Eight XFL teams include three in Texas, none in California or New York

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As XFL 3.0 prepares to arrive in February, three of the league’s eight teams will take up residence in the Lone Star State.

The XFL announced on Sunday night that teams will be in Dallas (Arlington), Houston, San Antonio, Las Vegas, Orlando, St. Louis, Seattle, and D.C.

The second iteration of the XFL had teams in L.A., New York, and Tampa. Those cities were replaced by San Antonio, Las Vegas, and Orlando.

XFL 2.0 did well in Seattle and St. Louis. The league will have no teams at all in New York/New Jersey or California.

Wade Phillips will coach the Houton team, Bob Stoops will coach the Dallas team, Hines Ward will coach the San Antonio team.

Anthony Becht coaches the team in St. Louis. Terrell Buckley will coach the team in Orlando. Reggie Barlow will coach the D.C. team. Jim Haslett will handle the Seattle franchise. And Rod Woodson will coach the Las Vegas franchise.

47 responses to “Eight XFL teams include three in Texas, none in California or New York

  1. …nothing but retreads coaching these teams….i won’t watch…

  2. No Chicago team, LA, or NY teams? I guess they really dont want this to last.

  3. The team in DC really makes this interesting. They can call themselves “The Committee”. And their logo can be a folded sheet of legal paper.

  4. San Antonio & St. Louis are on watch. Both cities need to prove that they deserve football. No matter what level it’s on.
    This will quiet the people who constantly complain about California & New York having “too many” teams. Don’t know what they think about Florida getting one, though.

  5. If you have a startup, you go where the business climate is good.

    Elon did.

  6. Going to decent sized markets that dont have a big leauge team is their best chance to draw any kind of crowd. AA baseball doesnt play in the same market as MLB for a reason

  7. Smart move. Go to football hungry cities. No one in New York or LA care about the XFL and their attendance was abysmal.

  8. At least the guys will actually try. NFL quality of play and officiating has gone downhill to the point this last Super Bowl didn’t have the “feel” of a Super Bowl. Even the commercials sucked. That pass interference against Kupp shouldn’t even have happened considering 3 Ram lineman false started on the play. Give the XFL a chance.

  9. Brothaman says:
    July 24, 2022 at 8:00 pm
    No Chicago team, LA, or NY teams? I guess they really dont want this to last.

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    Actually is was a smart move to stay way from those already saturated markets and instead hit the hungrier ones like they did.

  10. But for D.C. this is a regional league. Swap D.C. for Chicago and the regional footprint would be complete.

  11. Looking forward to the XFL. The official announcements tonight with the owners , team coaches and so forth was fun to watch.

  12. Having such a strong presence in the football hotbeds of the South and Southern Mid-west lends itself to attracting a substantial regional following. That should help them survive until they can expand.
    I live in PA and will be pulling for San Antonio vs Las Vegas in the championship game (Hines Ward vs Rod Woodson)! I really hope the games are on over the air TV!

  13. I’m surprised by the number of teams in cities with NFL teams, to be honest. I get Seattle, because that was one of the big success stories in the previous iteration of the XFL, and D.C., because there is the potential to make a success of it by targeting fans disgruntled with Dan Snyder. I guess Houston is *kinda* similar with the Watson situation, but to way less of a degree and he’s already gone anyway. Dallas and Las Vegas make no sense to me. Dallas belongs to the Cowboys, and there’s no reason to have three Texan teams. Vegas just acquired an NFL franchise that’s still establishing itself in the market, so they can and will take this as a threat.

    Personally, at the very least I’d have gone with teams in San Diego and Oakland instead of Vegas and Dallas, and looked to have duplicated the success of the XFL 2.0 St. Louis team in two more cities that have been recently abandoned by their team, where they have disgruntled football fans looking for a way to express their upset with the NFL for letting their teams move. I’d probably put Houston somewhere else too, tbh, but I’m not sure where.

  14. Orlando? Florida markets can barely support major leagues. Watch what happens when the stamkos/kucherov era in Tampa ends, they’ll be back to being lucky to fill half the stadium even though their current run has been nothing short of spectacular.

  15. Not BuyingIt says:
    July 24, 2022 at 8:17 pm
    If you have a startup, you go where the business climate is good.

    Elon did.

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    Calling Tesla a start up when they moved to Texas is hilarious.

  16. Smart move. It would be foolish to buy/lease property in expensive coastal cities for a league that’s going to shut down after one season.

  17. I’m glad I got to see the golden age of pro football that existed in the range below hideous greed (the current NFL) and above barely making a living wage (current USFL/XFL).

    It was a lot more fun when there was a lot less money in the NFL but still enough to have a bit of spectacle and star power. Now it’s such a desperate cash grab from everyone involved that it no longer feels like fun. And the starter leagues aren’t supporting players well enough for it to feel good.

