On the other hand, the XFL’s initial numbers are better than the typical viewership of the NBA, the strongest winter competition the league will have. Last season, regular-season NBA games across ESPN and ABC averaged 1.99 million viewers and TNT games averaged 1.5 million.
I figure this deserves its own thread -- and it's good news for the XFL and football fans generally.
March Madness will be the test to whether the XFL can survive.I'm sure it will not be able to sustain that amount of viewership, but even if it can do close to that, it's an overwhelming success.
This Country has needed another football platform for a long time.
The closest we got was the AAF, which started off hot and then dwindled put bc of mismanagement.
I dont see the XFL going anywhere. It's a great product, ran by an extremely wealthy man. Backed by football experts that know how to promote and sustain entertainment, and professionalism.
It I'd actually really good football. I was pleasantly surprised.
Here's to sustaining success
The original USFL was pretty entertaining. It had some legit NFL stars on their rosters. Steve Young, Herschel Walker, Doug Flutie.The original XFL started strong too. It fizzled over of its first season. We’ll have to see if it has staying power this time around. I watched a little - it wasn’t terrible, it wasn’t incredible. Something along the lines of the USFL (for those who remember it). No where near as gimmicky as the original. It did seem like the Refs had a lot less influence on the outcomes as Goodell’s NFL so there’s that.
Jim Kelly, Reggie White, Half of the Dome Patrol LBs - Mills and Johnson, Bobby Hebert’s best football was played in the USFL etcThe original USFL was pretty entertaining. It had some legit NFL stars on their rosters. Steve Young, Herschel Walker, Doug Flutie.
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