All eight XFL cities and venues were announced today at a press conference at Met Life Stadium. Here is a recap of what was said at the press conference:
The press conference was kicked off by Philip Murphy, the Governor of New Jersey.
Murphy announced that New Jersey would be one of the eight cites for the XFL revival in 2020 and the games will take place at Met Life Stadium. Murphy introduced Vince Mcmahon.
McMahon thanked the media and the partner cities in attendance. He said the original XFL was 20 years ahead of its time and so much has changed. McMahon said there's a long-term financial commitment for the league and there is a clamoring for live sports entertainment events than ever before.
McMahon said there will be more innovative and exciting play. Kickoff will be on the weekend of February 8th and 9th, 2020.
McMahon mentioned social media and the technological changes since the original league. He introduced XFL Commissioner Oliver Luck.
Luck said the league will have fewer stoppages, ie less stall and more ball. They also want to focus on player health and safety. The XFL wants to "compliment" fall football. He noted that they've had meetings with the NFL and other leagues, former players and officials.
Luck said the "football reimagined" committee was formed with various professionals to figure out how to tweak the game to make it familiar and distinctive at the same time.
They are focusing on shorter games (less than 3 hours), changes to rules with changes to punts, extra points, and more. They want more in-game rhythm and flow by limiting game timeouts and TV timeouts. They are establishing health and wellness policies with a health board.
Luck said they are working with players in Mississippi so they can test out some of their ideas. There are plans to test their ideas in Texas this spring.
Luck said they want the XFL to be affordable for families and they are working on lower ticket prices. They want fans to have access to players and coaches.
Luck said an XFL app is being developed. The players will get insurance coverage. Luck said players will be tested for PED's and players will get competitive salaries.
Luck mentioned some of the front office hires and they are on their way towards finding team coaches and presidents. The goal is to announce them in the first quarter of 2019.
Luck says they will look for the best coaches and players available and most of them will have college and NFL experience. He mentioned the hundreds of players that get cut from the NFL and they will be invited to try out for the XFL.
They are a proponent of legal and safe gambling on the game. Luck said they are confident that game will be available on multiple platforms when they launch in 2020.
Luck said more than 30 cities expressed interest in hosting XFL teams. He said the goal was to establish a true partnership with cities instead of just renting a building.
Luck officially announced the following cities for the 2020 relaunch:
New York/New Jersey (Met Life Stadium)
Dallas (Globe Life Park)
Houston (TDECU Stadium)
Los Angeles (Stub Hub Center)
St. Louis (The Dome @ America's Center)
Seattle (CenturyLink Field)
Tampa Bay (Raymond James Stadium)
Washington, DC (Audi Field)
Luck said fans can go to XFL.com to put a deposit on season tickets. Team names, logos, colors, and players will be announced in the coming weeks and months.
Watch the entire press conference below: