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12 minutes ago, Red Comet said:

It's a shame the league is apparently shutting down. But, it really is a case study that you need an actual financial plan and to plan on losing at least tens of millions. Oh, and actually market your team in said markets. It's not a coincidence that San Antonio was the only market to succeed as it was the only team in the AAF that thought "Maybe this advertising idea isn't so overrated?"

 

Honestly? If Vince plays his cards right, the XFL will at least finish its first season and maybe a second (especially if looks like there's a strike/lockout come 2021).

If Vince McMahon were honest, he'd drop the proposal to relaunch immediately.

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15 minutes ago, Red Comet said:

It's a shame the league is apparently shutting down. But, it really is a case study that you need an actual financial plan and to plan on losing at least tens of millions. Oh, and actually market your team in said markets. It's not a coincidence that San Antonio was the only market to succeed as it was the only team in the AAF that thought "Maybe this advertising idea isn't so overrated?"

 

Honestly? If Vince plays his cards right, the XFL will at least finish its first season and maybe a second (especially if looks like there's a strike/lockout come 2021).

 

Honestly, I picture Goodell in his Park Avenue office reveling with fiendish glee over the AAF folding since the Alliance took attention away from his own league.

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1 minute ago, neo_prankster said:

 

Honestly, I picture Goodell in his Park Avenue office reveling with fiendish glee over the AAF folding since the Alliance took attention away from his own league.

 

But did it though, other than in a “lolcow”-ish way?

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8 minutes ago, neo_prankster said:

Honestly, I picture Goodell in his Park Avenue office reveling with fiendish glee over the AAF folding since the Alliance took attention away from his own league.

 

I don't think this is very honest at all.

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22 minutes ago, buzzcut said:

If Vince McMahon were honest, he'd drop the proposal to relaunch immediately.

 

Vince is stubborn. Hell, if it weren't for not finding a TV deal, he would've gone ahead for year 2 of the XFL.

 

I can't imagine that being 20 years older has made him any less stubborn. And the fact that he's drummed up around half a billion in available capital tells me he isn't going to just cut and run like Dundon is.

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38 minutes ago, AustinFomBoston said:

Wow even the original XFL manged to make it past 1 full season.

 

NBC was a co-owner as well as broadcaster.  There was never any chance that the XFL wasn't going to finish out its television schedule regardless of ratings.

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11 minutes ago, Red Wolf said:

I can’t imagine Goodell even began to notice the AAF. 

 

Nor does he seem to notice legit gripes about his league's officiating.

 

Seems more like he hypothetically told Saints fans to "get over it" after that playoff loss to the Rams.

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1 minute ago, DG_Now said:

 

Is that Jonah from Superstore?

 

(Am I the only one who knows that actor as Jonah from Superstore? Is that disqualifying?)

 

He's the lawyer in Silicon Valley as well.  I like Superstore, though.

 

As for the AAF... It's a little disappointing, though not terribly surprising.  I was hoping they could at least make it through an entire season.

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41 minutes ago, Red Comet said:

It's a shame the league is apparently shutting down. But, it really is a case study that you need an actual financial plan and to plan on losing at least tens of millions. Oh, and actually market your team in said markets. It's not a coincidence that San Antonio was the only market to succeed as it was the only team in the AAF that thought "Maybe this advertising idea isn't so overrated?"

 

Honestly? If Vince plays his cards right, the XFL will at least finish its first season and maybe a second (especially if looks like there's a strike/lockout come 2021).

Why is it a shame? Is it because it was woefuly underfunded from the beginning and was doomed on that basis?

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Just now, Sec19Row53 said:

Why is it a shame? Is it because it was woefuly underfunded from the beginning and was doomed on that basis?

 

Because I actually enjoyed watching the product despite all of the off-field issues? 

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I just hope some of the players from the league who were doing well can get a camp call up & make a roster spot. I was hoping it would have succeeded because a lot of these players on those rosters needed game action & development. Some players just need more development after college.

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I knew the league was folding when they abruptly moved the championship game from Las Vegas to Texas.

 

What I also learned was that Ebersol and company either grossly underestimated the amount of capital needed to operate the league or he was an amateur snake oil salesman or both.

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