Huge news is breaking in the football world this morning and it has nothing to do with the NFL or the Super Bowl. In classic Vince McMahon fashion, he waited until Pro Bowl week where nothing is going on, nobody is in Minnesota yet for SB52 and everybody needs to storylines, to announce that he will be starting a new football league set to launch in 2020.
Obviously, everybody’s immediate thoughts turn to XFL 2.0, but we’re not sure if that’s the name they plan to go with. Either way, with Vince at the top leading it, you can bet that there will definitely be some XFL vibes from this new league.
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) January 25, 2018
Rovell’s initial report did not specify a date when this league plans to launch, but according to PWInsider (via WrestlingInc.com), 2020 will be the first season:
According to PWInsider, WWE’s production team has begun working on video footage for the eventual return of the XFL. The report stated that the XFL will officially make its comeback in 2020 to make sure they have a proper foundation put together for the league. This would include building out rosters and coaches.
WWE founder and chairman Vince McMahon will announce that he will make another attempt at starting a professional football league, sources told ESPN.
Alpha Entertainment, a company formed by McMahon, issued a media advisory Thursday saying that McMahon would have a “major sports announcement” on Thursday afternoon.
Last month, WWE filed paperwork with the Securities and Exchange Commission stating that McMahon would sell approximately $100 million in stock to fund Alpha Entertainment, a company founded to make investments “including professional football.”
It is not clear whether McMahon will use the name XFL, the ill-fated football league that he co-owned with NBC and that lasted only one season in 2001, but Alpha has filed trademarks for that name.
Remember, this comes a little over a month after the initial news of the XFL returning broke back in December. Brad Shepard on Twitter reported a January 25th announcement date and he absolutely nailed it.
And now that we have Johnny Football on his way back, he’ll have a couple of seasons to get back into the swing of things before he becomes the face of the XFL in 2020. Can’t freaking wait.
I’m DEFINITELY going to need a 41 year old He Hate Me getting workhorse carries when the XFL returns
— Dan (@AtIantaDan) January 25, 2018
@JManziel2 LETS WRECK THE XFL!
— Busted Coverage (@bustedcoverage) January 25, 2018
UPDATE: XFL is confirmed! We have a leaked logo
Of course they’re going red, white, and blue. Wouldn’t have expected anything else.
So @AlphaEntLLC just trialled a live-stream ahead of their press conference at 3PM E.T.
This was the final shot.
Ladies and gentlemen, it’s happening. pic.twitter.com/n5c4UMkpOf
— The Tag Rope (@tagropemag) January 25, 2018
UPDATE #2: more details from McMahon’s press conference
Vince McMahon officially announces the return of the XFL in 2020.
8 teams, 10 games, 40 man rosters.
— SportsBlogNewYork (@SportBlogNYC) January 25, 2018
The new XFL will have no cheerleaders. It will not hire players who have arrest records. And it will make sure that all of its players stand for the national anthem. https://t.co/aBk4VnKKcl
— John Ourand (@Ourand_SBJ) January 25, 2018
— WWE (@WWE) January 25, 2018