The XFL is coming back after a failed first go-around, and Johnny Manziel is here for it.
There has been a weird renewed interest in the XFL in recent years. The league played its sole season back in 2001.
It didn't go well. Ratings dwindled during the season, which ran from February to April.
NBC and WWE each lost a report $35 million on their $100 million investment into the league. Still, apparently a pro football league is an itch that Vince McMahon needs to scratch.
Today, he announced an XFL relaunch. The league is set to start play in 2020.
Moore says that the league wants Johnny Manziel. The former Texas A&M Heisman winner will be 27 when the league kicks off, assuming it is a spring league again.
Manziel is currently eyeing a return to football, and worked out for the CFL recently. Apparently he got the message loud and clear though.
There is one issue with this, based on the rules outlined today. Ahead of McMahon's press conference, a number of league stipulations were outlined.
Among them: no players with arrest records will be allowed. From Sports Business Daily:
Rather than relying on WWE-style marketing that emphasized sex and violence, McMahon suggested that this new version will be more wholesome and family friendly. So much so, in fact, that the new XFL will have no cheerleaders. It will not hire players who have arrest records, McMahon said. And it will make sure that all of its players stand for the national anthem, a policy that stands in stark contrast to the NFL.
Manziel was arrested back in 2012 while at Texas A&M for disorderly conduct, along with other misdemeanors. In 2016, he was accused of domestic violence by former girlfriend Colleen Crowley.
Manziel would probably draw eyeballs, should the XFL eventually hit the field again. However, the league would have to amend its own proposed rules for him.