WWE mastermind Vince McMahon is bringing the XFL back from the dead and awarding Dallas a shot at sports legend or infamy in 2020.
The Governor of New Jersey Phil Murphy was on-hand to kick off the press conference at MetLife Stadium today. NBC had previously agreed to two seasons for the first run of the XFL in 2001 before backing out of the second year in response to declining ratings.
This news confirms speculation that rose up after a list of eight cities, Dallas being one of them, leaked on the XFL website December 1. Luck promised a quicker pace of play with the overall goal of keeping games under three hours.
St. Louis is among the eight cities and venues chosen to be home sites when the XFL launches its inaugural season in February 2020.
The refurbished XFL falls under the auspices of McMahon's Alpha Entertainment. He introduced XFL Commissioner Oliver Luck.
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The league is said to have simplified rules that will make the pace quicker. It's a game that's fan-centric, innovative and technologically advanced with real-time fan engagement.
McMahon is "personally funding" the new leaugue. He also said they've taken input from fans and some of their best ideas have come from them. He mentioned the hundreds of players that get cut from the National Football League and they will be invited to try out for the XFL.
"We are proud to restore the River City's rightful place among pro football cities and we will not stop there", the XFL said in a statement.
McMahon is once again betting on America's insatiable appetite for gridiron, playing a 10-game regular season followed by postseason and a championship game during the winter and spring months when the National Football League (NFL) has concluded.
"Hundreds of players are cut every year from National Football League teams".