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August 23, 2019
Vince McMahon and Alpha Entertainment LLC announced the team names ahead of the 2020 reboot of the professional football league.
The XFL will have a 10-week season beginning play Feb. 8, 2020 – the week after Super Bowl 54.
McMahon is expecting to spend $500 million to back that up. He sold $100 million in WWE stock to help finance the new league.
Disney-owned ABC, ESPN and ESPN2, along with Fox, FS1 and FS2, will televise XFL games.
McMahon has promised to keep the focus on football this time around. According to the league, it aims to be “faster, with more plays, less stall, fewer interruptions and no gimmicks.”
“We’re sifting through the thousands of suggestions and recommendations we’ve received from fans, players, coaches and experts on ways to improve the game. Bottom line: every element of the game is under review to see where we can make improvements. We are already field-testing each potential change and if we approve it, you will see it. If not, it’s trash.”
The league has announced the team names and logos.
Front Office Information
Dallas Renegades, Coach/GM: Bob Stoops
Houston Roughnecks, Coach/GM: June Jones
LA Wildcats, Coach/GM: Winston Moss
New York Guardians, Coach/GM: Kevin Gilbride
St. Louis Battlehawks, Coach/GM: Jonathan Hayes
Seattle Dragons, Coach/GM: Jim Zorn
Tampa Bay Vipers, Coach/GM: Marc Trestman
D.C Defenders, Coach/GM: Pep Hamilton
Landry Jones made history on Aug. 15 by becoming the first player to sign with the new XFL. The former University of Oklahoma standout and Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback will play for one of the XFL’s eight teams.
XFL Commissioner and CEO Oliver Luck this week will start to invite an exclusive list of top free-agent players to be part of the league’s first draft pool.
“Extending invitations to our draft process marks the next step on an extraordinary football journey,” said Luck. “Many of the outstanding athletes who receive a Commissioner’s Invitation will be among the first to take the field in our new league, proudly representing their fans and their communities. I am delighted to offer them this exciting opportunity.”
Grady Raskin, most recently Vice President of Corporate Partnerships for the NHL Dallas Stars, has been named President of the XFL team in his native Dallas.
The Dallas XFL team will take the field in February 2020 for its inaugural season and play its home games at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas. Bob Stoops is the team’s head coach and general manager.
Raskin will be responsible for the team’s fan engagement and business operations, including ticket sales, corporate partnerships, marketing, content, communications, community relations, and game day experience.
The XFL today announced that St. Louis native Kurt Hunzeker, most recently the Vice President of Marketing Strategy and Research for Minor League Baseball (MiLB), has been named President of the XFL football team in St. Louis.
The St. Louis XFL team will take the field in February 2020 for its inaugural season and play its home games at The Dome at America’s Center. Jonathan Hayes is the team’s head coach and general manager.
Hunzeker, a University of Missouri graduate, will be responsible for the team’s fan engagement and business operations, including ticket sales, corporate partnerships, marketing, content, communications, community relations, and the game day experience.
Fred Harner, most recently Vice President and General Manager of Digital Media at SportsNet New York, has been named Senior Vice President of Content and Media.
In his new position, Harner will lead the XFL’s content strategy and all digital and social media initiatives for the league and its eight teams. He will also work closely with the XFL’s broadcast partners ESPN and FOX Sports to help drive tune-in and fan engagement, and manage the development of new programming initiatives.