    I hope they do well enough to pay well. Unlike with the NFL, it still feels possible to root for people not making millions of dollars per game.

  18. I have zero interest in watching some kind of D-level, watered down football.

  19. The most remarkable thing about this article is that people are still hiring Jim Haslett.

  20. Smart move on where they will have teams, seems like it was very well thought out. I am loving it that the NFL is starting to have competition.

  21. Why would the XFL want to start up a business in California and New York when most of the existing companies are fleeing those states?

  22. What happened to the Michigan team? Did it fold? Move? So much for the Michigan T-shirt I bought. If I can’t depend on a team to stick around, I won’t be supporting the XFL anymore.

  23. The comparison of the minor league baseball teams in MLB cities to XFL teams in NFL cities is very real. People who live somewhere want to see the best product.

    I went to a Tampa Tarpons game (Yankee affiliate with a very nice stadium) and it felt like there might be 200 people there. Why go when the Rays are so close?

    On the other hand, I grew up with the Norfolk Tides (Orioles affiliate in an outdated stadium) and I see that they averaged 4,000 per game in 2021.

    Full transparency: the Tides are Triple-A and the Tarpons are Single-A… but if the Tides were Single-A then they would still be the biggest show in town and thousands would still show each game (maybe a 10% drop?). The majority attending are families and they don’t care if it is Single-A or Triple A.

    In those smaller markets, that is the biggest show in town. That is where people want to be.

  24. Seems like they’re targeting college football fans, not pro football fans.

  25. Is there a world where the XFL and the USFL just get on with the merger? The quality of neither is very good right now, but they might attract better players with the added financial juice that comes with the publicity a merger draws…just sayin’.

  26. daytontriangles says:
    July 24, 2022 at 10:13 pm
    Smart move. It would be foolish to buy/lease property in expensive coastal cities for a league that’s going to shut down after one season.
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    Let’s get one right for geography- Seattle and DC are expensive coastal cities – that’s 1/4th of the league

  27. Not BuyingIt says:
    July 24, 2022 at 8:17 pm
    If you have a startup, you go where the business climate is good.

    Elon did.
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    Tesla was nowhere near a startup and Musk still has not moved it to Texas. Much like his bogus Twitter bid, Musk talks a lot more stuff than he actually does.

  28. recoil says:
    July 25, 2022 at 7:42 am
    Why would the XFL want to start up a business in California and New York when most of the existing companies are fleeing those states?
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    Most companies who relocate move to locations that offer them the most tax incentives. Texas is offering massive tax breaks to these moving companies. If you are pleased by these companies moving you must be in favor of tax breaks for the rich.

  29. Took my family to a game in Houston during the last iteration of the league. We had a great time. It was cheap, the stadium
    was packed and it was a close competitive game. The feel was pretty similar to a minor league baseball experience. It looked like they had a successful formula going, at least in my city, until Covid came around and killed it. I hope the league makes it this time.

  30. Almost seems kind of anticlimactic to start watching this after the NFL’s playoffs and SB are over. But that doesn’t mean my opinion is the same as everyone else’s.

    Maybe if they promote some sort of XFL fantasy game with free prizes they could get more people to pay attention. For instance you pick a team from available players each week, but you can only use players twice over the course of the season. Once you have used them twice, they are no longer available to you (maybe it resets for the playoffs).

    Offer a some cash prizes and maybe some team/player gear.

  31. The fact the XFL will be playing the same time as the USFL2 , the USA is covered. Spring time football is great after you get all your yard work done and just want to chill with a beer. Bring’um on!!

  32. reallydude says:
    July 24, 2022 at 9:45 pm
    Not BuyingIt says:
    July 24, 2022 at 8:17 pm
    If you have a startup, you go where the business climate is good.

    Elon did.

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    Calling Tesla a start up when they moved to Texas is hilarious.
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    I dont have any shares in the XFL , but I do own some Tesla shares. Just fyi, Tesla is still in California. There were more Tesla’s made in California than any other auto manafacturing plant in North America. 75% of all Tesla’s sold in the United States are sold to Californians, which counts for almost 20% of all electric cars globally. I can think of approx 60 million reasons why you would want to do business in Ca, and NY.

  33. There’s no place to play in San Diego. The Aztec stadium isn’t completed yet. And Why would they want to be in Oakland? People who live in Oakland don’t want to be there.

  34. The good news is they didn’t hire Haslett to hire the St. Louis team. We’ve seen his horrible coaching already.

  35. reallydude says:
    July 24, 2022 at 9:45 pm
    Not BuyingIt says:
    July 24, 2022 at 8:17 pm
    If you have a startup, you go where the business climate is good.

    Elon did.

    ———————————————–

    Calling Tesla a start up when they moved to Texas is hilarious.
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    They weren’t calling Tesla a startup. They were calling the XFL a startup.

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