XFL puts failures of the past behind, ahead of highly anticipated relaunch

It's no secret spring football or professional football outside of the juggernaut NFL is a difficult and risky business. Many start up leagues have tried in the past and many have failed miserably. Making matters worse with the most recent and unfortunate shut down of the beloved Arena League after it's over three decades of operation, virtually no major professional football leagues outside of the NFL and XFL are still surviving today in the United States. Even the XFL had it's first run in 2001 where standing out and gimmicks seemed to be the main selling point. As the XFL was surely interesting with such things as wresting for the football and so on, it was not profitable. The lack of funding eventually did the young birth child of WWE owner Vince McMahon in and the XFL closed its doors after only one season. The Alliance of American Football is another one, and was the most recent to some what hit the main stage if only for a few weeks in the spring of 2019. Until majority owner and NHL Carolina Hurricanes owner Tom Dundon pulled all his funding and the AAF ceased operations after a hand full of weeks. Many question marks remain around the funding of the AAF as well as many of the other leagues of the past that are no more. Is it actually possible? How is it possible?

The XFL has made all efforts under the sun to distance their brand rebirth from the utter debacle of 2001. This surely hasn't been a easy task as many football fans have ever lasting memories of characters such as RB Rod Smart or "He Hate Me" and the Los Angeles Extreme raising the Million Dollar Game trophy, if only to cap that one season it was. With stark leadership of XFL President of Operations Oliver Luck and a whole new direction for the league, the XFL has done the best it can to establish a whole new brand. It may never fully remove it self from it's failures but they can always learn and not make the same mistakes. This goes along with learning from failures of other leagues. Which they have! Scoring a major television deal was paramount to early success and establishing that new brand. The AAF failed miserably to get on national television outlets such as Fox, ABC,ESPN, and NBC all while the XFL will be on a few of those come a weekly basis starting this weekend. Another key to the XFL's success will be gambling, yes that long standing no no topic that has been taboo to talk about as a main point of the game of football or sports in general will drive a huge draw for the XFL. Sports gambling isn't the first thing heard on the wake up shows on ESPN and certainly never in game by the announcers. This is where the XFL will be truly revolutionary as the announcers will be given the freedom to openly discuss betting lines during games and other factors related. With the nation wide legalization of sports gambling in large part, the XFL has a huge pool of not only hungry football betters but new betters in states like New Jersey that have just legalized sports gambling this last year. The last and most important factor is funding and taking care of the players. So often many of these leagues are strapped up and put together to only be torn a part a year or two down the line not thinking of the lives and dreams that are effected. In my opinion, if the XFL is to survive they need to realize they wont win the race in a sprint but take it all in stride and make meticulous decisions that will better them in the long run even if it means sacrificing something today.

Thank you for reading! Check out this last weeks Podcast with Zach Gartin of The Guard Post: A new York Guardians Podcast as we talk the XFL and what they need to do differently to avoid the same fate as leagues like the AAF as well as innovations we are most excited for and much more!

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