XFL announces eight teams, cities and stadiums for its return in 2020

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"Combined these markets comprise almost a quarter of the nation's population", said XFL commissioner and CEO Oliver Luck at a news conference held at New Jersey's MetLife Stadium. "It is home to two other football teams, and truth be told, it has room for a third".

"We're truly excited to have the XFL here in 2020". In all, eight cities will get an XFL squad: Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Seattle, St. Louis, Tampa Bay, and Washington, D.C. All eight teams are owned by the league.

After Dallas was announced, Neil Leibman, COO of the Texas Rangers, took to the podium to express his excitement about the incoming team.

Each team will have 45-man rosters and seven-man practice squads.

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NY and Washington are among the locations to house franchises for the competition, with their games to be held at MetLife Stadium and Audi Field respectively. He said kickoff will be on February 8, and 9 in 2020, the weekend after the Super Bowl.

The XFL folded after its lone season in 2001. Rules will be simplified and broadcasts will air fewer commercials.

Giants Stadium was home to the New York/New Jersey Hitmen of the original XFL.

This is the second go-round for the XFL, which is backed by World Wrestling Entertainment chairman Vince McMahon.

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Luck also announced plans for a shorter play clock in the XFL, while games will be played in under three hours and TV timeouts will be limited.

"The XFL is being built for fans and built to last".

"The NFL and college football are as popular today as they've ever been, with tens of millions of fans engaging each and every week". "Less stall, more ball", he said, proving again that people will proudly invent dumb slogans as long as they rhyme.

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The XFL is joining a handful of other secondary leagues - like the Alliance of American Football, Pacific Pro Football and the Arena Football League - entering the pro football market.

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