The XFL has been rebooted by Vince Mcmahon and people have mixed feelings about the reboot without a single game being played. The thing that most critics are pointed out is the fact that original XFL failed after it’s one and only season. It doesn’t help that the AAF also failed and did not make it through its inaugural season. So what’s different about the XFL this time around? For starters, the new XFL has better T.V deals on major networks such as ESPN, ABC, FOX, and FS1. The first go around had NBC but a lot of the games were played on channels like TNN and UPN. ESPN did not take the old XFL seriously and often mocked the lack of big names in the league. I can’t imagine that ESPN will be poking fun at the product now since the XFL will be covered by ESPN. There is a saying that perception is a reality. If ESPN is making the XFL sound important than people are likely to see it as such.
Vince Mcmahon has more money this time around and is dedicating more time to the XFL. Rumors are swirling around pro-wrestling sites that Vince Mcmahon will be stepping playing a lesser role in WWE to focus more on the XFL. The AAF experiment may actually benefit the XFL because even though it failed, it also was able to draw nice fan base, proving that spring league football is something that can be quite popular in the U.S. The AAF had decent ratings and did not fail because lack of fan support but it was bad business decisions. The XFL does not seem to be making the same mistakes that the AAF has made.
The original XFL was more like a gimmick than it was a pro-football league, that will not be the case this time around. Also, the original XFL did not have social media platforms to advertise the games. One thing we saw with the AAF was the use of social media was very important and it often trended at the top of twitters rankings. I believe the XFL will capitalize on the opportunity to draw in passionate football fans and the people are just sick of the NFL.