The XFL After Corona-Virus

The XFL After Corona-Virus

Ricky Hernandez

The Xtreme Football League (XFL) was set to make a comeback this year in May. However, with the emergence of Covid-19, Vince McMahon was forced to postpone the rest of the season. Their was little hope left for the league, however, a former employee of McMahon may have allowed the XFL to fight another day.

Dwayne Jonson,or The Rock, wrestled for eight years under McMahon’s Wrestling League called World Wrestling Entertainment. Johnson also has some experience playing football. He played college football at the University of Miami from 1991 to 1994. Johnson seemed to be the perfect person to take over the league.

Johnson, along with other investors such as Dany Garcia brought the league from McMahon for $15 million. The investors have achieved a great milestone as Dany Garcia will be the first women to own a major American sports league. The deal was finalized back in August as Johnson became the official owner of the XFL.

It is not yet known when the League will start back up again and while the eight teams eagerly await the restart of the season, some players have moved on to better opportunities. Their have been a total of six players so far that have signed or have made the 53- man roster on several NFL teams. These players are Edmond Robinson, P.J Walker, Storm Norton, Colin Thompson, Donald Parharm, and Saivon Smith.  While six players out of 416 is not a very high number of players to join the NFL, it is a step in the right direction. With more recognition coming towards the XFL, their is a bigger chance that several other players will get an opportunity in the NFL.

For the second time in 20 years, the XFL was destined to be canceled. However, Johnson has given new life to the league and the players in it. With any luck, the league will finally be able to continue and will allow several hundreds of players to be given another opportunity to play.

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