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4/08/2020 8:30 pm  #1


XFL 2020

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“The XFL is Back!” 

March 20, 2018

Stamford, CT – Vince McMahon is giving it another shot, announcing the founding of a new football league to begin play in the spring of 2020.  McMahon announced the new league, a league completely independent of the NFL would be “tasked with re-imagining the game of football.”  Standing beside him were Charlie Ebersol, son of the initial XFL Co-Founder Dick Ebersol, and Brian Woods, the CEO and founder of The Spring League.

McMahon announced that the league would initially be operated as a dual entity, with all teams owned and operated by the league, under the corporate names, Alpha Entertainment LLC(McMahon) and Legendary Field Exhibitions LLC(Ebersol) as the two ownership groups have already committed 600 million dollars to the new league, enough to finance the league, according to McMahon for it’s first five seasons.  The league does plan to move towards the franchise league model starting in year two when more investors and team owners join.

Ebersol then spent considerable time outlining the major tenets of the new league, among them we highlight the following: 

-- A 12 team league to play a 14 game season from early February into May, with concluding with a 6 team playoff, and the XFL Championship game.

-- Teams, along with their coaching staffs, venues and identities will be announced over the next year, with all teams expected to have full operations ready to go for ticket sales by March of 2019 and a player draft in November of 2019.

-- Each team will be allowed to sign a Quarterback for up to $500,000 prior the initial XFL Draft.  Non-QB Player salaries are expected to average between $50,000 and $90,000, depending on position.  Each team’s General Manager would be in charge of a $4,000,000 salary cap. 

-- The league is open to allowing collegiate underclassmen to sign and enter the XFL Draft.

-- The league has already hired several members of its football operations team, including the league’s Commissioner and Chief Executive Officer, Oliver Luck, Director of Football Operations, Bill Polian, League President and Chief Operations Officer, Jeffery Pollack, Director of Officiating Mike Pereira, and Director of Player Scouting and Development, Brian Woods.

-- Woods announced that his The Spring League has been purchased by Alpha Entertainment LLC, been rebranded as XFL2 and will serve as the exclusive developmental league for the XFL. XFL2 will also be used to test experimental rule changes and as a traveling practice squad for the league. Woods also mentioned the possibility that some of the former FXFL trademarks may make a return in some fashion or another.
 

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4/08/2020 8:33 pm  #2


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“XFL Makes Big Splash with First Four Teams!” 

June 6, 2018


San Antonio, TX – XFL Commissioner Oliver Luck announced San Antonio, Washington D.C., San Diego and St. Louis as the first four cities the XFL would be invading.  Each of the four cities, announced their venue, Head Coach, Coordinators, General Manager while sharing their team identities.  Game Tickets would be going on sale immediately while uniforms and team specific merchandise wouldn't be ready until early next year.

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Charlie Ebersol and Legendary Field Exhibitions LLC were proud to announce the San Antonio Commanders!  Marvin Lewis was named as the league's first Head Coach, while Hue Jackson, Jim Grobe and Daryl Johnston were named as the Offensive Coordinator, Defensive Coordinator and General Manager respectively.  The Commanders will be playing their home games in the Alamodome.

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Vince McMahon and Alpha Entertainment LLC are proud to announce the return of football to St. Louis with the Stallions in 2020.  Johnathon Hayes will be serving as the Head Coach with Chuck Long and Jay Hayes serving as his Offensive and Defensive Coordinators.  Former St. Louis Ram great, Issac Bruce would also be joining the team as the Wide Receivers coach.  Bill Devaney would be serving as the team's General Manager and the team would be playing their home games at The Dome at America's Center.

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Next, Charlie Ebersol and Legendary Field Exhibitions LLC were proud to announce the San Diego Fleet!  The Coaching Staff was announced with Mike Martz as Head Coach, Jon Kitna as the Offensive Coordinator, Larry Marmie as the Defensive Coordinator and Dave Boller as the General Manager.  The Fleet will be playing their home games in the SDCCU stadium.

