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« Reply #30 on: February 12, 2020, 03:37:35 pm »

Then that begs the question. Why did it fail last time?

McMahon's ego. He wanted to destroy the NFL as opposed to just make a financially successful league that could've lasted over time on a smaller scale. I don't think he thinks that way anymore. He is much better prepared this time by funding the league for 3 years and not being too silly and "Xtreme" like having two people literally fighting over a ball to see who gets it first rather than a coin toss.
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« Reply #31 on: February 12, 2020, 11:30:53 pm »

Don't mistake my point. I hope it does well, I'm just skeptical of a league that folded once, hasless attendance than a hockey game and has a similar story of money on hand as the last league that folded.

Money on hand and willingness to spend it are two different things.   The AAF folded because the chairman wasn't willing to spend anymore.
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« Reply #32 on: February 13, 2020, 09:55:05 am »

Then that begs the question. Why did it fail last time?

2001 XFL  Failed due to gimmicky football, fans not buying in to the product, TV deals failed.
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« Reply #33 on: February 20, 2020, 09:51:52 am »

2001 XFL  Failed due to gimmicky football, fans not buying in to the product, TV deals failed.

Yeah, other than the league name and Vince McMahon, this XFL is nothing like the last XFL. It *is* a lot like the AAF and the myriad of previous spring leagues, though. Plenty of them have seen decent ratings initially, but the willingness to spend money for years has not been present. Time will tell if McMahon is willing to put up for 3 years as reported. It's easy to say he will at this point, but when he's sunk $250 million after two years and those big TV contracts are still nowhere to be found, ponying up another $125 million for season 3 gets a lot harder.
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« Reply #34 on: February 20, 2020, 10:05:08 am »

They need some QBs.  I'm not sure how they will survive when you always leave wanting more.
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« Reply #35 on: February 24, 2020, 09:13:11 am »

It'll be interesting to see the TV ratings for week 3. Actual game attendance has been up every week, but ratings for week 2 (Daytona 500 competition) was pretty soft. Week 1 can be a major outlier in terms of ratings, but one thing XFL has going for it is that ratings have actually increased from kickoff to the end of the game indicating that people are liking the product (enough not to switch channels). The old XFL was the other way around. Ratings plummeted not only week to week, but also during games.
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« Reply #36 on: February 24, 2020, 10:00:19 am »

I think it really helps it have it so accessible. I turned the game on last night just because it was on tv and I didn't have anything else to watch. I think McMahan's plan is pretty smart. We'll have to see if it works out in the long run.
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