A report that Vince McMahon intends to relaunch the XFL was not met with a denial from WWE officials. Twitter.com/TheBradShepard reported that McMahon is looking to relaunch the football league and may announce it on January 25, 2018.
Deadline.com’s David Bixenspan reached out to WWE about the story and received the following statement: “Vince McMahon has established and is personally funding a separate entity from WWE, Alpha Entertainment, to explore investment opportunities across the sports and entertainment landscapes, including professional football. Mr. McMahon has nothing further to announce at this time.”
Powell’s POV: The fact that WWE didn’t issue a denial is certainly interesting. Perhaps Alpha Entertainment can purchase the rights to New Coke and fund a Waterworld sequel as well. As a football fan who was openminded about the original XFL back in the day, I can’t think of any reason why a relaunched XFL would fare any better the second time around. I could see a secondary league connected to the NFL as a minor league feeder system potentially being feasible, but there doesn’t seem to be any demand for a competing league with inferior players.
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