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Lastly, Vince McMahon and Alpha Entertainment LLC announced the Washington DC Defenders!  Pep Hamilton would serve as the Defenders inaugural Head Coach while Ken Zampese and Louie Cioffi would be the Offensive and Defensive Coordinators.  Randy Mueller would be the General Manger.  The Spitfire would be playing their home games at Audi Field.

“XFL Strikes Again, Land Bob Stoops” 

September 17, 2018


Dallas, TX – XFL Commissioner Oliver Luck was back at it by announcing that Seattle, Dallas, Birmingham and New York were getting XFL teams!  Much like the first four franchises, these teams would also be sharing their venues, coaching staffs, general managers and team identities today with the reveal.  Luck also announced that the league was real close to being able to announce their television deal and it would be huge.

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Vince McMahon and Alpha Entertainment LLC announced former Oklahoma Head Coach Bob Stoops as the Head Coach and General Manager for the Dallas Renegades!  Hal Mumme and Chris Woods would be serving as the Offensive and Defensive Coordinators. The Renegades would be playing their home games at the newly built Globe Life Field.

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Charlie Ebersol and Legendary Field Exhibitions LLC announced the Birmingham Iron. Mike Singletary was named as the Head Coach with Pepper Johnson and Brad Childress as the Defensive and Offensive Coordinators.  Joe Pendry would serve as the General Manager.  The Steel would be playing their home games at Legion Field.

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Vince McMahon and Alpha Entertainment LLC love making splashes and made another huge one with announcing Rex Ryan as the Head Coach and General Manager of the New York Guardians.  Kevin Gilbride and Rob Ryan would be serving as the Offensive and Defensive Coordinators.  The Guardians would be playing their home games in MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. 

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Lastly, Vince McMahon and Alpha Entertainment LLC announced the Seattle Dragons.  Former Seattle Seahawk Quarterback Jim Zorn was announced as the Head Coach.  Mike Riley was announced as the Offensive Coordinator and Winston Moss as the Defensive Coordinator.  Phil Savage would serve as the team's General Manager and the team would play their home games at CenturyLink Field.

“XFL Provide Late Christmas Presents to Last Four Cities” 

December 30, 2018


Orlando, FL – XFL Commissioner Oliver Luck announced Houston, Los Angeles, Orlando and Las Vegas as the last four cities to receive inaugural XFL teams.  These four cities would be sharing their venues, coaching staffs, general managers and team identities to conclude the process.  Luck also announced that the XFL has struck a three year television deal with ESPN(including ABC, ESPN and ESPN2), Fox Sports(including Fox, FS1 and FS2) and surprisingly the NFL Network.  The networks intend to put back to back games on each of Saturday and Sunday sandwiched between prime time games on Friday and Monday nights.   The combined deal would provide the XFL with $50M a year.

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Charlie Ebersol and Legendary Field Exhibitions LLC had a unique announcement for the city of Orlando.  They purchased the trademark rights to the Arena Football League's Orlando Predators after previous owner David A. Siegel allowed them to lapse.  Luck said when you think of Arena Football, you think of the Orlando Predators and that team means something to this city.  As if that wasn't big enough news for the city, former Florida Gator Head Coach Steve Spurrier was named for the same position with the Predators.  Darren Arbet and Kevin Coyle were named as the Offensive and Defensive Coordinators, while J.K. McKay will be the General Manager.  The Predators would be playing their homes games in Spectrum Stadium on the University of Central Florida campus.

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Vince McMahon and Alpha Entertainment LLC announced the Houston Roughnecks.  Former Houston Oilers Head Coach Bum Phillips son, and NFL great Wade Phillips was named as the Head Coach.  Ted Cottrell and Marc Trestman were named as the Defensive and Offensive Coordinators.  Will Lewis is the General Manager and the team will play their home games at TDECU Stadium.

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Vince McMahon and Alpha Entertainment LLC announced the Los Angeles Xtreme. The Xtreme would be coached by Scott Milanovich, the original XFL's Xtreme #1 overall draft pick.  Norm Chow will serve as the Offensive Coordinator while Tim Lewis will coordinate the defense.  Tim Ruskell will be the General Manager for the team and they will play their home games at Dignity Health Sports Park.

