By Randy Velarde
What happens when you build up too much hype and let all of your fans down?
Not the 2001 Arizona Cardinals.
As of Friday, May 11, 2001, Vince McMahon pulled the life support plug on the XFL 98 days after its debut. Its debut took place on Saturday, Feb 2, 2001 with a rating of a 9.5. Then the free fall began to take place.
After each week the ratings fell and the XFL ended the season with a 3.0, and if you didn’t know, it’s ratings that help a program to survive. (Each rating point represents a little more than 1 million TV homes.
If you had ever watched an XFL game you could say that they were mocking the NFL and college football. Plus it just downright sucked. Who can sit and watch game analysts completely ruin the speed of the game. The league decided to officially fold when McMahon couldn’t find any secondary broadcasting companies to air his XFL games.
NBC’s intentions were to air games on their worst time of their ratings (Saturday nights) and yet they were still unsuccessful. What they didn’t realize is that programs must not suck in order to be successful.
UPN signed on to air games on Sunday nights and afternoons, just as the NFL games do. The only problem is the NFL is better than the XFL. Now the real question is where are the players going? What are they going to do?
Luckily some of them have careers and jobs some of the selected few were drafted to the NFL to teams such as the Dallas Cowboys and the St Louis Rams. Some may be walk ons to other pro teams. The XFL did not last very long: 98 days it took before Vince himself realized his $100 million mistake.
No money, no ratings, and having Gov. Jesse Ventura of Minnesota, as a sports caster was not a wise move. (He really sucked)
This was just a few of very many problems that led to the premature death of the XFL. So the next time you think that you have a stupid idea and nobody will understand you, just remember that there was the XFL. A more in depth look at the XFL at http://www.msnbc.com/local/rtmn/stxfl11.asp