Jim Ross loved commentating football but hated what XFL paid.
A television special about Vince McMahon's failed football league XFL was broadcasted on ESPN. The show was a part of ESPN's 30 for 30 series which examines stories from all sports. XFL had an evolving rule set during it's first and only season because McMahon's goal was to create a more entertaining product than NFL football. Jim Ross has said he did not mind doing commentary for XFL because he is a huge football fan. But in a recent blog, Ross expressed some negative memories of being at XFL in 2001 and said ultimately the money wasn't worth it.
"Enjoyed the ESPN 30 for 30 on the XFL and it brought back memories of how I got 'gutted and quartered' by the 'legit' sports media when I was promoted to the NBC primary game on week two with Governor Ventura. How dare a 'wrestling guy' even think that he could broadcast football? I have many stories about my season in the XFL and would have loved to have shared some of them but I was never contacted by ESPN to be a part of the presentation. Nonetheless, I have no XFL regrets even though I pushed myself physically to the limits that was ill advised especially after the fact that year for a whopping $1500 per game," wrote Ross
The XFL 30 for 30 aired last Thursday on ESPN and WWE did a fair amount of promotion for the airing. Ross would also discuss the recent WWE Hall of Fame inductees for 2017 and Big Show's match with Shaq.
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