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New XFL in 2020, No ‘Take-a-Knee’ Allowed

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Our inside sports source “Keefus” called this one back in December and today there was some clarification on the new XFL. Vince McMahon of WWE fame will once again be running the league, as he did in its first foray in 2001, but things will be quite different this time around, according to a report on ESPN.

There will be no ‘gimmicks’ that were prevalent 17 years ago, nor will there be any crossover between talent in the WWE and the XFL platform. And even McMahon himself, who was very visible the first time around, will be behind-the-scenes.


But the best news coming out of this announcement – which will be officially unveiled at a September 25 press conference – is that the XFL will have much better public relations than the NFL for two simple reasons: no players will be allowed to take a knee during the playing of the National Anthem and anyone with a criminal record will not be invited to earn a roster spot.

“People don’t want social and political issues coming into play when they are trying to be entertained,” McMahon told ESPN. “We want someone who wants to take a knee to do their version of that on their personal time.”


“We are evaluating a player based on many things, including the quality of human being they are,” McMahon continued. “If you have any sort of criminal record or commit a crime, you aren’t playing in this league.”

He will not only be the head of the league, but also the owner of the eight proposed teams, as well, with different people running the respective franchises. “I can say, ‘Here are the rules, and as long as you are playing football in the stadium for us, you follow these rules.'”

That is a breath of fresh air from the horrendous leadership purported by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, who has allowed the kneeling (and Black Panther fist) protests to become more of a talking point than the games themselves, as well as presiding over a league that has suffered ratings drops over the last two years, not a coincidence that the protests began then by now-unemployed quarterback Colin Kaepernick.


McMahon declined to take any shots at the NFL, stating that the timing has nothing to do with their well-documented issues and that he wanted to bring the XFL back since it folded after it’s lone campaign. But that appears to be mere gamesmanship on the mogul’s part; the NFL is ripe for the picking right now after such a tumultuous stretch filled with the criticism and flat out boycotting by a large number of people.

The plan is for a 10-week season to begin in January 2020 and the games to be run quicker, approximately two hours in length would be ideal, according to McMahon.


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