WWE chairman and CEO Vince McMahon stunned the sports media world by announcing he’s giving professional football a second try. Less than a week after making an appearance on the 25th anniversary broadcast of WWE Monday Night Raw, McMahon announced the creation of the new XFL.
While the new XFL will use the same name of the league McMahon and NBC tried for one season in 2001, it won’t rely on flashy cheerleaders and antics as its predecessor did, he said. McMahon said he is the sole funding source for the league, which is slated to begin in January 2020.
Plans call for eight teams with 40-player rosters in cities to be determined, with four teams making the playoffs. The season will begin in late January or early February and run for 10 weeks. No broadcast or streaming deals are in place as yet.
He added that there would be no crossover of WWE talent into the league and that he would not be the frontman of the new league as he was with the original. He went on to say that XFL games would have a faster pace and his goal was to get them to two hours. In addition, McMahon stated that the league would be a single entity and would not use the franchise model.