June 29, 2018 at 4:12 pm
    I think I’ll just stick to watching College ball. I have slowed way down on watching the NFL. Saturday is now my relax time and beer drinking time. Sunday has now become get things done that need to be done around the house.
    ======================================================
    I did that last year and it was great. I spent Saturdays on college football and avoided the NFL like a plague. I have been a Patriots fan since 1960 but last year was the first time in my life I didn’t watch one minute of any NFL game.
    It had nothing to do with players kneeling. I stayed away because the NFL has changed too many rules and become very boring.

  20. College football is awesome. Not enough of those people can get on a roster. No reason the product can’t skim enough extra cream from the crop to be awesomer than college.

  21. You can blow that kind of coin when your worth 3 billion. Hell,
    he even bought his wife a job in the Trump administration.

  22. Vince, we all appreciate the great public service you are doing for the great game that we love. Whether you are “NFL or bust” or not, this will be beneficial for the sport and force professional leagues to make the best decisions, and put out the best product possible, as opposed to not caring about the details since a monopoly exists.

  23. One of the deadly sins is going to get you Vince,greed. You’re a wrestling promoter, period.Your gimmicks with football all have a taste of the wrestling ring. The league will be a traveling carnival,but not for long.

  24. Daniel M. Petersen says:
    June 29, 2018 at 4:24 pm

    So we have the Spring League (which doesn’t seem to be much more than a way to find players who can fill the bottom of a roster at best), the AAFL (who is hiring all kinds of ex-nfl talent as coaches and GMs) and the XFL (which promises to bring back “real” football). Which of these is actually going to be for real and fun to watch…..I can’t put much stock into any since we have seen so many flame out quickly. And if the XFL is anything like the original version, count me out. But looking forward to seeing who actually sticks….we need another league or minor league like what the NFL had with NFL Europe.
    ————————————————————————-

    Don’t forget it was Embersol kid who basically stole XFL idea and tried to screw McMahon. He knew Vince was launching XFL so he did a DOC about it, made fun of it but then said things like “another league could of worked” then 6 months later announced he was starting his own! If Vince knew that he would of never done that DOC. XFL will thrive, it’s not going to be right away and even Vince knows that. But by 2026 XFL will beat NFL

  25. If Roger keeps throwing his own players under the bus like Winston, you may see them here or AAF. And NO Winston has NO criminal record.

    I hope both leagues thrive and try a short test fall season to see how that works. Especially if they are in different markets and on TV at diff times. Say Sunday at 10am (rather watch a game then the garbage the pregame shows have become, of Monday West Coast 11pm start etc…

    Go for it.

  26. sojournofred says:
    June 29, 2018 at 3:43 pm
    So if $100 million doesn’t even get you to the 20 yard line, don’t they need more than $500 million to go 100 yards?

    …………………………

    20×5 =100

    500÷100=5

    So, assuming 100 mil is almost enough to get 20% of the way, then 500 mil is almost enough to get 100% of the way…

    Of course, anyone who knows football, knows that starting at the 20 is something that happens automatically most of the time. When someone is trying to “get to” the 20, it would mean the opponent’s 20. Which would be 80% of the way, or 75% of the way if you assume starting at your own 20. In which case, 100 mil gets you almost 80% or almost 75%, and 500 mil gets you 5x that

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