Still, if you look at McMahon's full statement, it is easy to assume Kaepernick himself would reject the opportunity to play in the XFL - especially if his activism were to be quashed at the outset. McMahon said the selection of cities in the new XFL will be announced in the next few months, and a mix of major and mid-major markets will be considered.
A view of the XFL football taken on the field before the game between the Las Vegas Outlaws and the New York/New Jersey Hitmen at the Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada.
And forget about cheerleaders and players who have criminal records, McMahon is promising a family-friendly XFL. An interesting note is that the games, according to McMahon, will be 2 hours from start to finish ideally. If Kaepernick wants a shot at the XFL, he'll have to make peace with standing for the national anthem.
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McCallum says McMahon made it clear that he loved the nicknames when he met with players shortly before the first game. McMahon said his league will stay away controversies that have dogged the National Football League, like players' national anthem protests. "And nothing to do with social issues, either".
The XFL has not confirmed when its games will be played, but McMahon said it would most likely be a late-winter/early-spring football league.
At the turn of the millennium, it was McMahon who launched the XFL with the help of the World Wrestling Federation (WWE's former name) and broadcaster NBC.
The main driving force behind the XFL is WWE chairman of the board and CEO, Vince McMahon, who is personally pumping $100 million of his own money into the project through Alpha Entertainment, a new private entity. One player separated his shoulder fighting for the ball.