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Prime Time
09-13-2018, 09:15 PM
We had a good thread going for this before the reset.

Hearing that the AAF is a headache for Vince and Co., that they are already trying to counteract that, and that there's plenty of people predicting that they won't play a single down of football this time around.

For the love of Terry Funk
10-11-2018, 04:45 AM
Did I hear Snitsky wants to try out for the XFL?

Prime Time
10-19-2018, 06:17 AM
That's crazy if true. Guy has to be about 50 years old now, surely?

Prime Time
01-20-2019, 05:24 PM
Latest I've read from the main page is that they're planning on paying their QBS around $300,000.

I mean it's hardly peanuts but at the same time if you think about NFL as competition you're not going to be getting anything approaching a competitive athlete if that's what the top earners will be making.

King Kong Sundae
01-24-2019, 01:47 PM
Still can't believe they're trying this again

Powder
01-25-2019, 03:46 PM
Latest I've read from the main page is that they're planning on paying their QBS around $300,000.

I mean it's hardly peanuts but at the same time if you think about NFL as competition you're not going to be getting anything approaching a competitive athlete if that's what the top earners will be making.

I'm not so sure. There are plenty of college QBs that will never get drafted, or haven't been drafted and they are not going anywhere in their post college life, as they were recruited for their Football skills, not their academics. So some, not all, but some of those young men will not have great job opportunities in their future, so taking a shot in the XFL for $300,000 a year is pretty good for me.

Hell, I am a teacher for over 20 years, and if the XFL approached me to play for $300,000, I would take a sabbatical for a year just to earn that cash. So I can imagine that young men without a career yet, or who are not earning near that will definitely take a shot at playing in the XFL.

comfortablynumb
01-25-2019, 04:51 PM
I read the best CFL quarterbacks make about $500,000 a year, so I guess that's a fair price. Seems like a lot though for minor league football like the XFL.

LK3185
01-25-2019, 11:28 PM
its going to be lower quality football and its unrealistic to expect them to compete with the NFL

Powder
01-30-2019, 10:33 AM
Without a doubt, but Vince is banking on that Baseball is losing the younger viewers, and is trying, again, to capitalize on the lack of football in the Spring. If he was smart, he would partner with Draft Kings or ESPN and get fantasy leagues up and running for the XFL.

Fantasy football in my honest opinion, is THE single most important reason why the NFL has become the number 1 sport in the USA. So Vince should get involved with it like the NFL embraced it.

meandi
02-10-2019, 06:09 PM
https://sports.yahoo.com/big-win-aaf-new-football-league-posts-better-ratings-rockets-thunder-174503810.html

So apparently Vinnie Mac isn't the only one to start a new football league. In a nutshell, The Alliance of American Football just started, and one of their Saturday games did better ratings than a Houston Rockets/ OKC Thunder NBA game. A couple questions on this... 1) was Vince aware that a new football league was debuting a year before the XFL re-launch, and 2) if he is aware, does the fact that this new league beat an NBA game in the ratings (no matter how small... it was only 2.1 to 2.0) give him any false hope that the XFL will be successful this time around?

comfortablynumb
02-11-2019, 12:33 AM
He was definitely aware as his ex-partner in the original XFL helped launch the AAF. The original XFL drew big ratings it’s first games too until the novelty wore off. It does sound like people enjoyed the AAF though and it’s launching in this climate of a softening NFL which can help it. Many people are sick of all the rules.

Prime Time
02-11-2019, 10:58 AM
I dunno, my gut is that another football league starting up has to be bad news for the XFL rather than good. I can't help but think that they are going to be competing for the same players and fans, and that the fact they come up a year or so behind.... it just seems to me that it's another thing to overcome.

comfortablynumb
02-11-2019, 11:51 AM
I agree but they knew this from the start though. It’s not a surprise to them. I’m sure the XFL’s goal will be a merger in a couple years.

meandi
02-11-2019, 11:34 PM
I dunno, my gut is that another football league starting up has to be bad news for the XFL rather than good. I can't help but think that they are going to be competing for the same players and fans, and that the fact they come up a year or so behind.... it just seems to me that it's another thing to overcome.


