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VictorRomano
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« on: August 03, 2020, 01:10:10 PM »

...and it's Duane "The Rock" Johnson.

https://www.sportico.com/2020/personalities/athletes/dwayne-the-rock-johnson-buys-xfl-for-15-million-with-redbird-capital-1234610422/
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« Reply #1 on: August 03, 2020, 02:30:46 PM »

Yikes.
He must be concussed!
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« Reply #2 on: August 03, 2020, 04:54:28 PM »

Surprising he had interest even without the Covid situation. Attendance was dropping so rapidly before the medical issues.
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« Reply #3 on: August 03, 2020, 07:40:54 PM »

well look at it this way.. thats likely pocket change for him considering its split with Garcia.. and as a while 15 M for a league that had the smallest bit of potential in the states, I feel like they could make some good $ and sell before it goes down after. They paid 3x less for the whole league than a relocation fee for an NHL team lol. Id say thats a smart business deal TBH.
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« Reply #4 on: August 03, 2020, 11:05:11 PM »

Surprising he had interest even without the Covid situation. Attendance was dropping so rapidly before the medical issues.

If you've been followed his fictional football series "Ballers", this comes as no surprise.....apparently anything is possible with enough chutzpah.
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« Reply #5 on: August 04, 2020, 05:32:32 PM »

If you've been followed his fictional football series "Ballers", this comes as no surprise.....apparently anything is possible with enough chutzpah.

I only watched a couple of episodes. Regardless I didn't get the impression the league was doing all that well before Covid.

If he can make it successful that's a good thing, but we've seen how spring leagues have never done well in the past.
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« Reply #6 on: August 05, 2020, 12:56:05 PM »

The Rock likely has little skin in the game as he is partnered with an investment company. He is the face. At any rate, as many investors know, the tax write off minimizes the risk greatly in the US.
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« Reply #7 on: August 05, 2020, 05:53:44 PM »

The Rock likely has little skin in the game as he is partnered with an investment company. He is the face. At any rate, as many investors know, the tax write off minimizes the risk greatly in the US.

From what I've read, and I could be wrong, he's got about 5M in it, his ex wife has 5M in it, and Redbird has 5M in it.  Relative to his net worth it's not massive, but it's not insignificant either.
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« Reply #8 on: August 06, 2020, 03:02:07 PM »

From what I've read, and I could be wrong, he's got about 5M in it, his ex wife has 5M in it, and Redbird has 5M in it.  Relative to his net worth it's not massive, but it's not insignificant either.

That's just money to buy the XFL. It's going to cost more money to run the league which may struggle to operate at a profit for their 1st season back.

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« Reply #9 on: August 26, 2020, 12:53:51 PM »

IIRC the XFL players were paid for all of 2019 as were the coaches. However the league folded and players were allowed to sign in the NFL and eventually the CFL.

Are any of their players and coaches contracts still in place? Or do they need to start from scratch re-building teams. Will the same teams exist or do some move to new cities etc etc.

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« Reply #10 on: September 02, 2020, 05:17:18 AM »

Are any of their players and coaches contracts still in place? Or do they need to start from scratch re-building teams. Will the same teams exist or do some move to new cities etc etc.

If you were going to from-scratch it, then why buy it?  Just start the XAAFFL 2.754 or whatever.  I bet a ton stays the same from where they left off, with normal off-season player movement allowed.

Trestman gets another chance!  And Riley!  Man, watching XFL sometimes I felt like I was watching CFL, but with QBs that can't throw and WRs that can't catch.  Oh ya, and really bad OLs.
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« Reply #11 on: September 02, 2020, 12:53:57 PM »

If you were going to from-scratch it, then why buy it?  Just start the XAAFFL 2.754 or whatever.  I bet a ton stays the same from where they left off, with normal off-season player movement allowed.

Trestman gets another chance!  And Riley!  Man, watching XFL sometimes I felt like I was watching CFL, but with QBs that can't throw and WRs that can't catch.  Oh ya, and really bad OLs.


