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Posted Wednesday 12/05/18 at 10:56PM EST
XFL announces the eight cities that will make up its rebooted football league
New York, Los Angeles, St. Louis, Tampa Bay, Houston, Seattle, Washington, D.C. and Dallas will be host the five teams when the rebooted XFL kicks off on Feb. 8 and 9, 2020.
Posted Friday 6/29/18 at 10:56PM EDT
Vince McMahon plans to spend $500 million for the first three seasons of the new XFL
The biggest cost for the new football league will be the salaries for coaches and players. The original XFL paid players $45,000, which is about $64,000 in today's dollars. The new XFL will pay players $75,000 each.
Posted Wednesday 3/21/18 at 11:27PM EDT
Why is the director of ESPN's This Was The XFL documentary creating a direct rival to the XFL?
Charlie Ebersol is founder of the Alliance of American Football, which was announced yesterday, and he also directed the 30 for 30 documentary on the downfall of Vince McMahon's XFL that his dad, Dick Ebersol, put on NBC. What's odd, says David Bixenspan, is that many of Charlie Ebersol's AAF ideas are similar to McMahon's plans for the XFL revival. Which begs the question: Was the founding of the AAF in any way connected to the founding of the new XFL?
Posted Tuesday 3/20/18 at 3:15PM EDT
CBS Sports signs on to broadcast a new eight-team pro football league
The Alliance of American Football (AAF) will compete with the Vince McMahon's XFL revival. Ironically, the AAF's founders include Charlie Ebersol, son of legendary NBC Sports TV executive Dick Ebersol, who made an ESPN 30 for 30 documentary on the XFL's demise.
Posted Friday 1/26/18 at 5:56PM EST
Vince McMahon would ban players with “any criminality” from the XFL, but why doesn’t he hold WWE to the same standard?
In announcing his XFL revival, McMahon said he wants XFL players to be people who do “not have any criminality associated with them whatsoever.” That includes players with a drunk driving past. But as David Bixenspan points out, McMahon’s 25th anniversary of Monday Night Raw this week featured several wrestlers who’ve had criminal pasts, including Steve Austin and Kurt Angle. Which has Bixenspan wondering if there is perhaps a racial motivation behind the “criminality” ban.
Posted Thursday 1/25/18 at 3:37PM EST
Vince McMahon’s XFL revival will premiere in January 2020 -- without gimmicks or politics
The new XFL will be in stark contrast to the version that ran on NBC in 2001. There will be no flashy cheerleaders or crazy antics. And players will be forced to stand during the National Anthem -- unlike the NFL. The new XFL will consist of eight teams on a 10-week schedule. “I wanted to do this since the day we stopped the other one," McMahon tells ESPN. "A chance to do it with no partners, strictly funded by me, which would allow me to look in the mirror and say, 'You were the one who screwed this up,' or 'You made this thing a success.'" McMahon hopes to differentiate the XFL from the NFL with faster games that last about two hours. McMahon also emphasized that his players won’t be allowed to be political on the playing field. "People don't want social and political issues coming into play when they are trying to be entertained," McMahon said. "We want someone who wants to take a knee to do their version of that on their personal time."
Posted Thursday 1/25/18 at 10:20AM EST
Report: Vince McMahon may today announce an XFL successor
McMahon's company, Alpha Entertainment, said it will make a "major sports announcement" this afternoon. It's not clear if McMahon will use the XFL name again, or if he will be starting an entirely new professional football league.
Posted Thursday 12/21/17 at 10:23PM EST
Vince McMahon sells $100 million in WWE shares to possibly bring back the XFL
McMahon's World Wrestling Entertainment stated in its SEC filing that the $100 million is "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." As ESPN notes, Alpha filed for five trademarks to the XFL on Dec. 16 with the U.S. Trademark and Patent Office. The company also sought to trademark "URFL." The XFL was a joint venture of WWE and NBC that launched in 2001 and lasted one season. ALSO: Is the "New XFL" in response to the National Anthem protest?