The XFL is coming again in 2020 with the purpose to “give the sport of soccer again to the followers.”
Vince McMahon, the founder and sole funding supply for the league, mentioned he desires to reimagine the sport of soccer and provide a “shorter, faster-paced, household pleasant, simpler to grasp recreation.”
It additionally means no gamers with legal backgrounds, no political or social stances, probably no halftime and fewer commercials.
McMahon insists that the NFL’s declining rankings and protests throughout the nationwide anthem weren’t among the many causes for bringing the XFL again, but was clear the league will probably be freed from any politics.
“So far as our league is worried it would don’t have anything to do with politics,” McMahon mentioned. “Completely nothing and nothing to do with social points, both. We’re there to play soccer. We wish actually good soccer and I believe that’s what followers need as properly. Once they tune in I don’t suppose they wish to take care of political points and issues of that nature and that’s what we’re going to ship.”
A part of McMahon’s try to take politics out of will probably be to have gamers stand for the nationwide anthem.
“The nationwide anthem is a time honored custom performed to at the present time, and a few years prior to now, previous to most athletic occasions in our nation and different international locations,” he mentioned. “There’s loads of alternatives, methods gamers and coaches and members of the media can categorical their views so far as social facets are involved. We’re right here to play soccer. Once we come onto the sphere we’re right here to play soccer and that’s everybody’s job.”
It will disqualify gamers, equivalent to Colin Kaepernick, who started the motion to protest social injustices by kneeling throughout the nationwide anthem, although McMahon mentioned Kaepernick might play if he abided by the foundations.
One former participant who wouldn’t play can be Johnny Manziel.
In actual fact, McMahon was requested particularly about Manziel, Kaepernick and Tim Tebow becoming a member of the XFL and McMahon solely talked about Tebow by identify as somebody who might play.
“The standard of human being is simply as essential as high quality of participant,” he mentioned. “We wish somebody with out criminality … in case you have a DUI you wouldn’t play within the XFL. That may get rid of a few of them but when Tim Tebow desires to play he might very properly play.”
Participant security is one other subject that has plagued the NFL, with CTE and concussions ensuing into new guidelines which have resulted in additional flags and fewer large hits. The previous XFL prided itself on much less flags and extra large hits, however McMahon was cautious on what the brand new XFL would convey.
“Re-imagining the sport of soccer means you’re reimagining it on all ranges, in addition to security,” he mentioned. “We’ll make the atmosphere as secure as attainable, but it surely’s nonetheless soccer.”
McMahon additionally desires a quicker recreation and believes he can reduce it down to 2 hours and talked about the attainable elimination of halftime.
Gamers kneel throughout the nationwide anthem
Whereas the XFL lasted only one season final time, McMahon believes he has pinpointed a purpose on why he will probably be extra profitable this time.
“I believe a very powerful factor is the standard of the play,” he mentioned. “Fairly frankly, we solely had quick time to place all the things collectively (final time). We now have two years to essentially get all the things proper. It’s the standard of the play.”