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The Memphis Maniax were a short-lived springtime American football team based in Memphis, Tennessee. Home games were played in Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. The name, obviously derived from the derisive term for a person suffering from mental illness, "maniac", and the logo apparently depicting a deranged axe-wielding murderer, were roundly criticized by advocates for the rights of the mentally ill. This team was part of the failed XFL begun by Vince McMahon of World Wrestling Entertainment and by NBC, a major television network in the United States. NBC dropped the XFL concept after one season (2001) due to dismal ratings, and when, somewhat to McMahon's surprise and disappointment the United Paramount Nework (UPN) followed suit, the league was then folded and the team ceased to exist.
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