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Survey finds 45% of football fans excited over XFL’s return

Football fans are rooting for the arrival of Vince McMahon’s rebooted XFL, according to a survey conducted by the market research firm Piplsay.

XFL Vince McMahon WWEIn a nationwide poll of 32,677 conducted earlier this month, 60% of respondents said they were aware of the XFL and 45% said they were excited about the league’s arrival, with 34% expressing no enthusiasm and 21% stating they were not sure. Millennials were the most excited to see the XFL games (60%), followed by Generation Z (55%).

When it came to awareness of the new XFL teams, 40% of respondents said they were “somewhat aware” and 18% said they were “quite aware,” but 42% said they were unaware of the XFL’s teams.

The league, owned by McMahon’s Stamford-based Alpha Entertainment, launches on Feb. 8, nearly a week after the NFL’s Super Bowl LIV. Half of the poll’s respondents did not believe the XFL would pose a challenge to the NFL, citing the dominant league’s size and presence, although 20% of respondents said it could pose a challenge “to some extent” and 18% said the challenge would be “to a big extent.” More than 40% of Generation Z and millennial respondents believed the XFL would pose a threat to the NFL, compared with 29% of Generation X respondents.

The XFL’s previous incarnation in 2001 failed to take root. The survey found 41% of respondents believing the second edition will be successful, with 27% believing it will be another failure and 32% being unsure what the future will hold.

(Editor’s note: The Feb. 3 edition of the Fairfield County Business Journal will be offering an in-depth analysis of the XFL’s launch and its potential for long-term success.)

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Phil Hall's writing for Westfair Communications has earned multiple awards from the Connecticut Press Club and the Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists. He is a former United Nations-based reporter for Fairchild Broadcast News and the author of 10 books (including the 2020 release "Moby Dick: The Radio Play" and the upcoming "Jesus Christ Movie Star," both published by BearManor Media). He is also the host of the SoundCloud podcast "The Online Movie Show," co-host of the WAPJ-FM talk show "Nutmeg Chatter" and a writer with credits in The New York Times, New York Daily News, Hartford Courant, Wired, The Hill's Congress Blog, Profit Confidential, The MReport and StockNews.com. Outside of journalism, he is also a horror movie actor - usually playing the creepy villain who gets badly killed at the end of each film.

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