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Vince McMahon’s trying to sell you something, go right ahead. The new XFL is going to sound fun
, because that’s what he does and he’s really good at it. If you want to buy it
if you’re down on the NFL right now or if you’re just dying to text “He Hate Me!” to the one friend you’re sure remembers what
,if you remember how goofy the first one was
It’s going to sound cool to the players, too, if you strip away the myriad reasons to be
, because it’s going to sound like it means jobs. And on its most basic level
skeptical, that’s exactly what it means. Baseball has the minor leagues, you
, where you can go and rebuild a career. Basketball has options in Europe. You get cut from the NFL
don’t have a place to go or a road back.
You hear every year about the 1,Authentic Harrison Smith Jersey, it obviously offers some of
,200 or so players who get cut from NFL rosters in the first week of September. If McMahon’s new league is viable
the notion of more football jobs is a positive one for football players. And some might even be able to convince
,Authentic Sam Bradford Jersey,those players a place to go and get work. On its face
themselves they’re not settling. There’s surely a representative number of NFL players with whom McMahon is more popular than Roger Goodell.
Of course, and being a fan of the WWE doesn’t mean you’ll necessarily enjoy working for McMahon. Odds are pretty good that the new XFL won’t be
,Womens Stefon Diggs Jersey, it’s not that simple
,reporting $14 billion in revenue the first year the way its stodgy-but-still-wondrously-profitable counterpart does. Just because the XFL will offer a chance for displaced
hopeful or washed-up NFLers to continue playing football doesn’t mean all of them will find it worth their while.
See,Womens Brandin Cooks Jersey, their lives aren’t all pay cuts and
, while NFL players have it rough compared to Major League Baseball players and NBA players in terms of salaries and contract guarantees
torn ACLs. They practice and play (with some exceptions) on high-quality fields, enjoy top-of-the-line strength and conditioning equipment, stay in
, fly on chartered planes
fancy hotels. The NFL’s health and safety protocols are often the butt of jokes, and are subject to enough public oversight that the league issued a
, but at least they exist
cranky statement Wednesday asking everybody to lighten up about it.
but players love the break it gives their bodies. That CBA also offers high-
,Coaches and teams complain about the practice and offseason restrictions in the NFL’s current CBA
it requires the owners to share revenue with the players. Will the new XFL offer any of that?,level health benefits for players and their families. For goodness’ sake
The point is, there’s a pretty strong “buyer beware”
, while it’ll be fun for players to imagine another place to go when the NFL tells them they’re not needed anymore
element that comes with something like this. It’ll be important for players (and the NFLPA, and the public) to keep an eye on a fledgling XFL to make sure it’s
, and the media
,not sacrificing working conditions and employee quality of life in the quest for maximum profit. Given McMahon’s closeness with the current presidential administration
players also might want to watch out to make sure this isn’t just some thinly veiled
,that administration’s public stance on players protesting during the national anthem
McMahon strongly indicated his league would require players to stand for the anthem and take a hard line
,political propaganda vehicle. During Thursday’s news conference
don’t get duped by a league that offers the appearance of greater freedom while it
,Womens Harrison Smith Jersey,Womens Sam Bradford Jersey,against players who got in trouble off the field. If you think the NFL is too heavy-handed
aims to control you even more.
and many of you who are reading this have
,There’s going to be no shortage of players for whom this is worth a shot. Times are tough for workers in every industry these days
had to take a job you might not love in an effort to feed your family and/or keep chasing your dreams,Authentic Stefon Diggs Jersey, the new XFL
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after all.,will offer players that. The “He Hate Me” guy DID end up playing in the NFL
But it’s not likely to offer an opportunity commensurate or even competitive with the NFL. An agent telling an NFL team his client’s other offer is an XFL one isn’t likely to
get that team to budge in negotiations. Players who’ve had a taste of the NFL life probably won’t find McMahon’s grass greener -- literally or figuratively.
It might be a league where you can dance,Womens Drew Brees Jersey,
, taunt and put whatever you want on the back of your jersey. It might be exciting and fun and new in many ways. And on some level
it’ll be football, it didn’t last long. The odds of it being
, which is really the only thing for which some of these guys will be looking. But the last time McMahon tried this
revolutionary or sustainably innovative are slim. And even if it is, it’s probably going to
, it’s not likely to treat its players any better than the NFL does. If anything
have to treat them worse in order to survive.