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The XFL Network

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THIS…IS…THE XFL NETWORK!

Alright Vince isn’t going to say that. It doesn’t have the same feel like it did back in 2001. But one thing he can say like he did then is…”THANK YOU!”

And so can we, the fans of the XFL.

One of the biggest questions has finally been answered for the inaugural 2020 season.

“Where will the XFL broadcast?”

Now I had predicted that the league would only do ONE major network.

They messed around and got SIX.

That’s right, six. So in 2020, you will see nationally-televised XFL games on ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, Fox, FS1, AND FS2. Vince, Oliver & Company clearly know what they are doing and when to do it. No one outside of them and the networks knew about this. This may have been the league’s best-kept secret. Sort of. The story about potential broadcasting rights was out at the beginning of the year stating that the XFL were in negotiations with those networks. But nothing was official, and that was the secret. After talking with a league official, they informed me that they the talks with networks “that everyone knows” and “it has three letters.” It wasn’t a lot of help, but it started winding down some of the choices of my prediction. I had a feeling it wasn’t going to be NBC because the league didn’t want the same stank like they did back in 2001 when the lost over a third of their investment.

This time, the XFL will not get any rights fees from Disney or Fox, and I don’t think at this point the league cares. Vince is close to the $500 million investment that he said he was putting in for the league. Plus the “Weekend of Vince” is going to be in high gear on Fox as his WWE promotion will kick off the weekend on Friday his weekly show, “Smackdown LIVE” and then XFL Saturday/Sunday. Vince is clearly…THE MAN!

The cool thing about this is the league putting on mostly afternoon games similar to NFL’s Sunday action. One game in the early afternoon, the other in the late afternoon. Mostly what you will see is one day for network games, the other one for games on cable. Smart move. Especially for what they will be up against. It’s similar to what the Alliance was up against doing their abrupt season.

Check out the timeslots and networks below…

Out of the 43 games, 24 of them will be on broadcast TV (“network TV” or “regular TV” whichever makes you comfortable) which is unbelievable compared to what the Alliance had at the beginning of their season which was…3.  At this rate, they should be called “The XFL Network.” But one thing I was surprised about from this schedule is the championship being on ESPN. The biggest game of your league…is on cable? I think it’s just a trial basis. Just go back to 2001, because Vince hasn’t forgotten about that “Million Dollar Game” having such an abysmal rating on network primetime TV (a 2.1 rating to be exact) and this time he may not need to have those kinds of ratings like its XFL 1 did.

As they have stated before:

This is not the future, this is not the past, this is the future…and THIS future is moving quite fast.

I’m ready. I can’t wait to watch. Are you ready? 2020 can’t get here soon enough.

(courtesy of XFL YouTube)

St. Louis Is Vital To XFL

I can’t lie to you.

I miss professional football in St. Louis.

It was an integral part of the city and I literally grew up with it. I was aware of the NFL’s football Cardinals, but never got a chance to see them because they were gone by the time I really started watching football. When the Rams were here in ’95, I got excited. Even more excited to see them win a Super Bowl in 2000. Then they were bad, like really bad. But you know the story, they left after the 2015 season and made The Dome quiet. No more screaming fans, no more tailgating, no more coverage. Seeing the Rams in another city (in this case, go back to the city where they had the longest tenure)…hurt. It did. But you learn that it’s all business.

But last year, I saw Vince McMahon’s press conference announcing that the XFL was returning. By then, I was hoping for a St. Louis team. I actually wanted 2 of them: the XFL and the Alliance. Maybe that would remove the pain of losing the Rams. That wasn’t going to work. One venue with two different teams from two different leagues. Too much conflict. When the Alliance made their announcements of the cities, I was disappointed that St. Louis wasn’t the initial eight, but still had hope for the XFL for 2020. My wish had been granted when it was announced that St. Louis was one of the eight. But now that the Alliance is a sunken ship with tons of baggage floating in the ocean, I’m giving my full attention to the XFL.

Out of the eight XFL cities, St. Louis is the only one that doesn’t have an NFL franchise. That makes this even MORE special for the league. The Dome will get to rock again, and THIS time it can be affordable to go experience a professional football game in the city of St. Louis. I was amazed to hear that fans just outside of St. Louis would make a trip to see the Rams, whether through tailgate or watching a game in The Dome. They will get to do it again this time with the new XFL.

