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XFL Set to Kick Off Next Month

Aired January 26, 2001 - 2:56 p.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

LOU WATERS, CNN ANCHOR: If you are sad that the football season ends Saturday, take heart. The upstart XFL football league kicks off next week with a leaner and meaner version of the sport.

Joining us now with more, CNN/SI's John Giannone, who is also down in Tampa. But first, a simple question, what in the heck is the XFL?

JOHN GIANNONE, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, you know what, Lou, some people think the x stands for extreme, and that's what the owners of the league want you to believe. But those who have seen those TV commercials with the scantily clad cheerleaders say it stands for x- rated.

It's basically a league started by Vince McMahon, who owns the World Wrestling Federation, popular yet controversial organization. He'

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