Still, if you look at McMahon's full statement, it is easy to assume Kaepernick himself would reject the opportunity to play in the XFL - especially if his activism were to be quashed at the outset. But the audience did not stick around on Saturday nights to watch second-rate football, lascivious cheerleader shots, sophomoric double entendres and other gimmicks that quickly doomed the league.
Plans include each team playing a 10-game regular season, with a postseason consisting of two semifinal games followed by a championship game.
"It's a time-honored tradition to stand", he said Thursday.
The players' salary structure is still in development, but players will be paid to play and paid more to win.
"We're gonna give the game back to the fans", said McMahon in a live announcement under the banner of Alpha Entertainment, a separate media company from the WWE. He wants a 2-hour game and even tossed out the idea of eliminating halftime.
Professional football will be reimagined when the new XFL kicks off in early 2020. McMahon hosted a Q&A on YouTube in order to explain the circumstances around the XFL's return, and although we don't know a lot of the specifics (broadcast distribution, cities, camera angles), we have learned quite a bit in a short period time.
"It'll have nothing to do with politics or social issues", he said.
"We played in the first game and I made a field goal, so that was pretty cool".
McMahon promised a safer football league, though he again offered no specifics for a league that unveiled a human coin toss the first time around - players scrambled from each team to grab the football to decide possession.
This is slightly fewer than the NFL's 53-man roster, but it's still a good number of players.
It could be the right time for a rival to the National Football League, which has suffered from sagging ratings and a storm of negative attention over player anthem protests at the start of the current season.