The Rise and Fall of the XFL Analytical Essay by Peter Pen

An exploration of the challenges and eventual failure encountered by the Extreme Football League (XFL).
# 145390 | 872 words | 3 sources | APA | 2010
Published on Nov 07, 2010 in Business (Companies) , Sport (History)

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This paper focuses on the rise and fall of the Extreme Football League (XFL), founded by Mr. Vince McMahon, President of the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). The paper explains that McMahon modeled the XFL, a joint venture between the XFL and NBC network, on the WWE, an example of great success; however, the XFL lasted only one season. The paper poses the question of why the XFL failed, opining that McMahon should have shaped it more closely to the indoor Arena Football League (AFL). The paper aims to identify other reasons for failure, also citing the fact that Mr. McMahon was the only owner. The paper concludes that if the XFL had been molded to match the AFL rather than the WWE, it would still be active today.

From the Paper:

"Due to the nature of the XFL, Mr. McMahon had to be an innovator to differentiate his league from the NFL. However, "management seeks to produce predictability and order"
(Robbins & Judge, 2007). In the XFL, there was a different product with more people involved on the field at the same time. Mr. McMahon ended up managing the XFL as if there were too many variables as compared to the WWE. So why did the XFL fail? The first reason was Mr. McMahon was the only owner in the league. Mr. McMahon didn't have other owners in select cities to ask for suggestions, input, or gain direction. How then could Mr. McMahon put a product on the field without having the correct objective input? Mr. McMahon didn't have a system of checks and balances like the NFL has with other owners in the league. Second, Mr. McMahon ran the XFL like it was the WWE. Mr. McMahon didn't script the outcome of games but he had complete power. Mr. McMahon had the power to hire and fire anyone within the XFL. Third, the games were played on Saturday nights when the prime demographic of the XFL targeted the 12-24year old males. Statics proved that Saturday night was the least likely watch night for anything on TV."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Mintzberg, H., Lampel, J., Quinn, J. B., & Ghoshal, S. (2003). The Strategy Process: Concepts, Contexts, Cases. Upple Saddle River: Pearson Education.
  • Robbins, S. P. & Judge, T. A. (2007). Organizational Behavior. Upper Saddle River: Pearson Education.
  • Yukl, G., (2006). Leadership in Organizations. Upper Saddle River: Pearson Education.

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