Seattle awarded new XFL team to play at CenturyLink Field

Mae Harvey
December 7, 2018

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The XFL has unveiled the cities and venues for its eight-team league that will debut in 2020, the league announced Wednesday. (Shanna Lockwood-USA TODAY Sports) The XFL's Washington D.C. franchise will play its games at Audi Field.

Los Angeles, the New York-New Jersey metropolitan area and Dallas were among the eight cities and venues chosen to be the home sites when the XFL launches its inaugural season in February 2020. NBC had previously agreed to two seasons for the first run of the XFL in 2001 before backing out of the second year in response to declining ratings.

The refurbished XFL falls under the auspices of McMahon's Alpha Entertainment. Luck said they want more in-game rhythm and flow, and he also spoke about safety precautions. It opened with the Governor of New Jersey, who introduced Vince McMahon. The league is to be considered a complement to the NFL rather than a competitor, designed and sold as a way to give football fans year-round entertainment.

"The XFL will offer fast-paced games with fewer play stoppages and simpler rules", the league said in a news release. The XFL will target players who are cut from 90-man National Football League rosters at the end of training camp and have its first supplemental draft in the early fall of 2019. In October, XFL Commissioner Oliver Luck said the league had no plans to resurrect original team names and identities.

Luck said the biggest expense for the league will be paying the players and coaches, with the average salary of the 40-man rosters expected to be around $75,000. Ticket prices will be "significantly lower" than other US professional sports leagues, he added.

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