Where will the XFL place its first eight teams?

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The XFL will return, two years from today, with an eight-team league for a 10-game season. So which eight cities will get franchises?

XFL proprietor Vince McMahon hasn’t commenced the process of selecting cities for the resurrected league that will “re-imagine” football. When the league first gave it a whirl in 2001, the launch cities were New York, San Francisco, Orlando, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Memphis, Birmingham, and Chicago, giving NFL cities three of the five teams. (The NFL has since returned to Los Angeles, and the Raiders will be moving to Las Vegas.)

The process can go in various directions, from large markets that have NFL teams (like New York, L.A., or Chicago) to cities that lost NFL teams (like St. Louis, San Diego, or eventually Oakland) to cities that have been linked to the NFL (like San Antonio). The XFL could target cities that have a geographic connection to a popular college program (like Columbus, Ohio), with the goal of rounding up former players from the past several years and bringing them all back together with a loose connection to the college team the locals follow.

Much of the decision-making process will depend on the availability of a suitable venue. Also, it will be critical to properly gauge fan interest in each market.

It could make sense to initially put the teams within fairly close proximity, reducing travel expenses and promoting geographic rivalries. I asked McMahon last week to explain the persistent failure of professional football leagues other than the NFL over the past 45 years, and he said, “Undercapitalization.” Under that theory, money saved necessarily becomes extra capital for unavoidable costs associated with staging games.

However it plays out, the looming “where” will go a long way toward determining whether the league succeeds or fails. Despite the buzz generated by Thursday’s announcement, the league won’t succeed without a following that embraces the sport, both by attending games and watching them, on TV or whatever portal the XFL prefers.

Until it can find a true following, with sustainable numbers over a period of more than a couple years, most will regard the XFL as the next new football league that is destined to arrive with a splash and exit with a sputter.

58 responses to “Where will the XFL place its first eight teams?

  1. Including at least 1 franchise in Mexico (Mexico City, Monterrey?) seems like a major opportunity to gain a stronghold with a massive untapped fan base. There’s already sufficient facilities.

    I’d have to think Oakland, St.Louis, San Diego would be obvious starting points if the obstacles to keeping an NFL franchise don’t prevent it.

  2. Put all 8 teams in Las Vegas. Instead of cities, the XFL should seek casino sponsorship.

    The Mandalay Bay team
    MGM Grand team
    Bally’s team
    etc

    Find an indoor arena. The could have 2 doubleheader games per day in the same stadium. Bets allowed.

  3. Boston
    Hartford
    Concord
    Providence
    Wooster
    New Haven
    Bridgeport
    Springfield.. New England needs more football.. give those great fans what they deserve…..

  4. Where will the XFL place its first eight teams?
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    This could also say

    Where will the XFL place its last eight teams?

    The last time was a colossal failure. Then again American standards have fallen greatly since then.

  5. I could see the XFL working if they take a page from the WWF and make the pregame show where players talk smack towards one another. That would be interesting as long as they don’t kill one another.

  6. how about:

    1 Division
    Columbus
    Richmond
    Montgomery, Al
    Lexington KY
    Tallahassee

    2 Division
    Oklahoma City
    San Antonio
    Salt Lake City
    Spokane
    San Diego

    Play each team in your division 2 times and then 2 teams from the other division. Top 3 teams make the playoffs. These cities kind of surrounds 2-3 major college markets each. So, that would be a great place to pull some pro’s. Have an XFL draft (which players have to submit names each year after the NFL draft). Each player drafted reports to that team. Then, you can pull the rest of your players from regional areas (and each team would be given a list of colleges that fit their region). No other players besides drafted players can come from outside that region (unless a team choose not sign a regional player….kind of like the waiver rule or restricted free agent set up).

  7. San Antonio and put one in Corpus Christi. Corpus has a Napoleon complex and would support a team just to say we are better than San Antonio…
    And Texas loves football.

  8. If they did this right, it could be a success. Do it in the spring… keep it regional, like you said. Put sponsors on the jerseys like they do in soccer around the world. Less tv commercials could then be a part of it. 2020 is interesting… could put teams in SD and Oakland. San Antonio. Orlando.

  9. whatjusthapped says:
    January 26, 2018 at 2:59 pm

    Minneapolis or St Paul, they deserve to see professional football.
    ________

    Dude, they were 13-3 while your team was struggling to beat the Browns in OT. Do you have any self-awareness?

  10. ducknichols50 says:
    January 26, 2018 at 3:45 pm
    how about:

    1 Division
    Columbus
    Richmond
    Montgomery, Al
    Lexington KY
    Tallahassee

    2 Division
    Oklahoma City
    San Antonio
    Salt Lake City
    Spokane
    San Diego

    Play each team in your division 2 times and then 2 teams from the other division. Top 3 teams make the playoffs. These cities kind of surrounds 2-3 major college markets each. So, that would be a great place to pull some pro’s. Have an XFL draft (which players have to submit names each year after the NFL draft). Each player drafted reports to that team. Then, you can pull the rest of your players from regional areas (and each team would be given a list of colleges that fit their region). No other players besides drafted players can come from outside that region (unless a team choose not sign a regional player….kind of like the waiver rule or restricted free agent set up).

