When Vince McMahon launched the XFL in 2001, things didn’t exactly work out all that well for the league.
The XFL folded after only one season, but in 2020 the brand will be resurrected as Vince McMahon is going to give it another shot.
XFL CEO Oliver Luck opened up about what fans can expect from the new XFL while talking on The HawkCast, and he told everyone to forget about 2001 as the new XFL will be a different kind of league.
“We’re looking at it more as shaping a lump of clay and trying to do the best we can possibly do. Forget about 2001. Some of the things that were done were a little bit gimmicky, I think is maybe the best word. We want to make this build a serious sustainable league that football fans can enjoy, that families can enjoy, that’s family affordable, that’s as safe as can be while still respecting the great rock ’em sock ’em game of football, which we know and you know better than I, is a very physical rough game. We kind of look at it as taking a mold of clay – thanks to Vince [McMahon] and his foresight – we’ve given ourselves plenty of time before we kick off in 2020 to get it right, to really make sure we’re doing all the right things in terms of tweaking the rules, the markets we go to, the types of coaches and players we have in our league. I almost feel like we’re starting from scratch quite honestly.”
The new XFL won’t just be a different king of league compared to the old version, it will also present a new take on the game of football.
“We’re trying to re-imagine the game. This is really instructions from Vince. He said, ‘I want you to get the best minds you can and re-imagine the game of football.’ I said, ‘Vince what does that mean?’ He said, ‘I want a fast-paced game. I want a high octane kind of a game, lots of plays, almost like the hurry up college offenses you see. I want fewer stoppages because people don’t like all the breaks, whether it’s TV time outs or whatever. I want more rhythm, more flow of the game.’”
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