Los Angeles, New York among eight cities in new XFL

Football is back! St. Louis awarded XFL franchise

Football is back! St. Louis awarded XFL franchise

If you haven't heard, the XFL is making a comeback.

Former Houston Oilers quarterback Oliver Luck (father of Andrew Luck) will serve as Commissioner of the league, and was also on-hand to push the XFL's use of next generation technology, a simplification of the rules, an increased focus on player safety as well as speeding up the game overall. Like the rebooted version, the original XFL had eight teams.

The football league founded by wrestling entrepreneur Vince McMahon will be absent in several of the largest television markets: Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Boston and Atlanta.

In all, eight cities will get an XFL squad: Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Seattle, St. Louis, Tampa Bay, and Washington, D.C. The league will fully implement gambling in all states where it is legal.

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Today's big reveal fell in line with a report from last week which caught a potential leak on the XFL website, listing the phone numbers for eight league headquarters in different cities around the country. Local officials from each of the host cities will also be attendance.

New Jersey Governor Philip Murphy kicked off the press conference and confirmed that MetLife Stadium will be home to one of the XFL teams. An 80,000-seat venue like MetLife Stadium is going to be tough to fill, or even come close to filling, and tens of thousands of empty seats run the risk of making the XFL look bush league.

All of the XFL cities already have National Football League teams except for St. Louis. Vince said a lot has changed since the XFL launched 20 years ago, and he said the XFL was ahead of its time. Let us know in the comments section below.

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