    They said they are starting with 8 teams. Did you know the NFL used to only be able to sign players from the region they were located?

  11. Who cares? This league will fail as fast or faster as the first one did. You can have all the gimmicks you want. You can shape the rules to make the fans happy. You can ban kneeling. You can do whatever you want. At the end of the day, what killed the XFL then is still true today: there simply aren’t enough professional quality players to fill the league. The quality of the play was dreadful and will be again. At the end of the day, people won’t watch lousy football. Period.

  12. People say the quality of football will be bad. Have you watched the NFL lately? The NFL is unwatchable, the quality of football is horrible. If the XFL gets back to real football meaning hitting, a catch is a catch, no defenseless player BS, no flag fest by the refs, no endless replays, and very limited commercials, it could work.

  13. i think the fact that run first qb’s are a big thing now days will help the league to be more stable. the qb play doesn’t have to come from standard pocket passers

  14. If they are going to start in January, they will be competing with MLB viewership in March and April, so they probably want to avoid those markets, as well as any NFL markets. These are the largest markets with decent size stadiums (most of these cities are fairly conservative too, so natural fit for this league):

    East: Orlando (Camping World Stadium), Louisville (Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium), Memphis (Liberty Bowl), Norfolk (William “Dick” Price Stadium)
    West: San Antonio (Alamodome), Oklahoma City (Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Stadium in Norman), Salt Lake City (Rice-Eccles Stadium), Sacramento (Hornet Stadium)

  15. Chill_Donahue says:
    January 26, 2018 at 3:02 pm

    I’d be for a re-imagining of the Hartford Whalers

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    Hartford Hellcats maybe? Put like a hellish cat’s head on the helmet with fire and brimstone blowing out of it’s neck and a 666 decal on the back!

  16. Michael E says:
    January 26, 2018 at 5:23 pm
    New York City is the biggest city in the country and they have no professional football team.

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    It’s the most populous city, anyway. They also have no professional football stadium, hence the reason the Giants and Jets and even the Red Bulls play in New Jersey.

  17. Just my opinion but why not put all of the teams in Mexico and get support from NFL in creating a minor league system?
    I assume they have the stadiums for a minor league system.
    The football fans in Mexico would love it….and no competition from College Football

  18. Hopefully is the XFL does get off the ground they will play Football with less penalties, less games decided by the Refs, less confusing rules, less dancing, less show offs and much more real Football.

  19. The XFL is this the old WFL (World Football League) that went belly up before, because they couldn’t sell out any games!

  20. Why not recruit top athletes directly from high school? Pay them real money unlike the NCAA. They will get noticed by the NFL if they are good enough and they could still go to college with the money they would be earning. It’s a shame that college athletes are basically slaves for 4 years. XFL could legitimately compete with college football.

  21. agent7x6 says:
    January 26, 2018 at 2:54 pm
    Ownership of a franchise by a UFC related group seems like a no-brainer. Dana White lives in Vegas, so there’s that.
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    I’m not saying that doesn’t make sense but McMahon said all the teams will be league owned.

  22. arkadyrenko says:
    January 26, 2018 at 6:17 pm
    Dear Idiots, there is not going to be an XFL 2.0. Vince McMahon is a scam artist.
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    I’m not the biggest fan of the guy, but even if the XFL fails I don’t see how it would be a scam. He’s put up a lot of his own money. I haven’t heard anything about him pulling a Curt Schilling or anything. He sounds serious and motivated to deliver a serious pro football product, without the WWE circus, and perhaps with some innovative ideas as far as how it’s delivered in modern times.

  23. Chill_Donahue says:
    January 26, 2018 at 3:02 pm

    I’d be for a re-imagining of the Hartford Whalers

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    But only if they could secure the rights to that logo – one of the all-time best designs in sports history.

  24. San Diego – #17 metro
    St. Louis – #20 metro
    Orlando – #23 metro
    San Antonio – #24 metro
    Portland – #25 metro
    Salt Lake – #48 metro
    Birmingham – #49 metro

  25. Parts Unknown, From Anywhere He Darn Well Pleases, Belleville, IL, Truth or Consequences, New Mexico…you get the idea (if you’re a wrestling fan)

  26. Omaha
    Albuquerque
    Little Rock
    Salt Lake
    Places like that, IMO. Small to mid size metro areas who could use a pro team. Just get some reasonable size stadium deals and fill what seats are there.

  27. East Division
    St Louis
    Columbus or Louisville or Nashville
    Birmingham
    Harrisburg

    West Division
    Oklahoma City
    San Antonio
    Salt Lake City
    San Diego

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