Vince McMahon isn’t looking for help from anyone in the midst of his revival of the XFL. According to a report from Sports Business Daily, McMahon rejected an offer from the Alliance of American Football (AAF) league to merge back in December. The AAF only lasted eight weeks into its regular season before ceasing football operations.
The new league had kicked off in February, shortly after the conclusion of the 2018 NFL regular season. The AAF was reportedly “on life support” and was running out of funds. Primary league investor Reggie Fowler was unable to come up with the promised $28 million investment on his end. Carolina Hurricanes owner Tom Dundon came onboard to save the league as its new primary investor.
He became the league’s chairman after pledging $250 million. Dundon’s time as chairman proved to be unsuccessful, as the league found itself losing $10 million a week before closing up shop. As for the XFL, the Vince McMahon-0wned league is slated for a 2020 kick off. Inaugural teams will represent the cities of St. Louis, Houston, Los Angeles, New York City, Seattle, Tampa Bay, Dallas, and Washington D.C.