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Vince McMahon crushes Johnny Manziel's dreams of playing in the XFL

Vince McMahon crushes Johnny Manziel's dreams of playing in the XFL

McMahon's WWE Properties International and NBC co-owned the original XFL, an eight-team league which played a single season in 2001 before shutting down as a ratings and financial failure.

The revamped XFL will kick off in January or February of 2020 with eight teams, McMahon said in a press call Thursday.

Vince McMahon is expected to announce an XFL revival.

Though he would not confirm whether or not there would be a specific rule for players to stand during the national anthem, McMahon suggested his league would show nothing but respect for the flag and the country's anthem.

"We'll have nothing to do with politics, nothing to do with social issues", McMahon said.

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

McMahon said that will translate to faster games in the new XFL, ones that could fit into two-hour windows with fewer commercial breaks.

The XFL will return in 2020 with an 8-team league, WWE chairman and CEO Vince McMahon announced Thursday.

He also suggested cheerleaders wouldn't be a part of the XFL, telling ESPN's Darren Rovell in an interview: "But we aren't going to have much of what the XFL had, including the cheerleaders, who aren't really part of the game anymore". There could be the potential for XFL like leagues in other sports, but all indications and reports seem to focus squarely on football. "Even if ratings go down, there's no denying that live sports rights continue to be valuable and continue to deliver".

Professional wrestling tycoon Vince McMahon is trying his hand at professional football again.

The original incarnation of the XFL was documented in a recent ESPN 30 For 30 titled 'This Was the XFL'. As of this moment, there are no broadcast contracts in place, and McMahon said that games could stream on mobile devices in addition to being on television.

McMahon was asked by reporters specifically about Johnny Manziel, Colin Kaepernick and Tim Tebow playing in the XFL. "We're here to play football".

XFL didn't run out of money in the first season.

A DESIRE THAT NEVER LEFT: McMahon said he has been thinking about relaunching the XFL since '01, when he reluctantly shut down the league's first version. And instead of a coin toss, opening possession was determined by an 'opening scramble, ' in which a player from each team fought to retrieve a football placed 20 yards away. "I think the most important thing that we learned with the older XFL and now the new XFL is the quality of play".

Trump, a WWE Hall of Famer, is also a longtime friend of McMahon.


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