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Vince McMahon to Target Alienated NFL Fans with 'New XFL'

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by deepest_background, Dec 27, 2017.

  1. cyclingwriter2

    cyclingwriter2 Well-Known Member

    The idea that trumps entire presidency is some kind of Brewster’s Millions type scenario makes sense to me.
  2. wicked

    wicked Well-Known Member

    He was batshit crazy back then, too? Who knew?

  3. Neutral Corner

    Neutral Corner Well-Known Member

  4. outofplace

    outofplace Well-Known Member

    I'm trying to keep it away from politics, but he was an absolute disaster as an owner. Nobody did more to destroy that league than Donald Trump.
  5. playthrough

    playthrough Moderator Staff Member

    Frankly, when any venture goes belly-up, would employees expect a free ride home?
  6. HanSenSE

    HanSenSE Well-Known Member

    Hoo boy what a flustercluck. It's like someone thought they could just walk into the door of any NFL team and they'd just hand over the contracts of the reserves. And giving away your product to TV? I can see how they ran out of money so quickly.
  7. tapintoamerica

    tapintoamerica Well-Known Member

    The lack of TV revenue for the first year does explain it. If you're going to agree to that kind of deal, don't you need a massive investor up front? I'm no businessman, but man ....
    I'm guessing that someone in NFL HQ is leaking those details now that the AAF is belly-up.
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  8. poindexter

    poindexter Well-Known Member

    Sounds like the younger Ebersol is a chip off the block of old Dick "plausibly live" Ebersol.
  9. garrow

    garrow Well-Known Member

  10. Starman

    Starman Well-Known Member

    I imagine the NFL owners, and maybe even the NFLPA, might have been agreeable to some kind of taxi-squad arrangement for 3rd-stringers, but only after the AAF had proven itself as a fairly stable operation.

    Whatever kind of arrangement anybody came up with, it was going to have to be part of the new CBA.

    And the NFL is simply not going to put up with con men trying to blackmail their way into the NFL umbrella.
  11. Batman

    Batman Well-Known Member

    How many startup football leagues have had a merger or partnership of some sort with the NFL as the ultimate goal in their business model?
    I think one (the AFL) has succeeded.
    Reminds me of the tech industry model, where the way to get rich is to develop one good idea and then got bought out for millions.
  12. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

    To work, I think the NFL has to have control of the league and perhaps they allow local investors to "buy in" for a local operation provided they meet and continue to meet specific criteria. Local partner responsible for obtaining local venue, marketing, ticket sales and sponsorship, league handles coaching, personnel and medical staff similar to baseball's model. NFL retains at least 51 percent interest in league.
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