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kdeselms

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#1 18 years ago

Well, looks like NBC giving up on the XFL made Vinnie Mac think twice about pouring even more money into it. The focus really needs to be on his core business anyway, especially with the untapped potential of WCW sitting around waiting for some attention. Unfortunately, the XFL was badly marketed early in the season and instantly turned off the true "football people" in the audience. By putting JR and Lawler in the announcing booth and including promos by WWF superstars, they ensured that NFL fans and the mainstream press would badmouth it from the get-go. They just never stopped badmouthing it...even after many of the problems were fixed.

I thought some of the presentation changes were good and I suspect the NFL is going to take a few of them for themselves, now that the XFL is gone.

------------------ Kevin, the erstwhile "Hi-Fi" www.videowrestling.com




Apache[VE]

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#2 18 years ago

XFL was sooooo bad. 30 million in the hole for season one... I mean, they didn't pay the athletes much (a few grand a game) I wonder where all the money went? wink.gif




Iwacoff

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#3 18 years ago

I think part of the problem is due to the partnership with NBC. Had this league started small and been allowed time to grow it may have lasted. But it was originally touted as the NFL replacement, which of course no league will be ever to do. And with NBC involved all they were worried about is the bottom line. Now take a league like the Arena League, it's lasted 15 years due to the fact that they started small and didn't place unrealistic goals upon themselves.




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#4 18 years ago
Originally posted by Iwacoff: I think part of the problem is due to the partnership with NBC. Had this league started small and been allowed time to grow it may have lasted. But it was originally touted as the NFL replacement, which of course no league will be ever to do. And with NBC involved all they were worried about is the bottom line. Now take a league like the Arena League, it's lasted 15 years due to the fact that they started small and didn't place unrealistic goals upon themselves.

EXACTLY what I was thinking...they should have partnered with ESPN or just made it the NFL winter league and called it XNFL. Then it would at least get a "rub" from the big dog in football that the new league was legit.




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#5 18 years ago

Well the NFL already bailed out one league: The World League, and renamed it NFL: Europe. Though the bastards stripped all the American teams and moved them East.

I see a pattern forming, if a league ever announces a team for Orlando it's pretty much guaranteed to fail. wink.gif




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#6 18 years ago

NBA?!?!




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#7 18 years ago

Actually it's funny that you mention the NBA, since the city is in a nasty dispute with Rich Devos over building a new stadium. Devos wants to use a percentage of the tourism tax to help build a new stadium. He's trying to get the city and county to fund 80% of the stadium. Never mind that this guy is the founder of Amway and he's a billionaire. The good thing is that the lease on the TD Waterhouse Arena isn't up until 2006, but there is still the possibility of losing the magic.

But my point about leagues annoucing teams for Orlando is about football. We've had numerous leagues come through this town and every single one of them has folded. With one exception, The Arena League.