We're less than a month away from the kickoff of the relaunchedXFL, Vince McMahon's pro football league that failed in 2001 but is getting a second chance in 2020. XFL 2.0, however, will be operated completely different from its predecessor.
The XFL unveiled its new rules Tuesday for its relaunch of the league, which will debut on Feb. 8. The original league founded by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon lasted only one season in 2001 and promoted fewer rules and rougher play.
In the wake of the failure of the Alliance of American Football (AAF), and with the recent shutdown of the Arena Football League, a familiar face has returned to the professional football scene to try and fill the void.
What seemed like a football wasteland just a few years ago, Los Angeles is a bustling football market once again. The NFL's Rams and Chargers returned to the city in 2016 and will share a brand new stadium starting in 2020. USC and UCLA kept LA football relevant during the '90s and 2000s and rule the college market today. Other teams that have graced the City of Angels were the Los Angeles Express (USFL, 1983-85), Los Angeles Avengers (Arena Football League, 2000-08), and Los Angeles Kiss (AFL, 2014-16).
The state of Texas loves its football. And in February, Houston will get its second active pro football franchise — the seventh team in the city's history. TheXFLmade a mistake in its ill-fated first season in 2001 by not including a Texas-based team, but that's been corrected with the establishment of the Houston Roughnecks (along with the Dallas Renegades).
The Seattle Seahawks are about to get another roommate. In addition to sharing Century Link Field with the Seattle Sounders of Major League Soccer, the Seahawks will soon share their home with another pro football team in February when the Seattle Dragons of the XFLwill take up residence in one of the loudest stadiums in the country.
When thinking about pro football in Tampa, Florida, most people point to the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers. But the city has been the home to two other professional franchises. The USFL's Tampa Bay Bandits (1983-85) launched the careers of many NFL greats, while the Arena Football League's Tampa Bay Storm (1987-2017) was the summer attraction in town long before the arrival of the MLB's Devil Rays in 1998.
St. Louis has had an interesting relationship with pro football. In 1960 the NFL's Chicago Cardinals moved to the Gateway to the West, where they stayed until 1987. After just three playoff appearances (1974, '75, '82) during those 28 seasons, the team moved west again, where they have been known as the Arizona Cardinals since 1988. St. Louis wouldn't see the NFL again until 1995 when the Los Angeles Rams came to town. From 1995 until 2015, the franchise enjoyed some of its greatest success.
When Vince McMahon announced two years ago that he was relaunching theXFL in 2020, it was pretty much a foregone conclusion that New York City would have a team. After all, the New York/New Jersey Hitmen were considered the first XFL's charter franchise back in 2001, Madison Square Garden is the de-facto home for McMahon's World Wrestling Entertainment, and McMahon has had other business interests in the city through the years.