Ever since Vince McMahon made the announcement that he will relaunch the XFL by early 2020, there have been a lot of speculations and assumptions on which cities and teams will comprise the new XFL. It is worth noting that the new XFL will be much like the first XFL with both leagues having eight teams. The first XFL had two divisions: The Eastern Division & The Western Division. Each division had four teams each. The Eastern Division comprised of: Birmingham Thunderbolts, Chicago Enforcers, New York/ New Jersey Hitmen & Orlando Rage. The Western Division comprised of Las Vegas Outlaws, Los Angeles Xtreme, Memphis Maniax & San Francisco Demons.
New XFL Teams And Locations
Vince McMahon said that the potential teams of the new XFL will be totally different from the original XFL and while the league will once again have eight teams, none of the original teams are expected to be back and none of the team cities have been identified yet. McMahon also said that every city will be on their radar when it comes to team locations and that the new XFL is far away from announcing teams. McMahon also said that he wanted the new XFL to have teams in existing NFL markets, which would, in theory, rule out Birmingham, Memphis, and Orlando from the original XFL, but he didn’t identify potential cities specifically and didn’t rule out any specific cities. McMahon also did not rule out playing on artificial turf (the original XFL avoided artificial playing surfaces however the technology has advanced considerably since 2001).
New XFL Team Names
John Shumway from KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh as well as local media from Orlando and San Diego both inquired about potential teams in their respective cities, but McMahon while stating that he loves Pittsburgh declined to name any cities for teams. McMahon then said that teams would have new identities compared to recycling old identities from the old league. McMahon also said that announcements will be made once the time is appropriate and most likely everything will be set in stone by 2019. The XFL’s initial reboot season will take place in 2020, likely in the weeks after the 2020 Super Bowl.
Stay tuned to XFL News Hub for the latest on any new XFL team announcement.
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