Report: Seven of eight XFL teams to be in NFL cities

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The first XFL location, which emerged this week, will be neither an NFL nor an AFL city. The next seven will all be cities in which the NFL currently plays.

According to a post on the Wrestle Zone blog, the XFL inadvertently posted a list of all eight teams. The link provided to the XFL page currently contains no such information; instead, there’s a video announcing that an announcement is coming on December 5.

Per the report, the cities (in addition to St. Louis) are Dallas, Houston, L.A., New York, Seattle, Tampa, and Washington.

It’s a bold move by a bold man who resurrected the XFL, dropping teams directly into seven cities currently served by more than 25 percent of the NFL’s current teams. And it will require a fan base that already is largely loyal to one NFL team (or, in the case of L.A., all 32 of them) to embrace a minor-league team that plays in non-football season.

The wild-card here will be the legalization of gambling. Which makes Tampa a somewhat surprising choice, given the results of a ballot initiative that will make it much harder to have legalized wagering in Florida. Although people obviously will be able bet on Tampa games in states where wagering is legal, any live, in-game, in-stadium betting won’t happen in Tampa unless and until Florida legalizes wagering.

Regardless, the XFL will return in 2020, 19 years after its initial one-year experiment. And it won’t be competing with the AAF, at least not on the local level.

 

31 responses to “Report: Seven of eight XFL teams to be in NFL cities

  1. There’s only one stadium in Tampa, unless they’re planning on playing indoors at Tropicans Field across the river. Most likely, the XFL team is going to play where there’s a pirate ship that says “Buccaneers”

  2. Jerry is going to Crush this, to him it’s THE Cowboys town.
    He won’t even let San Antonio have a NFL team.

  3. McMahon and the owners of these teams should watch Jurassic Park 2. In the movie they said they know what went wrong the first time and this time will be different. The XFL Part Deux once it starts will soon be extinct just like the dinosaurs.

  4. San Antonio would have been a good choice, also Memphis has consistently supported teams in both the WFL and the USFL.

  5. The XFL Part Deux once it starts will soon be extinct just like the dinosaurs.
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    Well at least you gave it a chance first…

  6. The NFL has been around for 100 years and obviously is the zenith of pro football in north america. that being said I would enjoy seeing another league take its greedy owners down a peg or two. the chargers getting pulled out of SD really annoyed me and im a buffalo fan.

  7. The NFL still owes the XFL credit for “Sky Cam”. If anything, the XFL tries to come up with new innovations to set itself apart. The Opening Scramble (as opposed to the coin toss) was always fun to watch.

  8. Tom D says: “The NFL still owes the XFL credit for “Sky Cam”. If anything, the XFL tries to come up with new innovations to set itself apart. The Opening Scramble (as opposed to the coin toss) was always fun to watch.”
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    Sorry, no innovations or rule changes allowed.

    Look at all the comments here crying about “tradition” and going back to old-school football. Or those whining about lack of defense or hitting (even though there has been 22,660 tackles in 12 weeks and 898 sacks total.)

  9. kamthechancellor says: “I’m all for it as long as they allow hitting.”
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    Weak. Through Week 12, there has been 22,660 tackles and 898 sacks. You’d be crying like a baby if a 300lb NFLer gave you one of those tackles right now.

  10. Yes, back to real football! Where hitting is legal and is what everyone wants, they know what they are signing up for…

  11. kamthechancellor says:
    December 1, 2018 at 10:20 am
    I’m all for it as long as they allow hitting. Also, XFL, please make pass interference a 15 yard penalty please.

    why 15 yd? if a DB is burned deep he may as well commit PI, as a 15 yd first down is better than giving up 30+ and/or a TD. I understand that some QBs seem to chuck it deep with their main hope of a PI call, but it still on the DB to play clean (or sly enough to not get caught).

  12. The XFL had a decent chance this time around but I think AAF is undercutting the opportunity for success for the XFL. There isn’t enough talent and interest in 2 leagues. Now, could the 2 merge later to form a 16 team league? I could see that. And for those who keep saying they should have a team in San Diego, San Antonio and Memphis, the AAF already beat them to it.

  13. I see the XFL has followed the NFL’s lead and ignored the “football hotbed” known as Toronto. Guess the ignore the CFL strategy wasn’t the best one.

  14. kamthechancellor says:
    December 1, 2018 at 10:20 am
    I’m all for it as long as they allow hitting. Also, XFL, please make pass interference a 15 yard penalty please.

    why 15 yd? if a DB is burned deep he may as well commit PI, as a 15 yd first down is better than giving up 30+ and/or a TD.
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    Exactly!! Give that man a Sea-Gar!!!
    That’s the kind of change that’s needed if you want to even up the odds for the defenders!
    If all you care about is 400 yd passing and 6 TDs every game then you should be ecstatic with he NFL as it stands.
    But there are those of us who think great defense is just as much fun to watch as great offense. The suspense of the 4th quarter shouldn’t only be about who has the ball last in a shootout, but equally if the defense can stand up to that last drive while leading 10-7.
    Today any game like that gets labeled “ugly”. That track meet between LA and KC was labelled an instant classic. Dallas kicking Brees and the Saints collective rear ends was at least as good, but all I see are people complaining about it.

  15. Jerry is going to Crush this, to him it’s THE Cowboys town.
    He won’t even let San Antonio have a NFL team.

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    Jerry is in if he makes money .

  16. sigbouncer says: San Diego, Portland, San Antonio, St Louis and Oakland are all areas they should have created teams for.

    Wow. San Diego, St Louis (2X) and Oakland (2X) couldn’t even support NFL teams they already had.

  17. akira1971 says:
    December 1, 2018 at 11:11 am
    kamthechancellor says: “I’m all for it as long as they allow hitting.”
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    Weak. Through Week 12, there has been 22,660 tackles and 898 sacks. You’d be crying like a baby if a 300lb NFLer gave you one of those tackles right now
    +++
    Dear lord…one of these posts. Yes, NFL players are tough. However, there are many tough guys and gals in this country.

    Toughness isn’t defined by whether you play in the NFL or not. It’s not something learned, created, or given to a person. It’s also measured in varying degrees but, it’s not defined to a certain segment of society, occupation, or where you grew up.

    Toughness is mental and physical, and it’s not defined specifically for NFL players.

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