The Chairman and CEO of the WWE, Vince McMahon held a press today on behalf of his new enterprise Alpha Entertainment to announce the relaunch of the XFL which will relaunch in 2020.
“The new XFL will kick off in 2020 and quite frankly, we’re going to give the game of football back to fans,” McMahon said. “It’s still football, but it’s football re-imagined.”
The plans for the XFL will 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. Vince said fans will be able to customize in how they watch the games on big screens and mobile devices. He said every city is on the radar but haven’t decided on which cities will have teams yet.
McMahon also said the XFL won’t be using a franchise model and there won’t be individual owners. McMahon funded Alpha Entertainment and revived the XFL when he sold around $100 million of WWE stock to fund the project. McMahon explained that there’s been no initial talks with broadcast partners but he said there’s interest out there.
“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.”
When asked about concussions and CTE and Vince said they are going to make it as safe an environment as possible. McMahon said he’s going to bring in experts and listen to medical experts and heed their advice.
McMahon said there will no change to his role as the Chairman of the Board and CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment. McMahon said there will be no crossover between WWE talents or content with the XFL. McMahon also said there would be no crossover with pro wrestling announcers used as announcers for the XFL.
When it comes to whether or not President Donald Trump would be supportive of the league and if the XFL was a reaction to the national anthem protests that have occurred during this NFL season, McMahon said “As far as our league is concerned, it will have nothing to do with politics and nothing to do with social issues.” “There’s plenty of opportunities and plenty of ways that players, coaches, and members of the media can express themselves… but again we’re here to play football,”
McMahon said former NFL players like Tim Tebow and Colin Kapernick might be invited to the XFL. McMahon was very hardline regarding the tolerance level of players that have any type of legal infractions. McMahon noted “if you have a DUI, you won’t play in the XFL”
For the latest information about the XFL check out www.xfl.com
Follow Me on Twitter: @AminAjani
Image Credit — WWE