WWE's Vince McMahon plans to start new pro football league again

27 January, 2018, 20:25 | Author: Tina Rodriquez
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McMahon said the National Football League controversies had nothing to do with the XFL re-launch and the plan had been in place "for some time". "I can say, 'Here are the rules, and as long as you are playing football in the stadium for us, you follow these rules, '" he explained.

"The new XFL is an exciting opportunity to reimagine America's favorite sport", said Vince McMahon. But the audience did not stick around on Saturday nights to watch bad football, lascivious cheerleader shots, sophomoric double entendres and other gimmicks that saw ratings plummet and quickly doomed the league.

He won the Super Bowl with the St. Louis Rams in 2000, an XFL championship with the Xtreme in 2001 and a Grey Cup with the Lions in 2006, becoming the only player in history to win a championship in all three leagues.

And after Trump has repeatedly taken aim on Twitter at NFL players who kneel for the national anthem in protest at police brutality against black people in the U.S., claiming that they are disrespecting the country and the flag, perhaps Vince McMahon saw an opportunity.

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The first player to scoop up the ball would win possession for his team.

It sounds, well, better than the original XFL, which - let's face it - was a disaster... aside from some of the cool innovations like mic'd up players and on-field cameras.

The most famous handle belonged to McCallum's Las Vegas Outlaws teammate Rod Smart, who had "He Hate Me" etched on his uniform.

McMahon also told Rovell he didn't want social issues to be part of the game.

The XFL was a spectacular financial failure in its first run, losing McMahon and United States television broadcaster NBC a reported US$70 million.

The main driving force behind the XFL is WWE chairman of the board and CEO, Vince McMahon, who is personally pumping $100 million of his own money into the project through Alpha Entertainment, a new private entity.

This is slightly fewer than the NFL's 53-man roster, but it's still a good number of players.



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