Hear me when I say this because I truly believe (and I have said it once before if you have not heard the show):

St. Louis is vital to the XFL’s success. VITAL.

In my eyes, that means bringing back former St. Louis (Football) Cardinals and Rams players to the Dome, to celebrate St. Louis’ professional football history. It would be awesome to see greats like Kurt Warner, Isaac Bruce, Orlando Pace, Dan Dierdorf and Jim Hart. St. Louis has seen nearly 50 years professional football in the NFL, and yes it saw a lot of bad luck along the way but the fans continued to root for them during those times. It was our therapy, the one time per week where we got to sit back and enjoy three hours of entertainment in our hometown.

Speaking of Bruce, he actually had expressed his feelings in wanting to coach. Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reported that if St. Louis was an Alliance city, Bruce was in negotiations with the league to possibly be the team’s head coach, but conflicts at The Dome kept that from happening. Rumor has it that (former Rams coach) Jim Haslett will get the honor, but as of this posting, nothing has been set in stone from the league office. Even if Bruce doesn’t get the head coaching gig, he should definitely look in to being St. Louis’ team president or as an assistant on staff continuing to work with younger players. Bruce’s presence should be high on this team’s radar. He was a big part of the community work in St. Louis during his playing days and continues to do that while retired.

McMahon and XFL Commissioner Oliver Luck both saw St. Louis as an XFL city. They know that the city’s fans are craving professional football again. They are even willing to pay a lot of money for usage of the Dome. It would just make so much sense for the league to play its very first game in St. Louis. I can’t see it any other way.

I meant every word that I said. And I don’t care that it was repeated. Comments are welcome (Be civil). It’s time to once again celebrate pro football in St. Louis.

The A-Train

The Alliance 2 XFL Show – Episode 8 03-29-19

The A-Train goes solo on this edition of “The Alliance 2 XFL Show,” sponsored by VK Credit Repair and Preferred Realty Investment Company. On this episode, the A-Train covers the latest in the Alliance which includes: Week 7 recap, Brandon Silvers and Johnny Manziel, Eminem and Charlie Ebersol, and if anyone knows what Alliance majority owner Tom Dundon is really doing. Also the latest in the XFL: The newest team presidents and Vince McMahon. Along with A-Train’s Week 8 predictions in the Alliance.

The Alliance 2 XFL Show – Episode 8 (The A-Train goes solo)

Not to forget who this week’s Alliance 2 XFL Game of the Week. Big thanks to Highlight Heaven for this week’s highlight.

 

The New Games In Town

Let’s take you back to January.

Last year, Vince McMahon had a big week. His wrestling promotion (WWE) had a big weekend that cultivated with the ever popular “Royal Rumble” pay-per-view event. On that Thursday before the Rumble, he told the entire world that the XFL was making its triumphant return and that it would be ready in the year 2020.

“No gimmicks, less stall, more ball…” became the tagline for its 2020 rebirth.

Cool. More football for us. No problem.

Then back in March last year, Charlie Ebersol, TV and film producer and son of legendary TV executive Dick Ebersol, drops a major bomb on the country saying HIS league would begin in 2019.

WHOA! WHOA! WHOA! More football coming sooner than later? Sure! Why not?!

The name: The Alliance of American Football.

Then the jokes came in for the league. (via @NTheZoneShow)

The funny part: She was dead serious.

But, even if the name is not sitting well with people, the league is ready to kick into high gear and get going for its Feb. 9th debut on CBS. 8 teams with 52-man rosters. 10 games. 12 weeks. Playoffs. The championship.

The same can be said for the XFL in 2020. 8 cities (team names have not been announced of this post). 10 games. Playoffs. The championship. Sounds familiar, doesn’t it?

The new games are in town, one is ready to go and one is on the way. There are other leagues that are making plans to drop in 2020 as well. Hopefully, you have read what you have seen here because the plan is to continue to provide more content to you the dedicated football fan. We’ll keep an eye on those as well as the time progresses.

WE BELIEVE IN THEM! You should too.

Don’t forget to check out the brand new “Alliance to XFL” show podcast coming this month.