Earlier today, WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon made an announcement that would've been unthinkable until a few weeks ago: the XFL, long considered one of his career's biggest embarrassments, is coming back.
McMahon's last foray into professional football was a shambles. Kicking off in 2001, low TV ratings saw the original XFL canned after just one season, costing Vince $35 million on his initial investment. It remains a source of mockery to this day, but it'll return to our screens in early 2020, with 8 teams contesting a 12-week season.
This has been on the cards since mid-December, when McMahon formed Alpha Entertainment LLC to facilitate the league's return. He has since sold over $100 million in WWE stock to fund the venture, and now, after a 25-minute press conference, the news is official.
There's a lot to unpack here. Vince divulged plenty of information during the video's Q&A section, but was deliberately vague in a number of key areas. Still, he covered everything from Colin Kaepernick to how the XFL's return will affect his WWE role, shedding new light on this major business decision.
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