Vince McMahon's XFL to kick off in 2020, will you watch?

WWE chairman and CEO Vince Mc Mahon has announced new plans to launch a professional football league

WWE chairman and CEO Vince Mc Mahon has announced new plans to launch a professional football league

Interest in the league was reignited when ESPN aired the "This Was the XFL" documentary that chronicled the spectacular football failure.

Though the original XFL only lasted a season, some players parlayed their success into new National Football League careers or second chances.

On Thursday, WWE founder Vince McMahon announced plans to reboot the XFL-which had a short-lived trial run in 2001.

"Don't get me wrong, it's still football, but it's professional football reimagined", the 72-year-old said at a news conference. He will continue as chairman and CEO of WWE.

The first XFL season is expected to debut at the end of the National Football League season in 2020 and it will be comprised of eight teams, 40-man roster, playing a 10-week schedule. "Facebook, Amazon - they're all really getting into [live sports], but it's only the beginning", said McMahon, who added he has already spoken to potential digital partners.

Vince McMahon will, at least in name, have unilateral control over every team in the league.

The original XFL was founded by the wrestling company and jointly owned by NBC, and opened to massive TV ratings. This way, they can treat the formation of the league with some more care.

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The XFL is returning to our screens more than a decade and a half after it ceased operations, and nobody quite knows what to make of it.

A statement released by the XFL says it aims to deliver a "fan-centric, innovative, experience" with the focus on a "family-friendly environment".

"The game is going to end in two hours, you can't have a criminal record, you can't have any rebels because you're all going to salute the flag", he moaned.

The first player to scoop up the ball would win possession for his team.

"This could be a gimmick-free XFL, perhaps without nicknames such as Rod Smart's "He Hate Me" stitched on the back of his uniform".

But when McMahon was asked specifically about hiring the former San Francisco 49er second-string quarterback, the re-minted football league boss said he absolutely would consider giving Kaepernick a shot, NESN reported.

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