'New' XFL Increases Player Demand
(LOS ANGELES) - The announcement that Vince McMahon would revive the XFL in 2020 with the creation of 320 professional football jobs will add even greater demand for developed players, according to DFI officials.
"If you add those to the barely 300 jobs that turn over between the NFL and CFL combined, you're still under 700 available jobs," said DFI Commissioner Joel Williams. "DFI will certainly be poised to provide any league with game-ready players, and life-ready men.
"We are not in competition with the XFL, and certainly not the CFL or NFL," Williams said. "More jobs equals more opportunity for our players, and we embrace that. As the nation's only scalable football enterprise, the DFI business model is building champions, building men, one community at a time."
That's in stark contrast to the 'new and improved' XFL. McMahon confirmed the XFL would be a single-entity structure consisting of eight league-owned teams in cities that have not yet been determined. He does not plan to play a front-and-center role with the league as a figurehead or otherwise.
CBS Sports first reported the nature of the announcement earlier in the day and that the league is not planning to start up again until 2020. McMahon, who rushed the original XFL into existence without so much as a full slate of off-season practices to prepare for the league's inaugural year, said he learned his lesson from one of the XFL's biggest initial mistakes.
Current plans for the XFL account for a 10-game regular season beginning in late January or early February followed by a postseason consisting of two semifinal games and a championship game. Active rosters will consist of approximately 40 players with winning incentivized.