CLL #1393 (feat. Bonnie-Jill Laflin, Rose Fernandez and Brandi Bagley)
01/30/2001 – Tuesday Night Show
Source – Stream Recording (2001)
This episode features 3 XFL cheerleaders promoting the short lived alternative football league. Strange episode.
From Wiki: The original XFL was a professional American football league that played its only season in 2001. The XFL was operated as a joint venture between the World Wrestling Federation (now the WWE) and NBC. The XFL was conceived as an outdoor football league that would begin play immediately after the National Football League season ended to take advantage of lingering public desire to watch football after the NFL and college football seasons had concluded. It was promoted as having fewer rules to encourage rougher play than other major leagues. The league had eight teams in two divisions, including major markets and some not directly served by the NFL, such as Birmingham, Las Vegas, Memphis, and Orlando. The XFL operated as a single entity with all teams owned by the league, in contrast to most major professional leagues, which use a franchise model with individual owners.
Co-owner NBC served as the main carrier of XFL games, along with UPN and TNN. The presentation of XFL games featured sports entertainment elements inspired by professional wrestling, including heat and kayfabe, suggestively-dressed cheerleaders, and occasional usage of WWF personalities (such as Jesse Ventura, Jim Ross, and Jerry Lawler) as part of on-air commentary crews alongside sportscasters and veteran football players. Despite the wrestling influence, the games and their outcomes were legitimate.
The first night of play brought higher television viewership than NBC had projected, but ratings quickly nosedived. The league developed a negative reputation due to its connections to professional wrestling and the WWF, the overall quality of play, and a presentation that differed starkly from network football telecasts of the era (albeit featuring on-air innovations that would later become commonplace in football telecasts, such as aerial skycams and on-player microphones). Once, a double-overtime game caused the late-night show Saturday Night Live to be delayed until after midnight on the east coast. That prompted action afterwards to speed up play, and threats to pre-empt the conclusion of a game entirely if it did not finish by a specific time, in order to minimize disruptions to SNL, a creation of Dick Ebersol, one of the co-founders of the XFL.
NBC and the WWF both lost $35 million on their $100 million investment in the league’s inaugural season. Although it committed to broadcast two seasons, NBC pulled out of its broadcast contract for the XFL after the inaugural season, citing the poor viewership. While WWF owner Vince McMahon initially stated that the XFL would continue without NBC, and proposed the addition of expansion teams, unfavorable demands to the league by UPN hastened the XFL’s demise, and the league ceased operations entirely in May 2001 a month after the championship game. The Los Angeles Xtreme were the XFL’s first and only champions. McMahon conceded that the league was a “colossal failure”.
McMahon maintained control of the XFL brand after the league ceased operations: on January 25, 2018, McMahon announced that he would revive the XFL name for a new iteration of the league, set to begin play in 2020. The new XFL does not plan to utilize the same sports entertainment features associated with the original, and is being operated under a new, McMahon-controlled company separate from WWE.
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