A Syracuse University freshman has started a campaign to bring the XFL, a professional football league, to Syracuse.
Will Scott, 19, said he was inspired to bring an XFL team to the area after Vince McMahon, the chairman and chief executive of World Wresting Entertainment, announced last month that he would be bringing back the XFL, the league he originally started with the WWE (then the World Wrestling Federation) and NBC in 2001.
The league only lasted for one season and cost both the WWF and NBC millions of dollars, but McMahon told the New York Times last month that the new XFL will be a very different iteration of the first.
McMahon has not announced the cities that will participate in the new XFL, which will begin its games in 2020.
Scott, a native of Houston, Texas, has been a sports fan all of us life. For him, bringing the XFL to Syracuse is a no-brainer.
“Why not Syracuse? We’ve got 660,000 in the greater metro area,” Scott said. “We’ve proven to be one of the greatest sports cities in the country with SU athletics, and we have minor league hockey; we have minor league baseball. We do not have anything else professionally. I think the XFL would really do well here. I think the city would crave XFL football, and I think it makes sense.”
Scott said many of the students at SU expressed an interest in the XFL when he mentioned the idea to them.
He said he decided to create a video that highlighted the city’s strengths after Paul Esden, a co-host on The Score 1260, a Syracuse radio show, highlighted his reasons why the XFL should come to the Salt City.
The video, which runs a little over two minutes, has already been viewed over 13,000 times. Scott highlights why he believes Syracuse is an ideal city for the XFL, from its avid sports fans to Syracuse University’s Carrier Dome, which can fit over 49,000 people.
Scott said the aim of his video is to show Vince McMahon and other XFL executives what Syracuse could bring to the league.
“We want the XFL–you don’t see any other cities swinging for the fences right now like Syracuse is.”