March 22, 2018

XFL Owner: New League Has No Official Ties to WWE

26 January 2018, 02:18 | Yvette Williams


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McMahon said the league would feature eight teams with 40-man rosters. McMahon said players in his league will not be given the forum to take a personal stance while on the playing field.

"As far as our league is concerned, it will have nothing to do with politics", McMahon said. He also claimed the league would remain apolitical, but when pressed acknowledged that players standing for the national anthem would likely be a part of the rulebook.

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

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

After failing his first time at professional football, Vince McMahon the chairman of WWE, has made a decision to step out of the ring and back on the football field.

"It's extremely important that we have time to get together and get them practicing so we can have a quality product", McMahon said. Perhaps having a couple years of true preparation for the launch is a sign McMahon wants to do it right this time.

The XFL is set for a surprising second life under WWE leader Vince McMahon. We're not going to have any social issues involved. He struck out in his attempt to get a piece of the football pie years ago, but maybe he can learn from those failures.

NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told ESPN the league would not comment on the XFL.

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"Every city is on our radar", said McMahon.

The XFL launched in 2001 and eventually didn't make it past the first year.

Lastly, and perhaps cynically, McMahon could focus on branding his project as an American-first, patriotism-mandatory entity for those disillusioned with the protests that have permeated the National Football League in recent years. The more family friendly XFL even comes through in the league's new red-white-and-blue logo, as opposed to '01's in-your-face black-and-red one.

"There's plenty of opportunities and plenty of ways that players, coaches, and members of the media can express themselves... but again we're here to play football", he continued.

When asked about Kaepernick's potential inclusion in the XFL, McMahon said that any player would be welcome as long as they abide by the rules laid out by the league. Salaries will be determined, but McMahon said players will make more money for winning. "We have a lot of question for you, and we are going to listen".

- Vince says his XFL duties will not affect WWE and he will maintain his position with WWE.

The XFL - that is, the XTreme Football League - debuted in February 2001 but lasted just one season despite a major financial and broadcast commitment from NBC Sports.

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