XFL reportedly selects St. Louis

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Football is returning to St. Louis. Reportedly.

According to Frank Cusumano of KDSK-TV in St. Louis, the XFL will be dropping a franchise in the city that the NFL abandoned nearly three years ago.

The St. Louis XFL franchise will play five of its 10 games in the Dome at America’s Center, the label that currently applies to the Edward Jones Dome, where the Rams spent more than two decades.

Per the report, the XFL is expected to announce the eight host cities next week.

One key question will become the existence of overlap between XFL and AAF cities. The AAF will play its inaugural season with teams in Atlanta, Birmingham, Orlando, Memphis, Arizona, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, and San Diego.

The AAF reportedly considered St. Louis, getting close enough to result in talks with former Rams receiver Isaac Bruce about becoming the team’s head coach.

21 responses to “XFL reportedly selects St. Louis

  1. Oh boy the XFL in St Louis. Lets all just jump for joy on that one. The city that watched two NFL teams leave get’s a low skilled entertainment happy football franchise. Here’s to
    the St Louis Clydesdale’s.

  2. Well Vince let’s see what you can do. I don’t think this league will compete with the NFL but maybe they can bring something to the table, and exposure for guys that for one reason or another haven’t cut it in NFL rosters.

    But this is Vince McMahon so who the heck knows what’s gonna happen?

  3. When the Niners played the Rams in St. Louis, we would go there because tickets were dirt cheap. St. Louis has some of the nicest football fans you’ll ever meet. The problem is St. Louis is a baseball town, so the dome always has a lot of other teams fans that fill the stadium up. The dome itself is a very mediocre dome. It has needed a huge facelift for years. I hope St. Louis fans fill that dome. I’m rooting for you, St. Louis.

  4. The commenters here clearly hate the NFL and want it to fail, but I think most average viewers won’t care one bit about watching the XFL unless they had free tickets. It will fail.

  5. Highly doubtful the XFL ever plays a game. They’re miles behind the AAF who has already drafted players while the XFL is still picking out locations for their theoretical teams. One of two things is going to happen: AAF will do well and firmly establish themselves as the top secondary league OR it will bomb and make it lunacy to try the exact same idea. Neither of those is a winning proposition for the XFL.

  6. Not that I care much about the AAF, but I noticed it was all southern teams, so that makes me even less interested. I think it would do the XFL well to target parts of the country left out of the AFF.

  7. seems like the AAF has the full momentum swell. Name coaches, good structure thus far. QB draft w/ some names in there. XFL is gonna have to go overboard on the shenanigans…which is what happened in the first place.

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    Rdog says:

    November 28, 2018 at 10:46 am

    The commenters here clearly hate the NFL and want it to fail, but I think most average viewers won’t care one bit about watching the XFL unless they had free tickets. It will fail.

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    I don’t think either the AFF or XFL will compete with the NFL, but that doesn’t mean it will bust. It will all come down to location and ticket prices. Here in Minnesota, we have the Saint Paul Saints, which is a pro baseball team in the AAIPB, which is not associated with the MLB. Even with an MLB team here, Saints games are very popular. These other leagues could thrive, especially in cities without NFL teams, but I don’t think they will ever compete with the NFL.

  9. So St. Louis will become a 3-time loser in maintaining professional football. The city should not contribute more than a thin dime to the franchise!

  10. So the AAF is only going to be a regional league basically since all those teams are in the South.

    XFL just needs to take up the larger northern cities and not only do you have no overlap but you can generate a decent rivalry between the two.

  11. The XFL should put all of its teams in cities that the NFL routinely ignores or abandons. St Louis, San Antonio, Memphis, Columbus OH, OKC, San Diego to name a few.

    There is a market there.

  12. “The commenters here clearly hate the NFL and want it to fail, but I think most average viewers won’t care one bit about watching the XFL unless they had free tickets.”
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    The NFL is not the main competitor for the AAF or XFL. That is the mistake that most every upstart football league has made in history. Their main competitors are each other and other entertainment options. The original XFL actually understood that but cheerleaders in hot tubs wasn’t compelling enough to keep an audience–but they did understand they weren’t going to succeed by directly poaching hard-core NFL fans. These leagues’ success will be measured not in comparison to the NFL but how they are doing compared to the local college football teams, soccer teams, minor league baseball, etc.

  13. I really hope one of both of these leagues succeed. This country and the NFL are dying for a viable “minor league” in which ex-college players can play in and get a shot at the NFL. It’s really surprising (but not shocking) that the NFL doesn’t support one since that would be an extra pool of players to choose from.

  14. Here is a simple formula for success for both of the upstart leagues:

    Average salary for an NFL player is just over $2 million per year. XFL is about $75k and AAF is about 83.3k ($250k over 3 years).

    That means the average NFL player makes about 25x what the new leagues have said they will pay their players.

    The new leagues should use that same 25:1 ratio when pricing goods and services for the fans they hope to attract.

    Ticket prices should be 4% of an NFL seat price.

    The lukewarm cup of beer that goes for $12.50 in the big league should sell for 50 cents in the AAF or XFL

    Parking for an NFL game costs $50 if you’re lucky. Make it $2 for an AAF or XFL game.

    $250 for an NFL jersey (excluding the ‘game-used’ stuff that Eli is hawking). So an AAF or XFL jersey should be priced at $10.

    The probability that either league fails is proportional to the amount they gouge fans for more than 4% of the price of the comparable NFL goods and services.

    These are both speculative startup enterprises. But unlike a tech company in Silicon Valley, they have no inventor advantage, and compete in a crowded entertainment industry.

    Neither league can charge Nieman-Marcus prices for Big Lots merchandise and remain in business very long.

  15. granadafan says:

    I really hope one of both of these leagues succeed. This country and the NFL are dying for a viable “minor league” in which ex-college players can play in and get a shot at the NFL. It’s really surprising (but not shocking) that the NFL doesn’t support one since that would be an extra pool of players to choose from.
    +++++++++++++

    Not sure it would actually be an extra pool. The players that are already on the bubble play in the CFL and NFL Europe. If anything, this simply spreads those leagues thinner as opposed to producing a new crop of unseen talent.

  16. I for one can’t get ENOUGH football so I hope BOTH leagues do well and prosper. I clearly remember the USFL and it was great league untill they got greedy. It was doing very well and cranked out several future NFL stars. With all the changes within the NFL the last few years I’m looking to see if either of these leagues bring back some old-fashion-common sense football.

    Lets hope both leagues succeed!

  17. I hope both these new leagues make it. I was a fan of the NFL before the AFL existed, and remember the merger dragged the stodgy old NFL into making changes to accommodate the AFL. The game today is better because the AFL succeeded, but it wasn’t easy; the NFL did their best to denigrate and belittle them out of existence, as well as putting financial and legal obstacles in their path. The battle was ugly at times. So the AAF and XFL can expect some rough sledding but competition is good, monopolies are bad.

  18. “If the city wouldn’t support an NFL team (twice), why would they support an XFL team?”
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    For the same reason a city could have viable Minor League baseball or D-League teams while not being able to support MLB or the NBA.

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