Vince McMahon announces new XFL as 'football reimagined' with no politics

Kelley Robertson
January 26, 2018

"We will present a shorter, faster-paced, family friendly and easier to understand game", McMahon said in a news conference.

Plans for the XFL at launch 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 McMahon is expected to announce an XFL revival. McMahon said the rules for political and social expression will be clear prior to players and coaches joining the league. When asked how the league would deal with the issue of concussions, McMahon said, "Reimagining the game of football means reimagining it on all levels", and said one of the goals of the league would be to "Make it as safe as possible".

"We want someone who does not have any criminality associated with them whatsoever".

The XFL will be owned by Alpha Entertainment, a completely separate company set up by WWE chairman Vince McMahon.

"I think the most important thing we learned with the older XFL and now the new XFL is the quality of the play", McMahon said in announcing the league's relaunch.


"We're going to hire people who really know what they're doing".

McMahon said the XFL would be "Football reimagined". "What has happened there is their business, and I'm not going to knock those guys, but I am going to learn from their mistakes as anyone would if they were tasked with reimagining a new football league". He spoke of that desire in a scene at the end of ESPN's '17 "30 for 30" documentary on the XFL, when McMahon met former NBC Sports head Dick Ebersol at a CT restaurant 15 years after the league shut down.

"This would certainly be an opportunity we would be interested in discussing and possibly bringing to our city venues", Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer's press secretary Cassandra Lafser said.

Johnny Manziel is not welcome in the reboot of the XFL. "As far as our league is considered, it will have nothing to do with politics", explained McMahon. The league lasted just one season as NBC pulled the plug after ratings fell drastically.

- He's always wanted to bring the XFL back as football is America's favorite game and there are seven months out of the year without it. In the press release, it was stated that many aspects of the new league are still in development such as player salary.

Although McMahon said it was too early to determine what cities will get teams - he said the league will go where fans want it to go - Orlando is already expressing interest in rejoining the league which included the Orlando Rage in its only season.

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