It All Begins…Again

It seemed too good to be true. There they were, the architects of the renegade 2001 football league, Vince McMahon and Dick Ebersol, sitting down together to have dinner at the end of ESPN’s 30 for 30 documentary on the XFL. “Do you ever have thoughts about trying again?” Ebersols asks McMahon. Without hesitation, McMahon … Read more

2001 XFL Attendance

Orlando Rage fans celebrate during the game against the Chicago Enforcers. (AP)

The XFL’s attendance statistics for the 2001 season varied greatly depending on the team and the location. The league averaged around 23,000 fans per game across all of its teams, which was lower than the NFL’s average of around 66,000 fans per game. The highest attended game of the XFL’s inaugural season was the opening … Read more

The Alliance between Dick Ebersol and Vince McMahon

Vince McMahon and Dick Ebersol – Credit: ESPN Films.”Do you ever have any thoughts of trying again?” Dick Ebersol asked Vince McMahon on the This was the XFL special done for the ESPN 30 for 30 series. Vince McMahon without hesitation responded, “Yes I do.” Ebersol responded with, “We’ll have to do it with our own … Read more

One Last Look Back at the Original XFL

As XFL Representatives scout the future of pro football and their league, at this past weekend’s College All-Star games. I found myself thinking about the past and how surreal this whole XFL return thing really is. I keep having 2001 flashbacks. Let’s jump back into Doc’s DeLorean one last time. The world was so different … Read more

The XFL Kicked-off Seventeen Years Ago Today

On February 3, 2001, the XFL kicked off with two Saturday night games broadcast live in prime time, split into east and west games. In the west, the Las Vegas Outlaws hosted the New York/New Jersey Hitmen. Moments before the first ever scramble for the red-and-black football, Vince McMahon stood at the 50-yard line of … Read more