That's exactly what I was thinking.

comfortablynumb
03-27-2019, 03:36 PM
Well looks like the XFL will soon be losing its only competition unless the NFL bails out the AAF. Vince was smart to take his time.

meandi
03-27-2019, 05:11 PM
Just read an article on that, and I don’t get it. The AAF wants to be a “development league” using young NFL players in their league... almost like MLB and their minor leagues. At what point did the NFL enter into an agreement with the AAF, and why does the AAF think they deserve to use NFL contracted players? That just seems... huh?

comfortablynumb
03-27-2019, 05:21 PM
I agree. They seem to be saying "NFL save us" when NFL has no interest either way in their success.

meandi
03-27-2019, 08:42 PM
To get back to the XFL (and away from the de-rail of the AAF)... apparently Vinnie Mac sold some more of his stock today to help fund the XFL... to the tune of $270M. You would think this is an early response to the AAF seeking more money before they have to fold. Kind of like... “I’m a billionaire, dammit! Let me keep throwing money at this, and I’ll prove I can do it on my own without the NFLPA!” Thoughts?

Rob S.
05-06-2019, 09:28 AM
It was announced that ABC/ESPN will carry the XFL games starting in 2020

LK3185
05-06-2019, 11:28 AM
They will cover production costs of the games but the networks aren’t paying for games so if the XFL is a success, Vince will have to be patient and put a lot more money in the first few years and hopefully build a base

Prime Time
11-02-2019, 10:53 AM
Week 1 of this is February 8th, 2020....

8 teams in it.

Dallas Renegades
DC Defenders
Houston Roughnecks
LA Wildcats
New York Guardians
St Louis Battlehawks
Seattle Dragons
Tampa Bay Vipers

Powder
11-04-2019, 09:27 AM
If the XFL begins in February, that is the height of Wrestlemania season. How is Vince going to be able to run both? WM is a HUGE undertaking. It is akin to the Superbowl with the week leading up to it, the press tours, etc.

And now, with the XFL beginning in February, and will run a few months, this will stretch Vince very thin.

comfortablynumb
11-04-2019, 09:49 AM
While I do think XFL is time consuming for Vince, I think most of the work Vince is doing with that is going on now with preparation for the launch. Once the season starts there’s really not much for him to do. People are in place.

Powder
11-04-2019, 10:30 AM
You are kidding yourself if you think that Vince will just let others run the league. We all know how hands on he is with the WWE, and he failed with this league before, and he r ally wants this to succeed this time. So I can see him running himself into the ground. One of the two companies will be affected, unless he finally loosens his grip on the WWE and allows HHH to hold the reigns.

comfortablynumb
11-04-2019, 10:44 AM
I think you just have no clue about what's involved with the job. Of course he's going to be hands-on when the season is going on, but there's not much to do once the league is running. He has a commissioner, he has executives, he has officiating heads, etc. Most of the work he needs to do for the XFL is happening right now, which is why he has been missing shows from time to time this year. He has loosened his grip on the wrestling shows slightly. If he can handle it now, he can handle it in February.

Powder
11-04-2019, 10:55 AM
Ok, if you say so. But Vince is such a control freak, that I just cannot see him NOT micromanaging the XFL, like he does with the WWE.

I just looked up the XFL season dates, and there are three games during Wrestlemania week, and three games in the week after. WM36 is Sunday April 5, 2020. The XFL has games Thursday 4/2, Sat 4/4, and on WM Sunday 4/5, Thursday 4/9. I say this b/c Vince will be very occupied with WM and the RAW/NXT/SD after WM during those two weeks.

EDIT:
I sure hope you are correct in that Vince will not have to be hands on once the season starts, because if there are problems with the league, especially late in the season (weeks 9 and 10) which are the last two weeks before the playoffs, where will Vince's priorities be? A new league can and will have problems, they are on 4 different networks on three different days of the week. There a lot of moving parts. I sure hope that no real problems arise, because the season overlaps with WM week, and that is where we could potentially see disaster.

Vince does not share very well, nor does he like to distribute power or responsibility, history shows that with the WWE. So what happens if the XFL has network issues, or player issues, or legal issues, or any other of a 1000 different problems that the NFL does during WM week? Vince will need to focus on solving those problems while solving all of WM's problems and schedules that come up. He can and will be stretched too thin for a 50 year old CEO, let alone a 74 year old.

Prime Time
02-19-2020, 05:11 PM
Anybody watched any of the games yet? I've seen they've actually gotten a bit of attention on Twitter.

LWO4Life
02-20-2020, 12:01 PM
I watched the first week, but couldn't this last week. Just busy with life. But overall, I really liked it. It looks major league. The football is good. I plan on watching, I just wished there was a Las Vegas team and hopefully there could be upper mid-west teams in the future, if the league last longer than 2 seasons.