On January 25th, 2018, WWE Chairman & CEO Vince McMahon announced in a press conference that The XFL will be returning in early 2020. Vince McMahon would then announce in a later date that The XFL is set to return on February 8th & 9th, 2020, which is the weekend after The NFL’s Super Bowl. XFL Commissioner & CEO Oliver Luck then said that the start date gives them the time they need to get the game, the fan experience and their partnerships right.
McMahon then said that The XFL will be an 8-team league with 40-man rosters that will play a 10 game season with a final four playoff setting. McMahon also added that he always wanted to bring The XFL back and that they will give the game of football back to the fans. Below are The 8 Teams along with the venues that they will be playing in that are part of The New XFL:
XFL Team Locations
- New York (MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey)
- Dallas (Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas)
- Houston (TDECU Stadium in Houston, Texas)
- Los Angeles (StubHub Center in Carson, California)
- St. Louis (The Dome at America’s Center in St. Louis, Missouri)
- Seattle (CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Washington)
- Tampa Bay (Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida)
- Washington D.C. (Audi Field in Washington D.C.)
A TV/Broadcast Deal hasn’t been announced yet, but Luck said that they are very excited about the meaningful and deep conversations they have had with all of the major media players about their distribution plans. He also said that The XFL is confident that their games will be widely available on multiple platforms when the league launches. McMahon then mentioned that there is a clamoring for live sporting events on many networks.
The XFL then continued to push the idea of “reimagining” football, with Luck saying that they want to complement fall football. Luck then said that the four areas they are focusing on for when The XFL relaunches are the speed of the game, increasing meaningful on-field action, creating more in-game rhythm & flow and improving player safety. It will be interesting to see what else The XFL will come up with or will introduce to redefine and change the entire complexion of Professional American Football.
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