Pat McAfee spoke to Wrestling Inc. on their WINCLY podcast to discuss the return of the XFL, turning down the AAF and his campaign to join the Monday Night Football booth.
“The campaign went pretty good. I have no idea if I’ll get into the booth but the campaign did okay,” stated McAfee.
“That would be an insane opportunity if I got to do that… but I don’t think I’m gonna get that gig. I think it’s a long shot but I’d still be able to work with the WWE if I did which is cool because there’s a non-exclusive deal with the WWE. They want me to do stuff like this and they want me to continue to make content for WWE, so it’s a win-win.”
On the topic of the AAF offering him a job, McAfee said, “The AAF offered me a commentating spot for their league and it was literally the day after I signed my deal with the WWE… I said no because I knew that the XFL would be launching in a year from now. So I didn’t want to help launch a new league that would be in competition with the XFL,”
McAfee is confident that Vince McMahon won’t fail twice. “I think the XFL has a good chance,” stated McAfee. “With the way sports gambling is coming to be and the people they have running that league, I think Vince does not want to fail again.
“If I’m a part of it, I have no idea. Obviously if I’m with the Monday Night Football booth, which is a long shot, but if I’m there I’m not sure I could. I’ll be a fan of the XFL and if they want me to do something, then I’d love to…not to play. I’m not gonna play. I’m done with that but everything else is fair game.”
McAfee knows first-hand how the NFL operates and he shed some light on things the XFL can do differently, and perhaps better, than the NFL.
“I feel like the AAF has been a test on a few things for the NFL like getting rid of the kickoff and having the ball at the 25 is going to expedite the whole process. That seems to be working with the AAF and fans don’t even notice the kickoff is missing,” said McAfee.
“With the XFL, I think the engagement with the fans is something that could really help out. There’s gonna be an active fan base but there are some things you could do to be a little more engaged with the fans, but also self-awareness is a big deal.
“But most importantly, you’ve gotta have good football and that’s what the AAF is suffering from. There’s not really great football happening so you’ve gotta get good coaches to do that. But if you can find a good alternative from the NFL, people are going to watch and I think that’s what the XFL is looking to do. We’ll see.”