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I think the XFL messed up with one major aspect, and that's not trying to sell out the stadiums completely.  I had a friend in Arlington yesterday try to buy tickets, but couldn't.  He wondered why no one was sitting in the upper tiers of the stadiums.  I heard on the radio Saturday that they only wanted to sell out the lower bowl.  This is what I would do if I were in charge of ticket sales.  I just checked their site for this Sundays game, and again they are not selling any upper level seats.  Once the lower bowl sells out they should open the upper tiers of the stadium.  Sell those tickets at around $20-50 depending on location.  Once the game starts begin dropping ticket prices by quarter for the seats that are unused.  Mark them down by increments end of 1st quarter 25% off second quarter 50% off, and finally the third quarter by 75% off.  Make some money with people in the seats.  I heard on the radio that at the concession stands for merchandise that the lines were long for gear.  Open more stands, and have more merchandise available.  

The only way the league is going to be able to stay in business is more people in the stands, buying merchandise, and buying concessions.  The owners would be able to make more money, and the more money they make will trickle down to the players in higher salaries.  The larger the fan base grows then they can then negotiate television rights.  Right now they aren't receiving any money from the networks, and that's a good deal for them the first year.  It gives the league exposure, and the networks aren't risking anything.  That's why the above has to be done.  As proven by my friend, he wanted to go, but couldn't.  I know how he drinks beer and eats, and he would have spent at least a minimum of $100 if not more.

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Watched a little bit of the games.  Wish the offenses were better, but it was the first game.  Going to try to go see Dallas play.

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Vince McMahon is concerned more about TV viewership right now. That’s where the real money is. Butts in seats are nice but tv money is next level. 

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Watching New York/DC and they almost had a full blown riot on the field after a fumble. One guy gets penalized for taking his helmet off despite a couple guys down with injuries and guys coming in off the sidelines.

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I wouldn't be surprised that soon the NFL will start lining up the same way the XFL does on kickoffs.

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21 minutes ago, Stoney said:

Watching New York/DC and they almost had a full blown riot on the field after a fumble. One guy gets penalized for taking his helmet off despite a couple guys down with injuries and guys coming in off the sidelines.

Not that I really care, but if NY would stop turning the ball over they could be up right now.

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Think I'm going to the Houston game tomorrow

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These XFL teams are sloppy.  Dropped snaps, INTs everywhere, tons of fumbles...  I love the concepts, hate the players.  The extra points and kickoffs are A+ entertainment.  

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4 hours ago, MavGrad99 said:

These XFL teams are sloppy.  Dropped snaps, INTs everywhere, tons of fumbles...  I love the concepts, hate the players.  The extra points and kickoffs are A+ entertainment.  

Not all, but maybe that's why some of these players were cut from the NFL. With that said, I know the Cowboys had several sloppy games themselves last season.

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15 hours ago, MavGrad99 said:

These XFL teams are sloppy.  Dropped snaps, INTs everywhere, tons of fumbles...  I love the concepts, hate the players.  The extra points and kickoffs are A+ entertainment.  

Agree...  BUT...  I think a lot of that can improve with time, coaching, and development. 

For a league that consists of cast-offs, who have only been playing together a few months, and are all still learning their systems and the different flow of XFL games, I gotta say it's been more entertaining than I was expecting. 

I think it's got a decent shot...  provided they don't blow it, and try to do too much too soon. They need to stay small and manageable, continue to iron out the kinks, and don't try to take on the NFL as a competitor. They're nowhere near ready for that. Stick with the niche of being "minor league" spring football and you'll be able to last a few years. 

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Seahawks, Cardinals, and Broncos have reached out to the Roughnecks over acquiring PJ Walker. Thank goodness O'Brien isn't in charge of the Roughnecks too...

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7 hours ago, topher805 said:

Seahawks, Cardinals, and Broncos have reached out to the Roughnecks over acquiring PJ Walker. Thank goodness O'Brien isn't in charge of the Roughnecks too...

They can acquire him right now since the XFL season is officially cancelled.  https://heavy.com/sports/2020/02/pj-walker-salary-xfl-contract-money/  .  I'm sure Cam Phillips, Dan Williams, and Donald Parham will be signed as well.  If an NFL team wants them, they can sign them now.

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Not surprised...  heck, it's gonna hurt long-established leagues if this cultural shutdown continues. An upstart like XFL didn't stand a chance through this. 

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Sobbing softly because now the Texans are back to my only option...

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On 4/10/2020 at 11:54 AM, BlahBlah said:

XFL also files for Bankruptcy... These leagues need TV but low operations budgets.  XFL et al will never be profitable when they are banking on the names to support the product.  How much were these big name coaches getting paid?  How much were they paying for those stadium rentals?  

You need something like Arena football.  It's basically Texas 1A football.  It's great, the players cost nothing, and its different.  

If I was going on a larger scale operation, I would go with an 8 team real football league in Europe, Asia, Australia... somewhere not the USA.

Or do as I previously said, make your league for 18-25 year olds.  Compete with and ruin the NCAA model.  If you can pay college stars $100-200k a year, then your league could seriously thrive.  You have star power, you will get media.

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I think Big Game Bob was owed $1m?

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The Roughnecks owe University of Houston something like $300,000

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