The XFL starts next February but the groundwork is already happening. On Monday morning, the league announced their TV deal.
To reach a deal with two of the four major cable networks is a huge step in the right direction for the resurrected football league.
With ESPN and Fox Sports 1 airing to almost 90 million subscribers each on cable platforms and the success the now-defunct AAF was having in terms of television ratings, the XFL also has a chance to succeed.
The XFL, which is run by World Wrestling Entertainment chairman Vince McMahon is re-starting in February 2020 after only surviving one season back in 2001 due to low ratings and a reported $35 million loss by both WWE and NBC who invested $100 million combined to start the league.
There will be eight teams in the league in the following cities: Dallas, Houston, Tampa, Washington D.C., Los Angeles, New York, St. Louis and Seattle with a “farm team” based out of Orlando.
McMahon has tabbed former NFL quarterback Oliver Luck as the commissioner and has also hired former NFL and college coaches such as Bob Stoops, Mark Trestman and Pep Hamilton as head coaches for the teams.