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XFL Confirms 8 Host Cities For 2020 Relaunch; Kickoff Date, Supplemental Draft & More League Details Announced

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In a major announcement this afternoon, the XFL revealed all eight teams that will compete in their upcoming 2020 relaunch, as well as plenty of new details for the alternative football league.

The Governor of New Jersey Phil Murphy was on-hand to kick off the press conference at MetLife Stadium today. The building is home to two NFL teams — the New York Giants and New York Jets — and of course, next year’s WrestleMania 35. Murphy confirmed that a third football team will be utilizing the stadium when the XFL returns in 2020.


Former Houston Oilers quarterback Oliver Luck (father of Andrew Luck) will serve as Commissioner of the league, and was also on-hand to push the XFL’s use of next generation technology, a simplification of the rules, an increased focus on player safety as well as speeding up the game overall.

Commissioner Luck emphasized that they are committed to “listening to the fans” and keeping each game well under three hours. He also confirmed that the league will be testing for performance enhancing drugs, and is working with a world class panel of doctors and medical professionals to craft the best regulations possible.

In terms of selecting host cities for the XFL’s first season, it was noted that more than 30 cities and venues expressed interest in participating, and that the league was looking for dedicated long-term partners rather than just a buildings to rent.

The following host cities were officially confirmed:

  • East Rutherford, NJ (MetLife Stadium)
  • Arlington, TX (Globe Life Park)
  •  Houston, TX (TDECU Stadium)
  • Los Angeles, CA (Stubhub Center)
  • St. Louis, MO (The Dome at America’s Center)
  • Seattle, WA (CenturyLink Field)
  • Tampa, FL (Raymond James Stadium)
  • Washington, D.C. (Audi Field)

The inaugural XFL season will take place on the weekend of Feb. 8-9, 2020 — the week following Super Bowl LIII.

Today’s big reveal fell in line with a report from last week which caught a potential leak on the XFL website, listing the phone numbers for eight league headquarters in different cities around the country.

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The Rock & RedBird Capital Purchase The XFL For $15 Million

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The XFL is going to keep a wrestling connection because The Rock and RedBird Capital have purchased the Football league for $15 million.

Just hours before the league was set to be auctioned off, the XFL brand and its assets have been purchased by wrestling legend and Hollywood megastar, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, who has partnered with RedBird Capital to make the deal happen.


RedBird already has investments within the NFL and recently purchased the French soccer side Toulouse, proving its commitment to the sporting world. The Rock has a connection to football himself as a former college player.

Vince McMahon was, of course, the former owner of the XFL, but he filed for bankruptcy back in April due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with the league shutting down after just five weeks due to the pandemic. The XFL has a rocky history, with the league originally starting in 2001, only lasting just one year before folding.

The Rock released a statement about the purchase, stating: “The acquisition of the XFL with my talented partners, Danny Garcia and Gerry Cardinale, is an investment for me that’s rooted deeply in two things – my passion for the game and my desire to always take care of the fans. With pride and gratitude for all that I’ve built with my own two hands, I plan to apply these callouses to the XFL and look forward to creating something special for the players, fans, and everyone involved for the love of football.”

The Rock was actually involved with the XFL back in 2001 where he would cut promos prior to games, with WWE wanting to push the wrestling connection.

 

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XFL Officially Files For Chapter 11 Bankruptcy, League Statement

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Alpha Entertainment, the parent company of the XFL, has officially filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy following the unexpected cancellation of its comeback season after only five weeks of play.

The league has issued the following statement:


“The XFL quickly captured the hearts and imaginations of millions of people who love football. Unfortunately, as a new enterprise, we were not insulated from the harsh economic impacts and uncertainties caused by the COVID-19 crisis. Accordingly, we have filed a voluntary petition for relief under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. This is a heartbreaking time for many, including our passionate fans, players and staff, and we are thankful to them, our television partners, and the many Americans who rallied to the XFL for the love of football.”

According to ESPN, all employees were paid through April 12, including any unspent vacation time. One source reportedly noted that the XFL could actually be sold to another outside party during the bankruptcy.

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XFL Suspends Operation, Reportedly No Plans For 2021 Season

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ESPN is reporting that the XFL has laid off the majority of its staff, except for a “handful of executives.” They have suspended all operations, and there is currently no plan for a 2021 season. The XFL launched in January of this year, but saw the 2020 cut down early by the recent outbreak of COVID-19.

The XFL was Vince McMahon & Alpha Entertainment’s vision for a new kind of professional football, based on the league that McMahon founded in 2001.


 

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