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    XFL draftee Corey Vereen won't play because of low pay

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    The XFL's pay scale is prompting at least some recently drafted players to reconsider whether to join the new football league. Former University of Tennessee defensive end Corey Vereen became the first to announce a reversal, saying he is making more money as a software developer than he would have in the XFL during its inaugural season.


    The XFL informed agents a week before its Oct. 15-16 draft that non-quarterbacks would receive $2,080 every two weeks they are under contract, for a max base salary of $27,040 for the season. There are $1,685 bonuses for being on an active game-day roster and another $2,222 for players on the winning team. A player who is active for all 10 games and is on a team that goes 5-5 would earn $55,000 for the season.


    Quarterbacks will be paid more, up to nearly $500,000 for the season. Vereen said in a telephone interview that the league's pay scale for all other players was much lower than he expected after receiving a salary that would have reached $70,000 in the Alliance of American Football if the now-defunct lead had finished its spring season. Vereen said he passed on offers from the CFL, and accepted a commissioner's invitation to the XFL draft, based on a presumption of higher salaries.


    The XFL, which declined comment, never publicized salary figures prior to the draft. Commissioner Oliver Luck said in the spring that the AAF had erred with "one size fits all" contracts and added: "We think we can be a little bit more selective and pay at the upper level some significant six-figure sums and then have a number of different levels."


    Vereen, who spent training camp in 2017 with the New England Patriots, led the AAF's Memphis Express with four sacks in 2019. He was drafted by the XFL's Los Angeles Wildcats but informed the club this week that he would not sign a contract.


    "How are you going to sit here and get all these people together and try to get the best talent for your league and pay them $27,000?" Vereen said. "I love the game. But I'm not going to be taken advantage of at the end of the day. I have an engineering degree. I'm a software developer. My current job makes more than that. I'm not doing that, unfortunately. It looked like a great opportunity."


    Asked if he was aware of other players mulling a similar decision, Vereen said, "Most definitely."


    The XFL drafted 568 players from a 1,000-player pool for the initial draft. It plans a supplemental draft near Thanksgiving to account for newly eligible players, as well as some players who currently are in college. Players have a Dec. 3 deadline for signing contracts in order to participate in minicamps. There will be a three-week training camp in January and games will begin Feb. 8.

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    Good job Veggie
    Good read

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    $27,000 as a base salary for a pro football player? That's less than if he worked at Walmart. Yeah, I'm going to risk seriously bodily injury, CTE, torn knee ligaments, concussions, separated shoulders, etc, for less than 30 grand! Starting to wonder if this league will make it.

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    This will be another 1 and done for this league...

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    Lol

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    He is having to take a huge pay cut from Tennessee. You can't blame him.

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    No other way to get on TV. Take it or leave it.

    Hundreds of dudes love thecaur time and 2nd shot at getting noticed.

    You want to work as software developer and the lose your job to India people in 3 years good for you, it's not a news story.

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    This is why the XFL will be a failure. They are not trying to succeed. They just want to put something on TV and hope people will watch it. Anything will do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roger T. Bannon View Post
    This is why the XFL will be a failure. They are not trying to succeed. They just want to put something on TV and hope people will watch it. Anything will do.
    This is the only way they can succeed.

    People tune in to see familiar QBs, nothing else. That's all that matters. Nobody cares about some d lineman that couldn't make the practice squad.

    If xfl does ok ratings watch for Manziel types to fill those spots and they'll get some airtime

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    Quote Originally Posted by MinnesotaFats View Post
    This is the only way they can succeed.

    People tune in to see familiar QBs, nothing else. That's all that matters. Nobody cares about some d lineman that couldn't make the practice squad.

    If xfl does ok ratings watch for Manziel types to fill those spots and they'll get some airtime
    XFL already has fantastic TV contracts in place, much better than any other startup. ABC, ESPN, and FOX - not a bad start! Sure the AAF paid players more but look where they are now. XFL being smart with finances - Watchability, rule changes, & hype will determine how good the TV ratings will be but they are taking a conservative approach. Throw in McMahon's $500 million and they have a shot to survive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Art Vandelay View Post
    XFL already has fantastic TV contracts in place, much better than any other startup. ABC, ESPN, and FOX - not a bad start! Sure the AAF paid players more but look where they are now. XFL being smart with finances - Watchability, rule changes, & hype will determine how good the TV ratings will be but they are taking a conservative approach. Throw in McMahon's $500 million and they have a shot to survive.
    You understand that neither network paid ANY MONEY for rights fees and got 100% of the ad revenue and streaming rights, plus option to not show programming.

    Basically, TV earned XFL $0

    The league can only survive by filling stadiums and keeping salaries under control, plus merchandise

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    Quote Originally Posted by MinnesotaFats View Post
    You understand that neither network paid ANY MONEY for rights fees and got 100% of the ad revenue and streaming rights, plus option to not show programming.

    Basically, TV earned XFL $0

    The league can only survive by filling stadiums and keeping salaries under control, plus merchandise
    I'm aware Fats, but exposure will be the biggest thing for them and they can't do much better to start. The AAF had limited exposure with their TV model. The original XFL averaged 25,000 per game - They would be more than happy with that as a startup. Sounds like the salary situation is under control so far...
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    Right, I mean as any company goes, they have to keep costs under control.

    McMahon is using this contract w TV as free marketing.

    The DE from Tennesee or whatever thinks people going to tune in to watch him? Thinks he should get paid more than league can mathematically afford? Guy is ridiculous. If he doesn't want to be on TV that's fine, but why is this a story? There's thousands of minor league baseball and hockey players that made the same life choice, myself included. Cannot believe how entitled the guy is. It's sick.

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    lol you'll have clowns playing in this league soon. People who can't even put a sentence together when giving a TV interview. lol Is the league going to be on the Comedy Central Network? If not... it should be.

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    XFL gonna be a huge failure, even the blind could see that

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    What is the games are fun to attend thou....could see a cult following

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