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#1 Grimmas

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Posted 15 December 2017 - 08:18 PM

Brad Shepard 🤘🏻 @TheBradShepard

 

EXCLUSIVE: Vince McMahon is looking to bring back the XFL and may announce it on January 25th, 2018.

4:38 PM - 15 Dec 2017

 

Kris Zellner said he heard this as well. WTF is even happening?



#2 sek69

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Posted 15 December 2017 - 08:33 PM

Vince seeing the NFL taking PR black eyes due to mishandling everything from DV arrests to players kneeling for the anthem and thinking what America needs is the XFL.



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Posted 15 December 2017 - 08:46 PM

Kaepernick, the real mastermind.



#4 The Chief

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Posted 15 December 2017 - 09:00 PM

Well, I guess they wouldn't need a TV deal this time!

#5 Kadaveri

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Posted 15 December 2017 - 09:00 PM

Vince wasn't happy with NXT's rating.



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Posted 15 December 2017 - 09:49 PM

The only thing that works for him is that unlike the original XFL the NFL is in rough shape from a PR standpoint.  All of the arguments that Vince was using to justify a new league wasn't really the majority opinion of the NFL. It could be now. 

 

Also while the WWE product during the original period was this sexual,violent,  "crash TV" style that really didn't work in the rest of society.   And as we have seen,the non WWE fans are much willing to accept trashy garbage in 2017 a lot easier than 2001.  

 

The backlash will also be much worse.  Imagine in 2017 hiring strippers as cheerleaders and telling them that fraternizing with the players is recommended.  



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Posted 15 December 2017 - 09:52 PM

But the concussion issue wasn't there at all in 2001 either. The "hard-nosed, old-style football" pitch didn't work then (because people actually want to see offense and scoring, not three-yards-and-a-cloud-of-dust football in the trenches), but combine that with the fact that players aren't expected to play through pain and certainly not through concussions anymore and this is going to be a tougher sell than before.



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Posted 15 December 2017 - 09:53 PM

I can just imagine the tweets.



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Posted 15 December 2017 - 09:57 PM

But the concussion issue wasn't there at all in 2001 either. The "hard-nosed, old-style football" pitch didn't work then (because people actually want to see offense and scoring, not three-yards-and-a-cloud-of-dust football in the trenches), but combine that with the fact that players aren't expected to play through pain and certainly not through concussions anymore and this is going to be a tougher sell than before.

 

Remember in the 1st week of the XFL where one player got a concussion and another separated his shoulder (I think) doing that 10 yard dash to the football gimmick.  Yeah that isn't going to go over well.  

 

Also I would assume the role of Opie & Anthony being the pre and post game "experts" would be played by the douches at Barstool.   



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Posted 15 December 2017 - 10:02 PM

But the concussion issue wasn't there at all in 2001 either. The "hard-nosed, old-style football" pitch didn't work then (because people actually want to see offense and scoring, not three-yards-and-a-cloud-of-dust football in the trenches), but combine that with the fact that players aren't expected to play through pain and certainly not through concussions anymore and this is going to be a tougher sell than before.

 

This is the real issue. It isn't players protesting or anything like that. CTE and everything we know about concussions and all of the players we've watched kill themselves over the past 17 years is the cause of the NFL's declining ratings.

 

Also. The fact that football is actually secretly boring as fuck doesn't help. Basketball is right there. Go watch that. Or the DVDVR 80s Puerto Rico set. You'll be way happier.



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Posted 15 December 2017 - 10:05 PM

 

But the concussion issue wasn't there at all in 2001 either. The "hard-nosed, old-style football" pitch didn't work then (because people actually want to see offense and scoring, not three-yards-and-a-cloud-of-dust football in the trenches), but combine that with the fact that players aren't expected to play through pain and certainly not through concussions anymore and this is going to be a tougher sell than before.

 

This is the real issue. It isn't players protesting or anything like that. CTE and everything we know about concussions and all of the players we've watched kill themselves over the past 17 years is the cause of the NFL's declining ratings.

 

Also. The fact that football is actually secretly boring as fuck doesn't help. Basketball is right there. Go watch that. Or the DVDVR 80s Puerto Rico set. You'll be way happier.

 

You're giving people a lot of credit (or maybe "lot" isn't the right word. How about "too much.")



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Posted 15 December 2017 - 10:08 PM

Who is this guy thats being quoted as the source? Ive never heard of him before, but he also tweeted the 2018 HOF is going to be Goldberg, Bam Bam Bigelow, Ivory, the Dudley Boyz and Kid Rock...

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Posted 15 December 2017 - 11:03 PM

WWE has responded to Bix's request to confirm or deny the rumour saying Vince McMahon is setting up a company called "Alpha Entertainment" which may include professional football.



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Posted 16 December 2017 - 12:49 AM

The key to this random dude knowing is seemingly that he's a random conservative blogger. The person I heard from originally this afternoon has no idea who he is, but apparently one of the reasons Vince wants to do this is seeing an opening thanks to the anti-protest backlash.

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Posted 16 December 2017 - 01:51 AM

So Vince's response to seeing POC peacefully protesting racial injustice is to relaunch the XFL. Its such a Vince thing that I hate it and love it at the same time.



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Posted 16 December 2017 - 03:24 AM

Is it April, 1st already or does Vince just hate money? I assume that HHH is split on this while on the one hand it will shrink the inheritance of his wife on the other hand he will have even more power on the wrestling-side of things.



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Posted 16 December 2017 - 03:41 AM

Is it April, 1st already

 

My very first thought too.



#18 Matt D

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Posted 16 December 2017 - 06:24 AM

You have to wonder if hes got support from the top on this.

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Posted 16 December 2017 - 07:44 AM

You have to wonder if hes got support from the top on this.

 

I guess it depends on who you consider "the top" besides Vince himself.   



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Posted 16 December 2017 - 07:49 AM

Double post.






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