The XFL is coming back.
WWE founder Vince McMahon has decided to take a second shot at forming a football league. But unlike with the first edition of the XFL, he'll be the sole owner of all eight teams, which will each play 10 regular-season games. He plans to put up $100 million of his own money to make it work.
Some other interesting tidbits:
- The teams will begin operations in 2019. McMahon believes the original XFL failed largely because it began play so soon after its announcement, and didn't have the time to lay groundwork.
- Players and coaches will not be allowed to kneel for the national anthem.
- Players with criminal records will not be eligible.
- Game play will not include gimmicks such as allowing receivers to get a running start behind the line of scrimmage before the snap.
- McMahon says rosters will be determined by merit, not marketability -- so don't expect to see Tim Tebow on the field just to sell tickets.
McMahon also says he doesn't want the XFL to be a developmental league for the NFL, but he hasn't specified how he'll prevent players from jumping ship.