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Vince McMahon and Alpha Entertainment LLC announced the 12th and final XFL inaugural team, the Las Vegas Outlaws! The Outlaws should be explosive to watch as they will be led by June Jones as the Head Coach, Chris Miller as the Offensive Coordinator and Jerry Glanville as the Defensive Coordinator.  Scott Butera would serve as the General Manager.  The Outlaws will play their home games at Sam Boyd Stadium.

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4/08/2020 8:36 pm  #3


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“One Year Away!” 

February 8, 2019

Stamford, CT – XFL Commissioner Oliver Luck enters the room with a huge smile on his face, “One year away” he announces.  Luck said the league was ready to announce the regular season schedule for the upcoming season along with a timeline for the proceeding months.

-- Rule changes would be finalized and announced in March.

-- Brian Woods would be in charge of all 12 XFL tryouts ranging from early May to mid July.

-- Starting Quarterbacks would be signed by all 12 teams in the month of August.  Each QB would then be used to help promote the league nationally and locally.

-- The XFL announced that a partnership deal was reached with Starter as the official on-field apparel and game day merchandise supplier and with Riddell as the supplier for the league’s helmets.  Both the uniforms and helmets should be ready for release in September.

-- The XFL Draft would take place on October 15 and 16th with training camps beginning in November.  All teams would hold their training camps in Houston.

“Faster, Smarter, Better Football?” 

March 17, 2019

Stamford, CT - According to Oliver Luck, the XFL is making "more than two dozen changes" to their rulebook, which will be unveiled later this week. Among the items that will be altered are a running clock, three-tiered point-after attempts and single-play overtime possessions.

"What we did is listen to fans," XFL commissioner Oliver Luck said. "And what they told us is that they love this game, but they would like it at a little more of a faster pace and with a little more excitement. They thought there is too much idle time. We tried to listen to what they didn't want, also.  They didn't want gimmicks or things that were inauthentic. They also didn't want to be complicit when it comes to player safety. So what we wanted to do is take a great game and make it a little better."

Some of the larger rule changes will be from the special teams area of the game:

--During punts, players can't leave the line of scrimmage until after the punter kicks the ball away, so there won't be any blocks. 

-- Punts that go into the end zone or out of play will be spotted at the 35-yard line or wherever the ball lands out of bounds. The concept of fair catches and pinning the opposition down deep are being eliminated with this type of rule.

-- On point-after attempts following a touchdown a team will have three options: a one-point play from the 2-yard line, a two-point play from the 3-yard line, or a three-point play from the 10-yard line.

Like the NCAA players will only be required to have one foot in bounds to establish possession on catches. The XFL believes that will make the game easier to officiate and won't lead to long reviews.

Finally, a shootout-style overtime period will be put in place where each team will get five single-play possessions from the 5-yard line. If the game remains tied, teams will rotate possessions until someone comes away victorious. 

It appears that the XFL is trying to put out a high-octane, exciting product that football fans will gravitate towards. These rule changes should certainly make for an interesting game and could get fans to tune in early on.
 

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4/08/2020 8:37 pm  #4


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Seems like pretty good stuff so far. Are you going to be doing logos/unis for the teams?


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4/08/2020 8:46 pm  #5


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“Young League Finds Veteran Leaders” 

August 25, 2019

Stamford, CT - The XFL announced their first 12 signed players as each team went out and brought in the best veteran Quarterback to lead their squad.  Commissioner Luck stated, "We're not a developmental league for anyone.  These signings should show that.  These guys are the 12 best Quarterbacks that aren't currently in the NFL.  We will be adding younger prospects in the draft in October."

San Antonio - Tom Savage
St. Louis - Ryan Mallet
San Diego - Josh Johnson
Washington DC - Cardale Jones
Dallas - Landry Jones
Birmingham - Brandon Weeden
New York - Mark Sanchez
Seattle - Paxton Lynch
Orlando - E.J. Manuel
Houston - Brock Osweiler
Los Angeles - Connor Cook
Las Vegas - Johnny Manziel

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4/08/2020 8:49 pm  #6


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CCLXXXVII wrote:

Seems like pretty good stuff so far. Are you going to be doing logos/unis for the teams?

