WWF ready to launch rival football league
New York, NY (Sports Network) - World Wrestling Federation
chairman Vince McMahon announced Thursday that he is going to
launch a pro football league in the spring of 2001.
The longtime wrestling mogul has scheduled a news conference
in New York City to unveil the league that is expected to play
outdoors in eight U.S. cities, including Los Angeles, New York,
San Francisco, Miami, Orlando and Washington D.C.
"This will be real American football on a 100-yard field,
but with a lot more fun and a lot more attitude," McMahon
said. "The NFL has become too conservative, too corporate
with too much regulation. We're bringing back old-fashioned, smashmouth
football but with cutting-edge marketing and production values."
According to reports, McMahon has already secured a television
deal that would broadcast his XFL throughout North America, with
the hopes of expanding into the Canadian market. Expansion franchises
could sprout up in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver.
McMahon's plans have received little reaction from the NFL, but
the Canadian Football League is concerned, according to CFL president
"My first thought is players," Giles told the Toronto
Globe and Mail. "They have to get their players from somewhere,
and I'm sure they'll be looking at us. I'm sure they can offer
more than we can pay."