Many of the players signed TC agreements in the CFL and a few went to the NFL as well. Not sure about any player movement.

They bought the team names, logos and some marginal goodwill from fans that supported them in the 1st go around.

My question was rhetorical. What remains of the previous XFL will be determined. I'd expect some massive turnover in players, a chance at least 1 team moves to another city.
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« Reply #12 on: September 03, 2020, 05:15:20 AM »

My question was rhetorical. What remains of the previous XFL will be determined. I'd expect some massive turnover in players, a chance at least 1 team moves to another city.

Could be... after their short run at least they know the cities that won't bother showing up in the stands.  Amazing how some cities pack the stands and others it looks worse than an Argos game.  Hey, kind of like the CFL!
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« Reply #13 on: September 03, 2020, 01:14:18 PM »

The Rock, his wife, and both his 2 and 4 year old children has all tested positive for Covid-19.
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« Reply #14 on: September 03, 2020, 02:47:00 PM »

Covid 19 does not discriminate. Whether your rich, poor or famous you have to be safe.
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« Reply #15 on: October 02, 2020, 05:18:48 PM »

I am hearing no XFL till the spring of 2022??? Anyone hear this report.
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« Reply #16 on: October 03, 2020, 03:17:00 AM »

"The XFL, which was acquired over the summer by Dwayne Johnson, Dany Garcia and RedBird Capital Partners, says it will not play in 2021 but plans to return in 2022.

"It's an uphill battle," Johnson wrote in a tweet, "but we're hungry, humble and no one will outwork us."

The upstart off-season rival to the NFL, a reanimated version of the one created by NBC and wrestling magnate Vince McMahon two decades ago, got a few weeks into its season before COVID-19 struck the U.S. McMahon funneled some $200 million into the effort to revive the league but it declared bankruptcy in the spring. The new owners picked it up for just $15 million."
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« Reply #17 on: October 04, 2020, 10:17:06 AM »

I actually think that's a very good move for XFL.  Moving too fast hurt them last time IMHO.

However, if XFL doesn't feel comfortable going ahead, what does that spell for the CFL... both are gate-driven and in similar situations.

I sincerely hope Ambrosie et al are working feverishly right at this moment to make sure the CFL happens come spring, no excuses.

As for MOS's comments with Tait recently... wow, those really aren't inspiring confidence in the future the of CFL!   I wonder what he knows that we don't...
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« Reply #18 on: December 26, 2020, 08:46:00 PM »

If an XFL team were established in Winnipeg, would they get access to IG Field? Ditto Regina?

I can't really see how the Bombers could stop them or even place them at a competitive disadvantage. Wade could still make money.
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« Reply #19 on: December 27, 2020, 04:31:21 AM »

If an XFL team were established in Winnipeg, would they get access to IG Field? Ditto Regina?

I can't really see how the Bombers could stop them or even place them at a competitive disadvantage. Wade could still make money.

Someone has had a few to many today. I put this down with Trump won the election. Or Germany ever had a chance to beat Canada.
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« Reply #20 on: December 27, 2020, 11:23:21 AM »

If an XFL team were established in Winnipeg, would they get access to IG Field? Ditto Regina?

I can't really see how the Bombers could stop them or even place them at a competitive disadvantage. Wade could still make money.

This forum is so heavily moderated it becomes very tiresome.
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« Reply #21 on: December 27, 2020, 01:56:51 PM »

If an XFL team were established in Winnipeg, would they get access to IG Field? Ditto Regina?

I can't really see how the Bombers could stop them or even place them at a competitive disadvantage. Wade could still make money.

Tin hat idea. XFL couldn't survive in the USA past 1/2 their 1st season. Technically it was conceptually a spring league to avoid playing against the NFL or even college teams.

It's not even supposed to have teams in place until 2022. Previous teams, players and coaches will be starting from scratch if at all.

Why would you even ask the question?
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