XFL Unveils Eight Cities, Venues for Teams to Launch in February 2020

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The original XFL, which promised a brand of football somehow even more violent than the NFL, lasted just one season in 2001 and cost both WWE and NBC millions of dollars.

The league launches in early February, 2020.

"Combined these markets comprise almost a quarter of the nation's population", said XFL commissioner and CEO Oliver Luck at a news conference held at New Jersey's MetLife Stadium.

Dallas, Houston, LA, New York, St. Louis, Tampa Bay and Washington D.C. have also been named as host cities. It folded back in 2001 after a number of problems and not receiving almost the amount of attention or achieving the popularity levels that Vince McMahon thought it would. All eight franchises will be owned by McMahon's company, Alpha Entertainment, in a single-entity format.

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The XFL hopes to deliver a fan-centric, innovative experience, including fast-paced games and a family friendly environment, complemented by cross-platform viewing options and real-time fan engagement. He then introduced Vince McMahon. He said research indicates fans want more football, and they want to give it to them.

The Dallas XFL team will call the new stadium, Globe Life Park, home in 2020. The league today has no coaches, team names or players, but starting immediately, fans can put down deposits on season tickets at the XFL website. "New Jersey couldn't be happier to be one of the eight host sites for the XFL's 2020 revival season".

The league is said to have simplified rules that will make the pace quicker. Hundreds of players get cut from the National Football League each year and they will be invited to try out, and there will be drafts & supplemental drafts. Coupled with the 50-man rosters of the eight-team AAF, that's 900 players who could sign with one of the two spring leagues over the coming two seasons.

Also, the league said tickets will have an "affordable price" but the ticket price range was not announced.

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