“Less stall, more ball.” – Vince McMahon
The one-season wonder that was the XFL is coming back to life, following a renewed interest by the Extreme Football league founder, WWE’s Vince McMahon.
Alpha Entertainment, a company funded by McMahon, filed five trademarks for XFL on December 16, 2017. The rumor was confirmed on January 25, 2018 on CBS Sports where McMahon announced that the franchise would launch in 2020, “bringing the game of football back to its fans.”
The original season launched in 2001 but fizzled out once NVC pulled out of the 50/50 ownership arrangement with McMahon, bringing it to an abrupt end. This new franchise will be completely owned by McMahon, costing an estimated $100 million to launch, and will have no connection to his wrestling properties.
XFL follows a two-hour game format and a 10-game regular season. The first season had teams in Birmingham, Vegas, Los Angeles, Memphis, New York, Orlando, and San Francisco. Orlando’s team was called the “Orlando Rage.”
A new broadcast/streaming partner has yet to be announced and a list of participating cities in the new XFL has not been released. According to a recent report by the Orlando Sentinel, City officials have not spoken with the XFL but they’re interested.
Side Note: Orlando’s other football franchise, the Orlando Predators, called it quits in October, 2016.