WWE Ceo Vince McMahon announced he wants to relaunch the XFL in 2020.
World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. WWE, +1.43% Chief Executive Vince McMahon said Thursday he plans to relaunch his XFL professional-football league in 2020, and will not allow players to make political statements on the field. McMahon, whose previous XFL attempt fell apart after two seasons, said he would use $100 million of his own money to start the league apart from the WWE; McMahon sold just under $100 million in WWE stock late last year, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. In a news conference announcing the league, which McMahon said would have eight teams, he said that his ownership of all the teams would allow him to have greater control over players than in the National Football League. NFL players were lambasted by President Donald Trump earlier this year for kneeling during the national anthem as a protest against police brutality and racial injustice; McMahon’s wife, Linda, works in the Trump administration as head of the Small Business Association. “People don’t want social and political issues coming into play when they are trying to be entertained,” McMahon said, according to ESPN.com. “We want someone who wants to take a knee to do their version of that on their personal time.” McMahon also said he would not accept any player with a criminal record.
This is certainly a risk by McMahon. Although the NFL’s image is hurting it still is a huge brand with millions of fans. The idea that he won’t allow kneelers and criminals will certainly garner a base of fans who were tired of some of the garbage in the NFL.
Although the NFL arrest rate is lower than the National avergae there still is an issue with players not obeying the law. According to NFLArrest.com, an NFL player gets arrested every 7 days and since 2000 the longest time without an NFL player being arrested is 65 days.
I’m happy to hear about this league launching lets just hope that its a success.