The Key Facts You NEED to Know About the XFL
The XFL is back… ya, you read that right. THE XFL IS BACK. Vince McMahon announced today live on Twitter via the Periscope app and the entirety of this historic press conference can be seen right here.
As you can see, this is stuff that we can only dream of. The bad boy of the sports media world, Vince McMahon has decided to challenge Roger Goodell and his crumbling NFL empire.
The genius of Vince McMahon is that he is running with the theme “This is football reimagined”. This is a reimagination that will surely last in today’s media landscape. The XFL is the football of the millennial generation and it will be here to stay.
Here are the things you NEED to know about the future XFL listed in bullet points below:
- The season will start in January or early February of 2020
- No franchise model, which means all teams will be owned by Alpha Entertainment
- No cities have been decided yet
- Every city is on McMahon’s radar
- Criteria for cities to gain an XFL team: teams will go where the fans want them to go but are nowhere near ready to announce
- Aim to make it as safe as possible by allowing experts, specifically medical experts, to give their inputs to make the game AS SAFE AS POSSIBLE
- XFL will have nothing to do with politics or social issues
- XFL will only be concerned with delivering good football
- Fan-center football: will be faster, and better than the football you are used to
- Get rid of halftime
- There is no need to watch a 3 to 3 and a half hour game; therefore, the goal is to get the game to a 2 to 2 and a half hour long game which is what the fans want
- “National Anthem is a time-honoring tradition”; therefore, it will be required that all players stand for the National Anthem.
- “We are here to play football and only football on the field”
- ESPN 30:30 did not make an impact on bringing back the XFL
- Equity is already there for them to be able to keep the XFL as the name
- No TV Partners yet
- Will explore streaming the games
- Simplifying the rules will make the XFL a globally friendly product
- Nicknames on the back of player jerseys have not been decided yet
- Will listen to the fans on whether or not they want nicknames on the back of jerseys
- Quality human beings and talent is what will decide if someone qualifies to be an XFL player
- No criminality, even DUI
- Anyone who plays the game of football well
- They have to abide by the rules
- There will be rules and regulations that EVERYONE will know
- There will be NO CROSSOVER BETWEEN THE XFL AND WWE as they will be completely separate entities