The XFL aka the Xtreme Football League is one thing I never thought I would hear about again mostly because everyone involved in this joke buried so far down that you'd get tired of digging before you found anything about it. This edition of 30 for 30 entitled "This was the XFL" will be appearing three days before the Super Bowl on February 2nd, 2017 at 9pm EST. This documentary will tell the story in fascinating, candid, and often rollicking fashion featuring fellow television legends and long time friends Vince McMahon and Dick Ebersol. Coincidently this documentary is being produced by Charlie Ebersol who is actually Dick Ebersol's son.
As far as getting into much detail about this I think I am going to let the folks over at ESPN Media Zone handle that for me:
"A bold challenge, a fearless experiment and ultimately, a spectacular failure. In 2001, sports entertainment titans Ebersol and McMahon launched the XFL. It was hardly the first time a league had tried to compete with the NFL, but the brash audacity of the bid, combined with the personalities and charisma of Ebersol and McMahon and the marketing behemoths of their respective companies — NBC and WWE — captured headlines and a sense of undeniable anticipation about what was to come.
Bringing together a cast of characters ranging from the boardrooms of General Electric to the practice fields of Las Vegas, “This Was the XFL” is the tale of — yes — all that went wrong, but also, how the XFL ended up influencing the way professional team sports are broadcast today. And at the center of it all – a decades long friendship between one of the most significant television executives in media history and the one-of-a-kind WWE impresario. This film will explore how Ebersol and McMahon brought the XFL to life, and why they had to let it go."
“I grew up on the sidelines watching my father and Vince enjoy incredible success with just about everything they touched, and then, along came the XFL,” said director Charlie Ebersol. “I saw them take bold creative risks, face unparalleled success and failure with dignity, but most importantly they maintained and celebrated a friendship where most would have cut and run.
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