Steve Levy on the XFL “The NFL wants this to work”

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Re: Steve Levy on the XFL “The NFL wants this to work”

Post by MikeMitchell » Wed Nov 13, 2019 1:33 pm

GregParks wrote:
Sat Nov 09, 2019 10:20 pm
So, a couple things here:

(a) I thought it was interesting that Levy said "the NFL wants this to work." There was no follow-up from the interviewers on what he meant by that or how he knows that (it seemed like a lighting-round type of questions there so they may have been short on time). Certainly there is incentive for the NFL to have free-agents getting work in another league, giving them more experience and allowing their scouts to see more of players. But there's also obviously a limit on what the NFL is willing to do to make sure a spring league works, as we saw with what happened with the AAF.
I think Levy’s comments about the NFL are very true. From a personnel standpoint. Players, coaches and front office talent evaluators desperately want a second pro football league in the states to work. It would be tremendous for the football industry. Right out the gate, it’s hundreds of football based jobs that provide invaluable experience.

From the business side and upper management. Oliver Luck has a lot of friends and backers in the NFL. Luck is close to the Hunt family, John Schneider and so many of the NFL’s high ranked executives. As Sports Illustrated reported. Luck was able to broker a meeting with himself, McMahon and Roger Goodell back in December. Big brother is watching for sure. The NFL had execs watching the leagues game and broadcast testing with the Spring League.

The XFL could change the way the NFL does business off and on the field.

From a competitive standpoint. You see things like an extended regular season and extended rosters as a way of potentially hurting the XFL talent pool. If NFL rosters expand to 60 and there are extended practice squads. That could take a lot of talent off the table. An extended NFL regular season could go deeper into February and push an XFL season back a bit.

The real sign of the NFL competing with the XFL would be them actually starting their own developmental league in the spring. The XFL being around keeps them from having to commit hundreds of millions of dollars to starting another NFL Europe, but if the XFL is seen as a threat, which they will never be in my opinion. The NFL could start their own league just to kill off the XFL.

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Re: Steve Levy on the XFL “The NFL wants this to work”

Post by Sounder » Wed Nov 13, 2019 3:22 pm

For a guy like Bruno Reagan.....a former standout high school and junior competition wrestler turned football player coming off a solid college career at Vanderbilt.....the XFL becomes his "bridge" for reaching his ultimate goal of the NFL. He's been to NFL training camps.....but has yet to really catch on. He's been drafted by the BattleHawks.

So that would be one way to get fans......casual ones and especially women....to be on board is to tell these stories about overcoming the odds in a reality show kind of way about the player, maybe you'd find yourself watching because you're rooting for the guy. A real American heartwarming ahhhhhhh.
It would be great to have Al Trautwig narrate it

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Re: Steve Levy on the XFL “The NFL wants this to work”

Post by Firecop » Wed Nov 13, 2019 7:54 pm

Granted that the XFL could change the way the NFL does business on and off the field. And, if in fact, many or even some of the XFL's re-imagining football inovations catch on with fans. And if the NFL were to adopt the most popular/successful ones, could this adversely impact the XFL's uniqueness and therefore reduce its fan base? The XFL takes the risk as it were, and the NFL reaps the rewards.
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Re: Steve Levy on the XFL “The NFL wants this to work”

Post by MGB01 » Wed Nov 13, 2019 9:29 pm

This is definitely a big deal when you compare this to XFL1.0

In 2001, NBC had the NBA and Notre Dame football, and that was largely it. The XFL was for the most part kept away from both--NBC's NCAAF coverage ended with the VT/Clemson Gator Bowl on New Years Day so there wouldn't have been any pairing, while the MDG followed an NBA first round tripleheader. Nineteen years later their TV partners feature NCAA basketball (FOX/ESPN) and the NBA (ABC), and the league is paired with both.

NBC treated the XFL as a bad knockoff of SNME (Dick Ebersol once scripted a bad promo for Jake Roberts), while this is an actual deal with ABC/ESPN and FOX. Sure it's probably a guinea pig (for upcoming NFL TV deals mostly), but the best bet is just to roll with it--both sides get what they want.

Plus Goodell once boasted of wanting to own the entire year, this is the way to do it. After all, there's only so much free agency and draft stuff that you can go with. So with that, fingers crossed that we're still doing this in 2-3 years, I would imagine the plan would be to shift opening week to March (avoid the Olympics in '22) and perhaps eventually an April-June season, maybe free agency starting in late February and the draft ends up in March, then XFL until training camp.

Sure it sacrifices independence to a degree but is the goal to be the "independent renegade" or to be still doing this down the road? If it's a "partnership"--i.e. working understanding--with the NFL so be it.

Vince McMahon didn't just develop and grow a relationship with ESPN over the last decade-plus where it was previously low-key adversarial (and they're essentially neighbors so you might as well do the 'love thy.......' stuff) as well as with Jerry Jones (Wrestlemania 32) just so he can turn around and go Mr. McMahon, which gives him five minutes of press but burns enough bridges to make the AAF look like the local 2520. This ain't Monopoly money, especially this being his last chance.

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Re: Steve Levy on the XFL “The NFL wants this to work”

Post by LeoNY » Thu Nov 14, 2019 10:41 pm

XFL.com has been doing a lot of news updates on their site. They posted this Levy story as well as a recent Curt Menefee interview, where he talks about his XFL play by play job on Fox.

https://www.xfl.com/en-US/articles/arou ... rt-menefee

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Re: Steve Levy on the XFL “The NFL wants this to work”

Post by MGB01 » Fri Nov 15, 2019 11:32 am

Hey Aaron Murray's got a week off (CBSSN has a basketball game instead of late Sat night football), maybe he can get some practice in for a Greg Olsen role (or Matt Hasselbeck, did it in his later years) himself.

FOX has been big on the active player thing (Olsen, Hasselbeck, Richard Sherman, Keyshawn Johnson), so "whenif" the league grows to possibly include bye weeks, there you go.

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