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    Posted: 17/December/2017 at 10:45
Quote WWE Chairman Vince McMahon has reportedly started a new company called Alpha Entertainment and many believe this company’s intention is to bring back some form of the once-defunct XFL football league.

Several media outlets picked up on the story. Thus, the WWE issued the following statement:

Vince McMahon has established and is personally funding a separate entity from WWE, Alpha Entertainment, to explore investment opportunities across the sports and entertainment landscapes, including professional football. Mr. McMahon has nothing further to announce at this time.”

The XFL only had one season, which took place in 2001 and was produced by WWE and NBC. It took place during the NFL off-season and promoted as having fewer rules and encouraging rougher play than other major leagues.

It's a shame it lasted only one season because it had something to build on.
 
NFL actually took some of the XFL ideas and implemented them themselves, so it wasn't all bad.
 
It would be a much needed fresh content show for the poor WWE Network.
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A major reason it didn't last is it really started and ended with Vince shitting on the NFL at every chance he had and acting like they were somehow superior so early on. It would be one thing if they said "Hey, we're a cool, edgy alternative to the NFL. We're less stodgy about the rules, etc." But no, they directly said they were better. Not only were they making a claim that they couldn't objectively back up, but also upsetting plain fans of football, who were vital to the XFL's success. This and the fact that it felt too much like wrestling (ex. Jesse Ventura feuding with Hitmen head coach Russell Tillman) turned away a lot of viewers.

Not to mention, teams only had four weeks of practice and shit before the season, which obviously isn't enough time for a team to gel.


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Well so far this doesn't sound like Sports Entertainment. I wonder how long the 'no criminal record' rule will last?

The other interesting thing of note is that he intends not to have any crossover between XFL & WWE, including commentary teams. He seems a good bit more mature about his handling of the company this time, saying he won't be knocking the NFL, he won't be in an on-screen role, and will be 'gimmick free'. 
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Maybe it can be successful this time around. If they sign the likes of Tim Tebow and Colin Kaepernick, that is going to get them a lot of attention. Another thing, the current NFL labor deal expires in 2020. This could possibly mean players that are in the NFL could jump over and play in the XFL. I don't expect anyone really big to jump over, but who knows, it could happen.
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Tebow plays for the Met's AA team. He's a Baseball player now. I could definitely see Colin jumping to the XFL if Vince plans on using actual football players though.
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It’s been around 25 years since the original XFL so plenty of time to learn from what went wrong the first time and properly research into what will work. Having a two year window to get everything in place and listen to ideas from the fans is also smart.

I like the idea of a game of Football that is faster paced and shorter in match length as that is too very off putting factors about the NFL. Having no crossover from WWE is the right move too as this needs to be a completely separate entity otherwise fans will question the legitimacy of it calling it another Sports entertainment product.

At least in this era with the amount of technology and media outlets it can reach far more households and people than before.
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Originally posted by Fletch Fletch wrote:


I like the idea of a game of Football that is faster paced and shorter in match length as that is too very off putting factors about the NFL.







I'm not too clued up on cricket so maybe Baz or Adders can chime in if I'm wrong but that was the premise of 20/20 cricket, which exploded in popularity.

I just can't see this panning out though, the NFL is a sporting behemoth and takes a guy with the balls of Vince McMahon to think he can overtake them.

Once their ratings flatline I think they will introduce more and more WWE aspects to it like they did the last time.
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Originally posted by John The Baptist John The Baptist wrote:

Originally posted by Fletch Fletch wrote:


I like the idea of a game of Football that is faster paced and shorter in match length as that is too very off putting factors about the NFL.







I'm not too clued up on cricket so maybe Baz or Adders can chime in if I'm wrong but that was the premise of 20/20 cricket, which exploded in popularity.

I just can't see this panning out though, the NFL is a sporting behemoth and takes a guy with the balls of Vince McMahon to think he can overtake them.

Once their ratings flatline I think they will introduce more and more WWE aspects to it like they did the last time.


Isn’t that what turned people off the first time though? How WWE mixed too many elements of the wrestling product in with it? I get that because if you’re a football fan then then you are going to question the legitimacy of a football league that is being run like a extension of a wrestling promotion.

They made a huge loss on it the first time so surely if Vince is having another crack at it he will have real assurances of its success this time and will have done his homework on how to right the wrongs from last time.

I hope it’s successful, if nothing else it might mean Vince will give more control of the wrestling product to Stephanie and Triple H. With rumours of a WWE sale and so forth it does seem maybe Vince is thinking of taking a back step from wrestling, maybe he’s lost his passion.

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He did say he would remain chairman and CEO of the WWE however, so we will have to wait and see how that pans out. Hopefully at the very least Triple H will get the books and Vince will stop with the last minute re-writes.
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