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The offical XFL Thread

TurfaholicTurfaholic It's not too complicated, but you're gonna need a bulletproof soul The Bay 2 Sin CityMembers Posts: 20,428 ✭✭✭✭✭
Turfaholic wrote: »
I think it's time to bring back the XFL. 🤬 was ahead of its time.

I posted that June 3rd 2017
In 2001, the WWE (then the WWF) and NBC launched the XFL, a no-holds-barred football league that served as a supplement to the NFL, whose broadcast rights NBC didn’t have at the time. A documentary that debuted earlier this year regarding the long-defunct league ended with WWE owner Vince McMahon and former NBC Sports chairman 🤬 Ebersol musing about a revival.Now, out of nowhere, rumors of a potential return of the XFL have surfaced, with Brad Shepard reporting that McMahon is “looking to bring back the XFL and may announce it on January 25th, 2018.”

The WWE, when asked to confirm or deny a potential XFL reboot by David Bixenspan of Deadspin.com, said this: “Vince McMahon has established and is personally funding a separate entity from WWE, Alpha Entertainment, to explore investment opportunities across the sports and entertainment landscapes, including professional football. Mr. McMahon has nothing further to announce at this time.”

That’s far from a denial, and it feels like an implicit confirmation.

Arguably, the time may be right for the XFL or something like it. A November 2016 Sports Illustrated article regarding the current state of football in America created the distinct impression that fans want old-school football, with all the big hits and none of the obsessions over safety.

“Those attitudes from fans coupled with the messages that invariably will be sent by the incoming Commander-in-Chief,” we wrote on November 16, 2016, “suggest that the time may be right for someone to roll the dice with $250 million or so in the hopes of launching a football league that would essentially operate like a modern-day XFL — loud, proud, violent, brutal, 🤬 , and everything that the NFL was before political, legal, and social sensitivities forced the league to change.”

The XFL may not compete with the NFL; McMahon suggested in his comments to Ebersol that the league could be connected.

“I don’t know what it would be,” McMahon said. “I don’t know if it’s gonna be another XFL or what it may be or how different I would make it. It seems like in some way it would tie in either with the NFL itself or the owners.”

And then Ebersol said this, which becomes a lot more intriguing in light of recent developments: “Well, certainly the most adventurous owner is Jerry Jones.”

Currently, there’s a disconnect of sorts between what the NFL gives fans and what the fans want (and what the players want to do). Even with everything everyone now knows about the risks of football, players would sign up in droves to play football like it was played 20 or 30 years ago, with helmet-to-helmet hits on defenseless players, 🤬 -back blocks, full-speed collisions, and everything else that football was before the NFL decided to make changes on its own before politicians forced the NFL to do so.

For decades, pro football leagues other than the NFL have launched and then failed. But the time could be right to give fans and players exactly what they want, especially since the NFL in many ways arguably no longer is.

Right, wrong, or otherwise, there’s potentially a lot of money to be made by someone who is willing to say, “Let’s make football football again.” In the current political climate, roughly half of America would embrace it.

Especially if the players are required to stand for the national anthem

Comments

  • ghostdog56ghostdog56 Members Posts: 2,947 ✭✭✭✭✭
    All you 🤬 who were 🤬 on master p for talking about starting his own football league better not be supporting this
  • playmaker88playmaker88 Boy, I tell you that's vision Like Tony Romo when he hitting Witten Members Posts: 67,905 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited December 2017
  • MallyGMallyG I Take Myself Out on Dates Members Posts: 4,916 ✭✭✭✭✭
    LoL @ Turf making this thread like a XFL season is (officially) upon us.
  • TheBoyRoTheBoyRo Members Posts: 13,647 ✭✭✭✭✭
  • genocidecuttergenocidecutter Members Posts: 17,825 ✭✭✭✭✭
    If they really do bring back the XFL the better get He hate Me as a commentator.
  • caddo mancaddo man Failure is success in progress! Members Posts: 22,476 ✭✭✭✭✭
    They will be another waste of money until they start to take players that dont want to go to college. No age limit. If you can play. Sign this contract.
  • IbexIbex Members Posts: 7,935 ✭✭✭✭✭
    If He Hate Me is not an owner or head coach I’m not watching.
  • TurfaholicTurfaholic It's not too complicated, but you're gonna need a bulletproof soul The Bay 2 Sin CityMembers Posts: 20,428 ✭✭✭✭✭
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    He Hate Me was that 🤬 ...... I remember he ran to the sidelines for a interview inbetween plays. Lol.



  • TurfaholicTurfaholic It's not too complicated, but you're gonna need a bulletproof soul The Bay 2 Sin CityMembers Posts: 20,428 ✭✭✭✭✭


    Bring back Jim Ross for commentary



  • Angeles1son85Angeles1son85 I'm an animal I shoulda been born in Jumanji Los AngelesMembers Posts: 13,544 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited December 2017
    vince barely pays his wrestlers and they wrestler every other day image what these players gonna get paid lol idk tho people might watch knowin vince dude gonna have no rules nfl blitz style lol but it might not be smart cuz espn aint gonna give it airtime and might cut off wwe
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  • stringer bellstringer bell Members Posts: 26,212 ✭✭✭✭✭
    TheBoyRo wrote: »

    http://www.espn.com/wwe/story/_/id/21840316/vince-mcmahon-sells-some-wwe-shares-fund-alpha-entertainment-llc
    McMahon sells WWE shares, has eye on football

    Vince McMahon's plan to perhaps try his hand again at a professional football league came more into focus Thursday.

    McMahon is chairman and CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment, which filed details with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission about McMahon's sale of 3.34 million shares of WWE, equaling about $100 million.

    He did so, the filing noted, "primarily to fund a separate entity from the Company, Alpha Entertainment LLC, which Mr. McMahon established to explore investment opportunities across the sports and entertainment landscapes, including professional football."

    The filing comes after WWE confirmed earlier in the week that Alpha Entertainment, which was founded in September, was in fact an entity of McMahon's.

    Alpha filed for five trademarks to the XFL on Dec. 16, according to records with the U.S. Trademark and Patent Office.

    The filings seek to trademark the XFL as a professional football league and also cover merchandise related to the league. Previous XFL trademarks were abandoned over a period of time from 2002 to '05.

    The company also sought to trademark "URFL."

    The original XFL, a joint venture between WWE and NBC, debuted in 2001 and only lasted one season.

    WWE and NBC lost approximately $35 million each, after taxes, on the league.

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