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Vince McMahon considers move to bring back the XFL

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7 minutes ago, 17to85 said:

Everyone goes to the big cities, if it were me I'd put teams in smaller places that don't have much else and build some loyal fanbases. 

For comparison, the AAFL is going to: 

Atlanta, Georgia
Birmingham, Alabama
Memphis, Tennessee
Orlando, Florida
Tempe, Arizona
Salt Lake City, Utah
San Antonio, Texas
San Diego, California

Only one current NFL city. 

 

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Some more details if they haven’t been posted already 

 

 

The revival of the XFL took its next step at a media event in New Jersey today.

Vince McMahon announced that the first season of the league's revival will begin on February 8-9, 2020, which is the weekend after the NFL's Super Bowl. XFL commissioner and CEO Oliver Luck said the start date gives them the time they need to get the game, the fan experience, and their partnerships right.

The inaugural season will feature eight teams. The host cities (which had already been inadvertently revealed on the league's website) and venues were confirmed today:

  • 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.)

Instead of having individual owners, all of the teams will be owned by the league. Luck noted that they're well on their way to identifying their team presidents and head coaches. The coaches will also be the general managers of their teams. The XFL plans on filling the team president and head coach positions in the first quarter of 2019, which is also their timeframe for signing quarterbacks and other impact players. Team names will be announced in the coming months.

Luck said he believes there's a big player pool they'll recruit from, including inviting players who are released when the NFL finalizes its rosters to try out. The XFL will scout, run mini-camps, hold local tryouts, and have an XFL draft and supplemental draft.

A television/media rights deal wasn't announced at today's event. Luck said they're "very excited about the meaningful and deep conversations we've had with all of the major media players about our distribution plans." He said the XFL is confident that their games will be widely available on multiple platforms when the league launches. McMahon also mentioned that there's a clamoring for live sporting events on many networks.

The XFL continued to push the idea of "reimagining" football, with Luck saying that they want to complement fall football. The four areas they're focusing on for the on-field product are the speed of the game, increasing meaningful on-field action, creating more in-game rhythm and flow, and improving player safety.

Luck said the XFL will test for performance-enhancing drugs.

It was noted that the XFL is watching the development of sports gambling in the U.S. The league is a proponent of giving fans a legal and safe way to participate in gambling.

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20 minutes ago, The Unknown Poster said:

Also announced top players will make $250,000

I looked at the cities. None of them stand out as being successful. Seattle loves the Seahawks. Their XFL team? They may get 35-40,000 out for their first game with falling attendance afterwards.  I think it'll be a replay of the XFL in 2000.

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I dunno who is going to go out to see the Seattle XFLers.

It's a super bad week to announce a new team in Seattle, the NHL in Seattle announcement has been huge, bigger than I ever thought it would be.

The only sports coverage I saw about the XFL was whether its schedule might bump any Sounders dates or force the Sounders to play on a field marked for gridiron.

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4 hours ago, johnzo said:

I dunno who is going to go out to see the Seattle XFLers.

It's a super bad week to announce a new team in Seattle, the NHL in Seattle announcement has been huge, bigger than I ever thought it would be.

The only sports coverage I saw about the XFL was whether its schedule might bump any Sounders dates or force the Sounders to play on a field marked for gridiron.

Remember when the Jets came back and the Bombers got a spike in season tickets sold? Sometimes these things just get people excited.

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8 hours ago, SpeedFlex27 said:

I looked at the cities. None of them stand out as being successful. Seattle loves the Seahawks. Their XFL team? They may get 35-40,000 out for their first game with falling attendance afterwards.  I think it'll be a replay of the XFL in 2000.

That's very true... but remember the XFL will be taking place in the NFL off-season... so people might come out just to watch some football to tide them over til training camp...

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9 hours ago, SpeedFlex27 said:

I looked at the cities. None of them stand out as being successful. Seattle loves the Seahawks. Their XFL team? They may get 35-40,000 out for their first game with falling attendance afterwards.  I think it'll be a replay of the XFL in 2000.

They will want to draw fans of course, but since every team will be owned by the league, its not as critical to the financial health of particular teams.  The TV deals will be most important.  They could switch teams every year if they wanted to.  They want good TV markets to attract a good TV deal.

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4 hours ago, The Unknown Poster said:

They will want to draw fans of course, but since every team will be owned by the league, its not as critical to the financial health of particular teams.  The TV deals will be most important.  They could switch teams every year if they wanted to.  They want good TV markets to attract a good TV deal.

It sounds like NBC was holding off on the AAF because they were more interested in the XFL.  When you look at the team locations on a map the XFL is more interesting to national networks.   The AAF only seems to capture the southern portion of the map. They seem to be targeting more markets that might have a local fanbase who would actually go to a game where the XFL is moreso targetting a wide television audience.   

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