Former Indianapolis Colts punter Pat McAfee tweeted Thursday that he'd like to own an XFL team following an an announcement by WWE Chairman and Owner Vince McMahon that he's bringing back the league more than 15 years after it folded.
McAfee's tweet goes on say that he thinks Indianapolis would love the XFL but he's also, "... gonna need a pretty large loan as well."
It's pretty unlikely McAfee will get his wish, to be an owner at least, because McMahon said the XFL will own all eight teams in the league.
McMahon said he is the sole funding source for the league, which is slated to begin in January 2020.
He also said it was too early to name potential markets so we'll have to wait awhile to see if we'll get an XFL team in Indy.
Hey @VinceMcMahon , I’d like to become an owner of one of the #XFL teams. I think Indianapolis would love the #XFL ... also, gonna need a pretty large loan as well. Thank you. pic.twitter.com/gvtKyG97Yq
— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) January 25, 2018
McMahon also said that the new XFL would be more "toned down" than the league that folded in 2002.
"As far as our league is concerned, it will have nothing to do with politics and social issues," said McMahon and he and hinted that it would be written into the rule book that players would be required to stand for the national anthem.
"You know the rules and regulations...we intend players to abide by rules," McMahon said.
A WWE spokesperson, in a statement to Deadspin, said, "Vince McMahon has established and is personally funding a separate entity from WWE, Alpha Entertainment, to explore investment opportunities across the sports and entertainment landscapes, including professional football. Mr. McMahon has nothing further to announce at this time."
Last month, McMahon sold over 3 million shares of WWE, equal to about $100 million, to help fund Alpha Entertainment.
ESPN also reported that McMahon and Alpha filed for five trademarks related to the XFL on Dec. 16.
The XFL launched in 2001 and eventually didn't make it past the first year. Rumors about the XFL revival picked up in the wake of an ESPN 30 for 30 documentary titled "This Was the XFL" which aired in February 2017 and after NFL protests.
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