WWE chief Vince McMahon says he is reviving the XFL, a professional football league that flamed out quickly nearly two decades ago in a previous incarnation. The league will begin play in 2020, and McMahon insisted that the two-year run-up will enable the re-born XFL to “get it right.” Plans call for eight teams with 40 players each, and four teams in the postseason. The season will begin in late January or early February and run for 10 weeks, through the springtime. No broadcast or streaming deals are in place as yet. Before McMahon’s news conference, a short sizzle reel played, with a theme song and on-screen graphics emphasizing some themes that were not in the mix during the XFL’s initially ill-fated first run, including “safety” and “fantasy.” McMahon said the NFL’s recent troubles, from kneeling anthem protests to TV ratings woes, did not factor into his decision to revive the league. “I’ve always had this plan to relaunch,” he said. While the earlier incarnation featured hard-hitting action that occasionally veered into brutality, safety will be a centrepiece of the new effort. Vince says he wants no players with any sort of criminal record. Even if you had a DUI, you will not be welcome to play in the XFL.