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Tuesday, March 27
Ventura reacts to NBC's increasing scrutiny



ST. PAUL – Responding for the first time to reports that the XFL may fold, Gov. Jesse Ventura said Tuesday the decision is outside his reach.

"That's their call," he said of NBC during an interview on Minnesota Public Radio. Ventura added that he would "feel bad about it."

NBC Sports president Dick Ebersol said Sunday that the network is considering pulling the plug on the XFL if ratings don't improve during the new football league's playoff games next month.

Overnight ratings from Saturday night's Las Vegas-Los Angeles XFL game on NBC drew a 2.1 rating, the same overnight as a week ago. The national number, released last Thursday, was a 1.6, the lowest-rated show in prime-time history. This week's national number also is expected to drop from the overnight rating.

Ebersol said a decision would be made no later than the end of April as to whether or not the league would make it into a second year.

The XFL, an offshoot of the World Wrestling Federation, has a two-year agreement with NBC that also included the broadcast company spending $100 million during the first two seasons.

"It's sad that it didn't catch on as well, but if they choose to cancel it, that's their call," Ventura said. "The players gave their hearts. I gave mine and all the broadcasters – we're doing the best job we can do and that's all you can do."

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