Finally — the XFL has come BACK — to a television near you!
Do you feel it? Do you feel the electricity?
Can you hear it? Can you hear everyone chanting the Rock’s name?
Do you smell it? It doesn’t matter if you smell it!
Just as sure, as for the very first time, the XFL is back! The Rock says the most electrifying spring football league is back and it’s going to be better than ever. To all of the jabroni’s out there, taking a victory lap on Twitter saying they knew the league would fail, do me a favor. Take your fancy little iPhone, shine it up real nice, turn that sumb**ch sideways and stick it straight up your candy a**!
The Rock says the XFL is back and it’s back for good. And this time, we’re going to layeth the smacketh down on all of the people that doubted us. And the fact of the matter is this — the XFL was a success. It had millions — AND MILLIONS of fans all throughout the country.
IF YA SMELLLLL WHAT THE ROCK IS COOKIN’!
So what actually happened? How did The Rock and Co. put this together?
Full disclosure, I’m a WWF Attitude Era guy so I’m going to just refer to him as The Rock because he will always be The Rock to me.
Ok, so the XFL did actually sell. And Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson was apart of the group that purchased the league. Dany Garcia and RedBird Capital Partners were the investors along with The Rock, who purchased the XFL for $15 million.
With my trail blazing partner @DanyGarciaCo & Red Bird Capital, we have acquired the XFL.
With gratitude & passion I’ve built a career with my own two hands and will apply these callouses to our @xfl2020 brand.
Excited to create something special for the fans! #XFL #fullcircle pic.twitter.com/LprJ6HjglD
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) August 3, 2020
“The acquisition of the XFL with my talented partners, Dany Garcia and Gerry Cardinale, is an investment for me that’s rooted deeply in two things — my passion for the game and my desire to always take care of the fans,” The Rock said in a statement. “With pride and gratitude for all that I’ve built with my own two hands, I plan to apply these callouses to the XFL, and look forward to creating something special for the players, fans, and everyone involved for the love of football.”
Dany Garica is now the first woman to own a professional sports league.
— Dany Garcia (@DanyGarciaCo) August 3, 2020
Is college football cancelling?
The opportunity for the XFL right now is massive. If college football — or even just some of the conferences — don’t end up playing this season, there’s a real chance those college athletes can play in the XFL.
There was an idea before the prior season launched that some of the top college athletes could opt out of college and play in the XFL and then be eligible for the following draft. This way, they can make money rather than playing for free in college. But that is a very slippery slope and can be discussed in a later column.
Point is — the idea was already out there.
The Rock has already come out and said that the plan is for the league to continue playing next season. So if you’re one of the college players in the late day two or day three draft range, what better way to get some more tape on yourself with the potential to up your draft stock? Videos of your home workouts that you post on Instagram isn’t going to help you. But the XFL proved to be competitive, good football and the NFL did pay attention to what the players in the league did. The NFL signed the leagues top two quarterbacks, PJ Walker and Jordan Ta’amu, among many other former XFL players.
Best case scenario, we all have the luxury of watching college football in the fall. And then we get the XFL back up and running in the spring! The XFL was good. The product was good. The rule changes were awesome. And most importantly the league was not going to fail. It stopped because a world wide pandemic! But it’s back now and I could not be more excited!
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