I'll likely use the logos that already exist from the XFL, AAF and Arena League.  However, I have sent a message to the moderators about whether or not I'll be allow to post those logos on this site.  All the helmets and uniforms I have created are new concepts I have made but they won't be allowed if the logos aren't allowed.  So time will tell.

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4/08/2020 10:14 pm  #7


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“Offensive XFL Rosters are Built” 

October 15, 2019

New York, NY - The XFL held their offensive skill position player draft in New York, NY.  Each team had fifteen selections to draft Quarterbacks, Running Backs, Wide Receivers and Tight Ends to fill out their offensive depth charts.  Notable players will be highlighted here:

San Antonio - RBs Jeremy Hill and Trey Williams, WRs Jalin Marshall, Devin Smith, Greg Ward and MeKale McKay, TE Orson Charles and QB JT Barrett
St. Louis - RBs Christine Michael and Matt Jones, WRs Kevin White, Brian Quick, De'Mornay Pierson-El and Kenny Bell, TE Marqueis Gray, and QB Jordan Ta'amu
San Diego - RBs Jay Ajayi and Brandon Oliver, WRs Kenny Britt, Martavis Bryant, Teo Redding and Malachi Jones, TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins and QB Brad Kaaya
Washington DC - RBs Donnel Pumphrey and Jhurell Pressley, WRs Leonte Carroo, Deonte Thompson, Eli Rogers and Josh Doctson, TE Khari Lee and QB Tyree Jackson
Dallas - RBs Cameron Artis-Payne and Lance Dunbar, WRs, Jazz Feguson, Jeff Badet, Jeff Janis and L'Damien Washington, TE Donald Parham and QB Dalton Sturm
Birmingham - RBs Trent Richardson and Andre Ellington, WRs Kelvin Benjamin, Arrelious Benn, Reece Horn and Austin Proehl, TE Jace Amaro and QB Luis Perez
New York - RBs Tim Cook and Andre Williams, WRs Charone Peake, DeAngelo Yancey, TJ Jones, and Tanner Gentry, TE Bucky Hodges and QB Luke Falk
Seattle - RBs Thomas Rawls and Jacquizz Rodgers, WRs Antonio Callaway, Marlon Brown, Keenan Reynolds and Marquess Wilson, TE Asante Cleveland and QB BJ Daniels
Orlando - RBs Alfred Morris and De'Veon Smith, WRs Charles Johnson, Rashad Ross, Donte Moncrief and Cameron Meredith, TE Nick O'Leary and QB Garrett Gilbert
Houston - RBs D'Onta Freeman and Alfred Blue, WRs Jaelan Strong, Roger Lewis, Terrence Wiliams and Brandon Coleman, TE Rico Gathers and QB John Wolford
Los Angeles - RBs Kenneth Farrow and David Cobb, WRs Rashad Greene, Nelson Spruce, Tre McBride and Rod Streater, TE Brandon Barnes and QB Aaron Murray
Las Vegas - RBs Robert Turbin and Darius Victor, WRs Cam Phillips, Sammie Coates, Kahlil Lewis and Nick Holley, TE Nick Truesdell and QB PJ Walker
 

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4/08/2020 11:05 pm  #8


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If Charlie actually worked with Vince instead of rushing a league and going it alone, we probably would have had a 12 team league.

Also, I can see Birmingham being a smash-mouth defensive team under Singletary and Pepper Johnson get replaced by Winston Moss as DC in Week 1.

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4/09/2020 8:42 am  #9


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ZO82 wrote:

If Charlie actually worked with Vince instead of rushing a league and going it alone, we probably would have had a 12 team league.

Also, I can see Birmingham being a smash-mouth defensive team under Singletary and Pepper Johnson get replaced by Winston Moss as DC in Week 1.

I currently have Winston Moss as the defensive coordinator for the Dragons but I know why you said that haha. Each team will definitely have their own personalities and playing style. We will have to see how the OL and Defensive drafts play out later today.

