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WWE's Vince McMahon announces return of XFL football league

26 January 2018

McMahon originally launched the XFL as part of a joint-collaboration with NBC in 2001, but the league lasted just one season amid criticism of the quality of football, flagging audiences and too much crossover with WWE. Teams will consist of 40-player rosters and will compete in a 10-week regular season. However, according to the league's newly created hashtag, we won't be seeing any XFL games until early 2020, starting with eight teams in eight yet-to-be-announced cities.

Of course the XFL has a cult status in the annals of popular culture, with ESPN making a 30 for 30 about the league past year and the film being widely well receive McMahon was asked did the positive reaction play a part in his decision to bring the XFL back. Noting that the most important thing he learned "was the quality of the play" is vital, as well as pointing out that he has "2 years to really get it right". It will not hire players who have arrest records, McMahon said.

McMahon said the game of football will be "reimagined" in the XFL.

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"I've always wanted to relaunch and had this planned for some time", McMahon said Thursday in announcing XFL's revival.

It was great to see Stone Cold back in the WWE and even though he didn't say anything on the microphone, it was still an excellent moment that helped us remember the good times when Austin and McMahon were battling every week. This time around, McMahon said player safety will be a priority. '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'.

This will have nothing to do with politics or social issues. I don't know if it's gonna be another XFL or what it may be or how different I would make it. Vince McMahon who is best known for running the WWE, a company started by his father.

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Though the original XFL only lasted a season, some players parlayed their success into new National Football League careers or second chances.

Vince stressed that they are "here to play football".

The call was hosted by McMahon's new venture, Alpha Entertainment, which was established to facilitate the XFL's returnl in December 2017. "There's seven months in which there's no football on the gridiron, and I think the demand is there", McMahon said. "It's football. But you want to reimagine it".

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TBL's Ryan Glasspiegel and FS1's Sharief Ali broke down the challenges and opportunity that could potentially lie ahead for McMahon's new project. The league lasted one season 2001 with eight teams that played during the late winter and spring after the NFL season ended.

WWE's Vince McMahon announces return of XFL football league