It’s been just over a week that the XFL has announced plans to re-launch in 2020, and they’re already attempting to take on the NFL. Not to mention showing moxy, by poking fun on Superbowl Sunday, the NFL’s biggest day of the year.
The XFL twitter account @XFL2020 posted three videos, all poking fun on nuances of the NFL that they feel makes the game less exciting to watch: Confusion over when a catch is a catch, the slow pace of the NFL game, and rules in the NFL that are confusing.
In the XFL, a catch is a catch.
Less stall, more ball.
Why is the XFL launching?
An opportunity exists to re-imagine America’s favorite sport by putting fans at the center, while leveraging a changing media landscape and evolving consumer viewing behavior.
Who owns and runs the XFL?
Vince McMahon is personally funding this venture through Alpha Entertainment, a new private entity.
Will teams be owned by the league or will teams be owned and run by independent entities?
The new XFL is a single entity structure with plans for eight teams at launch, all of which will be owned by the league.
When is the XFL launching?
The new XFL is scheduled to launch in early 2020.
Where will teams be located?
The selection of cities will take place over the coming months, and a mix of major and mid-major markets in all regions of the U.S. are possibilities.
Have team nicknames been determined?
Team identities and logos will be revealed after cities are selected.
When will games be played?
Games are being planned for Sundays.
How many games will be played? What’s the postseason structure?
Plans include each team playing a 10-game regular season, with a postseason consisting of two semifinal games followed by a championship game.
How big will team rosters be?
Active rosters will have approximately 40 players.
What will players’ salary structure look like?
The players’ salary structure is still in development, but players will be paid to play, and paid more to win.
Will there be testing for illicit drugs and PEDs?
The XFL’s comprehensive player health and wellness policy will include drug testing.
It came as no suprise to see that “The Sporting News” has asked Terrel Owens if he would play in the XFL. After all, the media is all about generating clicks, and a Terrel Owens story has to generate a few just on name recognition alone. However, Owen’s response was quite predictable.
“Absolutely not,” Owens told Sporting News on Wednesday. “The XFL is two years away. Vince McMahon, he had a run at that in 2001 and it didn’t really do so well. He’s had a number of years to try to figure it out, and has only two years before it starts up to put it back on the right track. I don’t foresee it being a great success unless they make some drastic changes to bring together some quality talent and bring together a quality game. That’s what it’s about. He can’t make a mockery of football. He’s looking at it like a business, but you need to have quality with that.” Reference: http://www.sportingnews.com/nfl/news/terrell-owens-xfl-return-vince-mcmahon-wide-receiver/bmhztel2bujp1wt46ztslnx7h
Why would anyone think that a 44-year old Terrel Owens was a candidate for the XFL? Sure, he’ s fit, but there are plenty of talented 20-year olds that will be more than suitable for play in the XFL.
Categorize this story as “bashing the XFL”. We’ve seen it before, and we will see plenty more between now and 2020.
That being said, you’d think TO would be happy to see increased opportunities for young football talent to play the game we all love.