Vince McMahon is going after the NFL again, as he announced today announced that XFL will kick off in early 2020. It will be very different from the NFL, family-friendly, and cross-platform viewing.
You can read the release here:
The XFL will deliver a fan-centric, innovative experience, including shorter, fast-paced games and a family-friendly environment, complemented by cross-platform viewing options and real-time fan engagement.
Plans for the XFL at launch include eight teams, 40-man active rosters and a 10-week regular-season schedule, with a postseason consisting of two semifinal playoff games and a championship game.
“The new XFL is an exciting opportunity to reimagine America’s favorite sport,” said McMahon. “As we move towards kickoff, we look forward to listening and implementing innovative ideas from players, coaches, medical experts, technology executives, the media and most importantly football fans.”
McMahon, a visionary and an accomplished business executive, is personally funding this venture through Alpha Entertainment, a new private entity. McMahon will continue as WWE Chairman & CEO.
Queen’s Decree – I think most of us heard the rumors that McMahon was going to try XFL again, and I’m sure most of us wonder why, and if this is coming from McMahon being out of the loop with today’s society. I don’t know why McMahon is back on his XFL kick, but I’m hoping that this takes some of his focus off the WWE. It didn’t last time, but he’s nowhere near as young as he was in 2001 and is taking his time with this re-envisioning of professional football. Only time will tell if this version of the XFL will be successful, but I think it’s an interesting concept if executed well, as I thought the first time McMahon debuted the XFL. But what will the XFL be without Jesse ‘The Body’ Ventura inciting arguments?