The XFL Is Dead, Long Live the XFL


This was supposed to be a story about a blossoming football league. A league that was given a second chance to innovate and proved professional football outside of the NFL can thrive in the United States.

No extra points. Shorter play clocks. An inventive kickoff format. In-game interviews and access to coaches' thoughts and headsets. An open celebration of gambling in broadcasts. And, of course, celebratory beer and hard seltzer chugging postgame.

The XFL had the formula. And for five weeks, it seemed that it just might do what others could not: survive long enough to become legitimate.

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