Vince McMahon is resurrecting the XFL after 17 years, following the original concept’s one-year stint as a league in 2001.
The news came earlier today via a 3 p.m. live stream on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube courtesy of McMahon’s Alpha Entertainment.
For those that missed it, you can view the full announcement above. However, the following are the CliffsNotes:
- In an effort to ensure quality of play, the XFL won’t kick off until 2020.
- Eight teams in the inaugural season
- 10-game season likely starting in January
- 40-man rosters
- Plans in place for two-hour games
- If you have a criminal record, you’re SOL.
- If you want a forum for airing your political grievances, you’re likewise SOL—social issues will be shelved during broadcasts.
- McMahon will be the sole financier of the league to the tune of an estimated $100 million, the same amount of simoleons he liquidated last month via the sale of WWE stock.
- This is not a joint venture featuring the WWE or NBC. There will be no tie-in to World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc., and Vince himself has no plans to make scheduled appearances or act as the XFL’s “face.”
- At 41, Rod “He Hate Me” Smart is not expected to be featured.
Darren Rovell has some solid reporting over at ESPN and we’re pulling some choice quotes for you below:
“I wanted to do this since the day we stopped the other one,” McMahon told 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.'”
“I don’t think people want to see the same thing when they’re streaming as they see on television. That’s boring. I think fans want it shot in a totally different way, and I think there’s an immersive opportunity that’s more interactive to the game.”
“The start of this league has nothing to do with the NFL’s troubles. What has happened there is their business, and I’m not going to knock those guys, but I am going to learn from their mistakes as anyone would if they were tasked with reimagining a new football league.”
“One thing we are not is a development league for the NFL.”
“Every city is on our radar.”
We’ll have more soon, but suffice to say, there’s a lot for alternative sports fans to be hype about.