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Jesse Ventura Will lead us into a new Age
Jesse Ventura, whose no holds barred perspective got him elected governor of Minnesota in 1998, has been named analyst on NBC’s upcoming XFL broadcasts.

The announcement was made by Dick Ebersol, Chairman NBC Sports and Olympics and Vince McMahon, Chairman of World Wrestling Federation Entertainment, Inc.

When the season begins on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2001. NBC will televise a weekly game on primetime each Saturday at 8 p.m. ET.

“We’re thrilled to have one of the most interesting and colorful leaders in America today joining us as an integral part of the XFL,” said Ebersol.

"The XFL will be the best reality show on television and nobody can add color commentary to our brand of football the way Jesse Ventura can. He's naturally opinionated, charismatic, and genuine -- just like the XFL will be. From day one, we've promised that the XFL will allow the true personality of the game to shine and we believe that Jesse is the best person to make that happen." said McMahon.

Ventura’s job approval rating of 71 percent is the highest of any governor in Minnesota’s history and ranks among the highest of any governor in recent memory. His previous broadcasting experience includes two years (1989-90) as the NFL Tampa Bay Buccaneers radio analyst. He also worked on Minnesota Vikings radio broadcasts. In addition, Ventura hosted a sports radio talk show in Minneapolis. During Ventura’s 11 year professional wrestling career he was known as one of the best interviews and most popular entertainers in the sport.

When his in-ring career was complete, he became an analyst with the WWF and co-hosted the WWF’s “Prime Time Wrestling.” He also hosted a WWF talk show called “The Body Shop.”

In 1984, Ventura – a former Navy SEAL who served in Vietnam - retired from wrestling and became an actor. He has appeared in several films including Predator (with Arnold Schwarzenegger) and Batman & Robin.





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