The XFL returns to action in roughly 14 months – February 2020 – and this time the league will feature two franchises in football-hungry Texas. Houston and Dallas will both field franchises as the league reboots. They will join the eight-team league that will feature franchises in Los Angeles, St. Louis, Seattle, New York, Tampa Bay and Washington, D.C.
The league initially appeared for one season in 2001. This time the league promises to be new and improved under the leadership of a familiar face, Oliver Luck, who will serve as the commissioner and CEO.
The franchise announcements were made recently by Luck at a press conference held at MetLife Stadium, which included representatives from all eight markets.
“After months of research and consideration, we’re thrilled to announce the cities and venues of the XFL’s eight inaugural teams,” said Luck. “We are committed to being ingrained in the local community and extremely fortunate that our teams will have world-class facilities to call home.”
Football is America’s favorite sport boasting over 85 million fans but the traditional season is considered too short by some. Seeing a tremendous opportunity to fill the void, Vince McMahon, XFL founder and chairman, announced earlier this year the launch of the league, which he is personally funding.
McMahon wants to develop the XFL with the same commitment and resolve that he demonstrated building WWE into a global media and sports entertainment powerhouse.
The XFL promises to deliver “authentic, high-energy” football for the whole family at an affordable price, and said it will offer fast-paced games with fewer play stoppages and simpler rules.
The league will launch with 45-man active rosters and a 10-week regular season schedule with a postseason consisting of two semifinal playoff games and a championship game. The XFL will also establish a health, wellness and safety program that it said meets the needs of today’s athletes.
In addition, the XFL will embrace the latest on and off-field technology, providing live game coverage, content and real-time engagement across multiple platforms, giving fans greater access than ever before.
“We will build strong grassroots relationships with local organizations in our host cities through social responsibility partnerships, and the XFL will enjoy the support of WWE’s many extraordinary resources and promotional capabilities,” said the league.
XFL Houston will call TDECU Stadium on the campus of the University of Houston home. UH Vice President of Athletics Chris Pezman was encouraged to partner with Luck, the former CEO of the Houston Sports Authority.
“What really got us excited was Oliver’s involvement,” Pezman said. “He’s someone I look up to in the business. He brings a huge amount of credibility to the league. You combine the media power that the WWE has and with them relaunching the league and then with a football person who understands the game and understands our market. We had to do everything we could to get it.”
For more information visit XFL.com.