THIS WAS THE XFL

Directed by Charlie Ebersol

A bold challenge, a fearless experiment and ultimately, a spectacular failure. In 2001, sports entertainment titans Dick Ebersol and Vince McMahon used the marketing behemoths of their respective companies -- NBC and WWE -- and launched the XFL. It captured headlines and a sense of undeniable anticipation about what was to come. More »
Video  Ode To Joy
Video Love And Rage
Video Directors Statement
Video BONUS: Halftime Cheerleaders
Video BONUS: Bubba Cam
Video BONUS: Rusty Vs. Ventura
Video BONUS: Tech Issues

UPCOMING:
February 18 @ 5:30 A.M. ET The '85 Bears
February 18 @ 7:30 A.M. ET Catholics Vs. Convicts
February 18 @ 9:30 A.M. ET This Was the XFL

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All films air on ESPN.

  • December 10 -- Catholics Vs Convicts, 9:00 p.m. ET, ESPN
  • On October 15, 1988, Notre Dame hosted the University of Miami in what was arguably one of the greatest games in college football history. But the name still attached to the contest came from a t-shirt manufactured by a few Notre Dame students.

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    This Was The XFL

    A bold challenge, a fearless experiment and ultimately, a spectacular failure. In 2001, sports entertainment titans Dick Ebersol and Vince McMahon launched the XFL. It captured headlines and a sense of undeniable anticipation about what was to come.

    Hit It Hard

    If golf were put to country music, the song would be about John Daly. Ever since he shocked the world by winning the PGA Championship 25 years ago, the blond bomber from Arkansas has been one of the most popular figures in a sport that minds its manners.

    Catholics vs. Convicts

    In 1988, Notre Dame hosted the Miami in what was one of the greatest games in college football history. It was tradition vs. swagger, the No. 4 versus No. 1. But the name still attached came from a t-shirt manufactured by a few Notre Dame students.

    Phi Slama Jama

    They were the most popular fraternity in college basketball in the early 1980s. Led by a Nigerian soccer player and a hometown kid, the University of Houston Cougars not only electrified the NCAA, but they also helped transform the game itself.

    Doc & Darryl

    Reunited at a diner in Queens, the pitcher and the power hitter look back on the glory days ofthe mid-80sand the harrowing nights that turned them fromsurefireHall of Famers into prisoners of their own addictions.

    Believeland

    There's a special place on the southern shore of Lake Erie, at the mouth of the Cuyahoga River where a special group of fans live and no matter what the Tribe, Cavs and Browns do to them, they always still believe.

    This Magic Moment

    In the 1990s, the Orlando Magic, Shaquille O'Neal and Penny Hardaway were the talk of the NBA not only on the court, but off it as well. So how did a partnership that burned so bright get extinguished so quickly?

    Fantastic Lies

    On March 13th, 2006, the Duke University lacrosse team had a party. What happened there became a nightmare that changed lives, ruined careers, tarnished a school's reputation and even jeopardized the future of the sport at Duke.

    The '85 Bears

    For one unforgettable season, the Monsters of the Midway were the most dominant force in all of football.

    Four Falls of Buffalo

    The Bills went to four straight Super Bowls from 1990-1993, but they aren't remembered for that feat. They're remembered for losing each one of them.

    Trojan War

    Pete Carroll led the USC Trojans back to the top of college football. But in Hollywood, you don't always get the perfect ending.

    The Prince of Pennsylvania

    The tragic story of the turbulent relationship between Olympic wrestling stars Mark and Dave Schultz and multimillionaire John du Pont.

    The Gospel According to Mac

    Football is a religion to many people. But few know the depths of both faiths as well as former Colorado coach Bill McCartney.

    Chasing Tyson

    Evander Holyfield knew he could never earn respect until he beat Mike Tyson. When the two finally fought, the world saw two of the sport's most memorable fights.