NBC May Pull Plug on XFL
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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) _ Will the XFL get its cancellation notice?
``If they choose to cancel it, that’s their call,″ Gov. Jesse Ventura said during an interview Tuesday on Minnesota Public Radio. ``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.″
Ventura is the lead analyst for the broadcasts.
Dick Ebersol, NBC Sports president, said Sunday the network is considering pulling the plug on the XFL if ratings don’t improve during the new football league’s playoffs games next month.
Ebersol said a decision would be made no later than the end of April as to whether 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.