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    This sums up the history and why they folded of pro football leagues:

    https://www.usatoday.com/story/sport...ed/3349422002/

    The only league that came even remotely close to "succeeding" was NFL Europe and that that was because the NFL heavily subsidized them as a sort of "Build the brand"/NFL "minor league."

    In the "TV age" there have been a few leagues that opened with big TV ratings and big crowds their first week only to see those ratings/crowds quickly dwindle. AAF is just the latest of a long list of victims.

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    Quote Originally Posted by boatcapt View Post
    This sums up the history and why they folded of pro football leagues:

    https://www.usatoday.com/story/sport...ed/3349422002/

    The only league that came even remotely close to "succeeding" was NFL Europe and that that was because the NFL heavily subsidized them as a sort of "Build the brand"/NFL "minor league."

    In the "TV age" there have been a few leagues that opened with big TV ratings and big crowds their first week only to see those ratings/crowds quickly dwindle. AAF is just the latest of a long list of victims.
    It certainly has to do with talent. The big players go to the NFL - that's where people want to invest their time. Not to mention traditions, big crowds, etc etc...

    But the original XFL was always intriguing to me. It's definitely an outlier - an oddball among oddballs. Essentially, Vince tried to merge the scripted-entertainment aspects of wrestling with a very real sport. This created some interesting moments for sure - like Jeff Brohm's legendary sideline shoot promo, but it ultimately failed spectacularly. That being said, had the league had proper time to build itself, it may have been more successful than it was - although it was never going to compete with the NFL. At least it will always live on through the skycam.

    It was also fascinating to us because our governor was commentating the games while in office... Such a bizarre league, but I loved it.

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    No professional football league is going to ever work unless they position themselves as an alternative to college. Not an alternative to the NFL. Nobody wants to watch Christian Hackenberg vs Chris Simms, or whatever garbage was happening in the AAF. Be a league that pays 50k/100k/150k for three years after a player graduates high school. Poach the 5-star recruits. Poach the breakout true freshmen from college for two years until they're draft eligible. People don't want to watch has-been's.

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