ST. PAUL (AP) -- The XFL will return for another season, the league's founder now says, but no decision has been made about Gov. Jesse Ventura's status in the broadcast booth.
Vince McMahon praised Ventura and his broadcast partners in a Los Angeles Times interview this week, in which he also declared the XFL would see action in 2002, albeit not on NBC, a league co-owner. NBC has suffered dismal ratings for its Saturday night broadcasts.
Ventura's attorney, David Bradley Olsen, said Friday that "nobody has approached us directly about a second season."
"If somebody would make a proposal, I would certainly look at it on his behalf," Olsen said. "We originally made a one-year commitment with the attitude we'd sit back and see how it goes."
The governor is under contract for a 10 week season and the playoffs, including Saturday's championship game. He has refused to reveal his salary.
Ventura read aloud from the L.A. Times report on his weekly radio show Friday, but he offered no hint on whether he'd like to return.
McMahon didn't rule out bringing back Ventura.
"I think Jesse was unfairly criticized by a lot of people, myself included," McMahon said. "He made a lot of contributions and was very supportive of the league, in spite of the media jumping down his throat.
"He wasn't brought in for his football knowledge, although he does know football. The mistake we made was not putting a football expert in with Jesse in the first place."
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