Vince McMahon’s first “XFL” experiment suffered from disorganized teams, hostile media and a few bad choices in promotion, such as sleazy promos featuring strippers.
But now it appears that the wrestling giant is ready to give it another try.
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McMahon’s brand new company Alpha Entertainment has filed for new trademarks related to the XFL, per reports. Meanwhile, the owner and CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment has liquidated 100 million dollars in stock revenue.
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Nearly seventeen years ago, WWE President Vince McMahon saw a vision of his come to life. The career athlete-entertainer fielded a league full of irreverent and entertainment-driven football teams, known more for their charisma and how much fun they were having, as opposed to their skill.
While that experiment failed, then, with the NFL squandering its goodwill among the American sports fan at a frightening rate; the time may be right for McMahon to revive his unique football vision.
And it appears, he’s going to do just that.
McMahon has established a new company, separate from the WWE, called Alpha Entertainment. On December 16th, Alpha Entertainment filed for five new trademarks related to the XFL, the title of McMahon’s football league that he founded in 2001.
According to ESPN’s Darren Rovell, “The filings seek to trademark the XFL as a professional football league and also cover merchandise related to the league. Previous XFL trademarks were abandoned over a period of time from 2002 to ’05.”
Moreover, McMahon has backed this effort with significant amounts of cash. Rovell also reported that McMahon sold 3.34 million in WWE stock worth about $100 million. The money from those stock sales will go to fund Alpha Entertainment.
Any XFL reboot would also benefit significantly from the “bully pulpit” they would have in President Trump. The president has ripped the NFL over the anthem protests, and criticized the league as much as any chief executive has ever criticized a sports league. Meaning, that any rival football league would almost assuredly be backed by the full faith and credit of the most powerful Twitter account in the world.
A few tweets and public shows of support from Trump, would amount to tens of millions of free advertising for the new league.
It would be wise to make a few changes to the XFL this time around. “Boobs and butts” promos would be a hideous idea in the “Me Too” era, and steps should be taken to ensure teams are well-practiced and given an opportunity to gel.
But Breitbart is correct that Trump’s support could go a long way, not to mention the fact that the weakening NFL is ripe to be ankle-bitten by competitors.
As Jesse “The Body” Ventura would say, “Pretty good idea, McMaaaaaaaaaaaahon!”
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