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Richmond has a sports presence, there is no denying it.

Whether it’s the Squirrels, Kickers, Roughriders, VCU, UofR, or a Sports Backers event, we have some options.

What we don’t have is a pro team that plays traditional football.

The XFL had a weird, gimmicky, one year run back in 2001.

I don’t want the old XFL. Well, maybe kinda.

I want an opportunity to see an outdoor professional summer league in Richmond.

WWE founder & chairman Vince McMahon announced he is giving a professional football league another shot.

“I wanted to do this since the day we stopped the other one,” McMahon told ESPN in an exclusive interview. “A chance to do it with no partners, strictly funded by me, which would allow me to look in the mirror and say, ‘You were the one who screwed this up,’ or ‘You made this thing a success.'”

In 2020 it will return. It could give a town, like Richmond, without a marquee pro team a chance to have one and be in the spotlight.

I don’t care about the “anti-knee” angle this new league is taking. I respect anyone’s right to protest. I just care about the football.

The team could feature some of the best local talent, all of the players using this platform to garner NFL attention and make it big.

We could compile the best Hokies, ‘Hoos, Monarchs, Dukes, Spiders, etc to compete against the rest of the league.

It’d be like The Basketball Tournament for football.

It’d be like the Minor Leagues for baseball.

I know, the logistics don’t just take care of themselves. City Stadium is really our only outdoor venue. It’s pretty preoccupied with the Kickers. I doubt UofR would want a pro team on their campus. That’d never happen. A high school venue is not a good look. The Redskins practice facility would take a ton of maneuvering to make it a legitimate venue but it’s possible.

Still, we can make it work. We are the River City and an XFL team would be a great alternative especially because it would get us national attention.These games will likely be on national TV. The league, if they were smart, would look for at least two or three mid-major markets to locate one of their teams in order to capitalize on perceived lack of other sports teams to compete with.

RVA inhabitants tend to not care about media coverage on a national level but it could be fun. Don’t let your bias of being cool, trendy, and under the radar affect this! It can be cool to be known as just a little more of a sports town. Shoot, writing this article just wants to make me start a ‘bring back the renegades’ campaign.

Ok, I’m done. The mic has been dropped. But seriously. #XFLtoRVA. Start the movement.

 

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