The XFL is already expected to take a major loss that is going to spread over the next few seasons.
According to Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer Radio, Vince McMahon is expected to lose around $400 million by bringing back the football league.
Meltzer reports that McMahon is aware of the loss, but notes that he has a plan to make it all back:
“Vince has earmarked $300 million and that’s going to get them through 2.5 seasons and he’ll put up more later,” said Dave Meltzer. “The way this whole thing is structured is Vince is probably going to lose about $375 million over the next 3 years on this league and he will and he knows and that’s what he’s going to do.”
“Then at the end of those 3 years, the idea is he’ll be able to get television deals that will total over $125 million a year which would cover his losses and then he’s okay. There’s a lot of factors involved in that and again, the ratings are one of them. If these stations feel that it’s valuable enough to pay that much, it’s not as long a shot as everyone thinks.”