As Vince McMahon productions go today’s announcement of the 2020 reboot of the XFL was very low key. It was not at all like the over the top announcement of the first incarnation of the upstart league back in 2001.
“After months of research and consideration, we’re thrilled to announce the cities and venues of the XFL’s eight inaugural teams,” Luck said today at a press conference at Met Life Stadium in New Jersey. “We are committed to being ingrained in the local community and extremely fortunate that our teams will have world-class facilities to call home.”
Luck announced that Tampa Bay will host a new franchise at Raymond James Stadium.
At Met Life to welcome the new franchise to town was not an owner or sports hero but a member of the Hillsborough County Commission.
“You cannot have chosen a community that is more football-centric, with Tampa Bay being a proven winner in hosting major sporting events and sports franchises,” Hillsborough County Commissioner Ken Hagan said at a news conference in East Rutherford, N.J.
The other cities joining the Bay Area are St. Louis, Washington D.C, Houston, Dallas, Seattle, and Los Angeles. Like Hagan, the other cities were represented by government officials as well as stadium representatives.
Here are the teams, and where they’ll be playing (notice some of these venues are soccer stadiums).
Dallas Globe Life Park
Washington, D.C. Audi Field
Seattle CenturyLink Field
St. Louis The Dome at America’s Center
Houston TDECU Stadium
Los Angeles StubHub Center
Tampa Bay Raymond James Stadium
New York MetLife Stadium
There is not yet a TV deal in place but look for a combination of a traditional broadcast partner along with a streaming outlet. That is something McMahon has done successfully with the WWE.
Meanwhile, today the XFL eight were announced but the XFL already is looking to expand to other cities. According to Forbes, at least another ten cities are in the XFL expansion book.
Remember this league will be owned by McMahon and like Major League Soccer the league will have control over the franchises. So, while we know Tampa Bay is part of the XFL future and we need to know more about the team name, the ownership, and a few other details.
So, the devil is still in the details, and there are plenty of details still to be announced.