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4/09/2020 10:35 am  #10


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“XFL Drafts Lineman and Defensive Players on Day 2” 

October 16, 2019

New York, NY - The XFL held their offensive lineman and defensive player draft in New York, NY.  Each team had ten selections to draft their offensive line and then twenty draft picks to select their Defensive Lineman, Linebackers and Secondary players. Notable players will be highlighted here:

San Antonio - OL Russell Bodine, Desmond Harrison, Tyler Marz and Derwin Gray, DL Bronson Kaufausi and Robert Nkemdiche, LBs Shane Ray and Mason Foster, and DB Derron Smith and K Nick Rose
St. Louis - OL Willie Beavers, Storm Norton, Jake Campos and David Quessenberry, DL Vincent Valentine, Will Clarke, Channing Ward and Hau'oli Kikaha, LBs Paul Dawson, Dexter McCoil and Zach Vigil and DBs Will Hill, David Amerson, Kenny Robinson and Robert Nelson, P Marquette King and K Brett Maher
San Diego - OL Kyle Murphy and Ryan Pope, DL Willie Henry, Adolphus Washington and Karter Schult, LB James Vaughters and DB Shamarko Thomas and K Nick Novak
Washington DC - OL Luke Bowanko, John Greco and Vladimir Ducasse, DL Bennie Logan, LB Dominque Easley, Anthony Johnson, AJ Tarpley, and Sam Montgomery and DBs Matt Elam, Rahim Moore, Elijah Campbell, Doran Grant and EJ Gaines, P Hunter Niswander and K Younghoe Koo
Dallas - OL Vadal Alexander, Pace Murphy and Joseph Barksdale, DL Ziggy Hood and Jay Bromley, and LBs Tim Williams, Frank Alexander and Tegray Scales, DBs Josh Hawkins, Tyree Kinnel, and D'Montre Wade, and K Austin MacGinnis
Birmingham - OL Chance Warmack, Cyrus Kouandjio, Arie Kouandjio and Jylan Ware, LB Manti Teo, Jeff Luc and Nyles Morgan and DB Trevor Williams and P Jeff Locke
New York - OL Jarron Jones, Ian Silberman and Brandon Fusco, DL Cavon Walker and Ra'shede Hageman, LBs Ben Heeney, D'Juan Hines and Jayrone Elliott, and DBs Dravon Askew-Henry, Jamar Summers and Briean Boddy-Calhoun, P Brad Wing and K Cairo Santos
Seattle - OL Isiah Battle, Cyril Richardson and Josh Garnett, DL Dion Jordan, Will Sutton and Obum Gwacham, LB Steven Johnson, Korey Toomer, Scooby Wright and Marquis Flowers, DBs Channing Stribling and Jeremy Clark and K Elliott Fry
Orlando - OL Seantrel Henderson, Martez Ivey, Sam Young and Adam Bisnowaty, DL Eli Harold, Deiontez Mount, Nikita Whitlock, Jacquies Smith and Tank Carradine, and LB Terrence Garvin, DBs Keith Reaser, Cody Riggs, Tarvarus McFadden and Jalen Collins and K Andrew Franks
Houston - OL Dieugot Joseph, Avery Gennesy, and Josh LeRibeus, DL Trenton Thompson and Kony Ealy, LBs Su'a Cravens, LaTroy Lewis and Malik Jefferson, and DB Kendrick Lewis and K Sergio Castillo
Los Angeles - OL Damien Mama, Shawn Lauvao, Kahlil McKenzie, Damien Prince and Christian Westerman, DL Kenny Bigelow, Shawn Oakman, Devin Taylor and Datone Jones, LBs Ejuan Price, Victor Ochi and Taiwan Jones and DBs Harlan Miller, TJ McDonald, Ahmad Dixon, and Jack Tocho and K Giorgio Tavecchio
Las Vegas - OL TJ Johnson, Nico Siragusa and Derek Newton, DL Courtney Upshaw and LB Edmond Robinson, Deshaun Davis and DeMarquis Gates, DB Deatrick Nichols and K Johnathon Brown

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