WWE News: XFL 30 for 30 Documentary to air on ESPN tonight
A look back at the one-year phenomenon of the XFL comes to ESPN tonight!
What’s the story?
Tonight, the newest 30 For 30 documentary, “This Was The XFL” will debut on ESPN.
In case you didn’t know...
The XFL was co-owned by WWE and NBC. It ran for one season and is given credit for making advances from a production and technological standpoint for the way that the NFL produces and broadcasts football.
The heart of the matter
Among those that were interviewed for the documentary are Dick Ebersol, Jesse Ventura, Bob Costas, Sports Illustrated’s Peter King, longtime WWE executive Basil S. Devito, a number of former XFL players, and of course, Vince McMahon.
The film focuses on the relationship between Dick Ebersol and Vince McMahon and there are supposedly some great, “Vince stories,” over the duration of the documentary.
ESPN’s press release regarding the film is as follows:
Documentary, directed by Charlie Ebersol and featuring Dick Ebersol and Vince McMahon, to debut on February 2 at 9 p.m. ET
Three days before Super Bowl LI, ESPN Films will premiere the 30 for 30 documentary “This Was the XFL,” directed by Charlie Ebersol, chronicling the short-lived, ill-fated pro football league. The documentary, airing on February 2 at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN, tells the story in fascinating, candid, and often rollicking fashion featuring fellow television legends and close friends – Dick Ebersol and Vince McMahon.
A bold challenge, a fearless experiment and ultimately, a spectacular failure. In 2001, sports entertainment titans Ebersol and McMahon launched the XFL. It was hardly the first time a league had tried to compete with the NFL, but the brash audacity of the bid, combined with the personalities and charisma of Ebersol and McMahon and the marketing behemoths of their respective companies -- NBC and WWE -- captured headlines and a sense of undeniable anticipation about what was to come.
Bringing together a cast of characters ranging from the boardrooms of General Electric to the practice fields of Las Vegas, “This Was the XFL” is the tale of -- yes -- all that went wrong, but also, how the XFL ended up influencing the way professional team sports are broadcast today. And at the center of it all - a decades long friendship between one of the most significant television executives in media history and the one-of-a-kind WWE impresario. This film will explore how Ebersol and McMahon brought the XFL to life, and why they had to let it go.
“I grew up on the sidelines watching my father and Vince enjoy incredible success with just about everything they touched, and then, along came the XFL,” said director Charlie Ebersol. “I saw them take bold creative risks, face unparalleled success and failure with dignity, but most importantly they maintained and celebrated a friendship where most would have cut and run. I learned more about integrity and character in those 18 months than just about any other time in my life, so when ESPN Films asked if I wanted to tell the story of the XFL, I jumped at the opportunity because I knew that the real story was that of an unbreakable friendship.”
“This Was The XFL” debuts tonight on ESPN at 9 pm EST/8pm CST and it’ s sure to be an entertaining watch.
30 for 30 is one of the best documentary series to come along in several years, and we are very excited for this look back at the XFL.