That is the XFL, once more.
Over 19 years after Vince McMahon’s skilled soccer league was introduced, the WWE Chairman is predicted to announce he is carry again the XFL Thursday.
Sources instructed CBS Sports activities the return of the controversial soccer league will likely be made official in a press convention Thursday. Nonetheless, the league shouldn’t be anticipated to begin up once more till 2020.
ESPN’s Darren Rovell additionally tweeted out the information Thursday, saying McMahon’s funding firm, Alpha Leisure, will begin a professional soccer league.
The XFL has been gone since 2001, after just one 12 months of league play. Nonetheless, rumors of it is return began to select up steam in December.
WWE didn’t affirm or deny the rumor after they have been requested by Deadspin reporter David Bixenspan.
“Vince McMahon has established and is personally funding a separate entity from WWE, Alpha Leisure, to discover funding alternatives throughout the sports activities and leisure landscapes, together with skilled soccer. Mr. McMahon has nothing additional to announce at the moment,” the assertion learn.
Bixenspan additionally reported that WWE had filed for 2 new XFL logos.
McMahon might be seeking to be an opportunist and money in on issues happening within the NFL with decrease scores and protests.
The primary incarnation of the XFL accentuated the violent hits that the NFL is attempting to maneuver away from within the wake of rising issues over Continual Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), a mind illness attributable to repetitive head trauma that has been present in 99% of the brains examined of deceased NFL gamers by the Boston College CTE Heart.
McMahon hinted he’d be open to bringing again the league in an ESPN 30 for 30 documentary known as “This Was The XFL” that aired final 12 months.
“I do not know what it might be. I do not know if it is going to be one other XFL or what it might be or how totally different I might make it. It looks like in a roundabout way it might tie in both with the NFL itself or the house owners,” McMahon mentioned.
The WWE Chairman’s plan for what it might be is predicted to be revealed at a three p.m. press convention Thursday.