Los Angeles, New York among eight cities in new XFL

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MetLife Stadium (Giants and Jets), Raymond James Stadium (Buccaneers), StubHub Center (Chargers) and CenturyLink Field (Seahawks) will see XFL action. It folded back in 2001 after a number of problems and not receiving almost the amount of attention or achieving the popularity levels that Vince McMahon thought it would.

So will this new XFL succeed?

Commissioner and chief executive Oliver Luck said there also will be franchises in the New York-New Jersey metropolitan area, Los Angeles, Dallas, Houston, Seattle, Tampa and Washington, D.C., when the league kicks off the weekend of February 8-9. The team's name was not announced. It featured Erik Moses, senior vice president and managing director of Events DC, speaking on behalf of the District.

But McMahon's XFL is said to be buttressed by US$100-milllion of his own money, and Luck said it is funded for a five-year plan that will give it time to grow. A rival startup promotion called the Alliance of American Football will begin play in 2019.

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"The XFL is being built for fans and built to last". Vince spoke of the use of digital and social media. "But what has not changed is the love of football". After claiming they've learned from their mistakes, Vince McMahon and Commissioner Oliver Luck have re-founded the league and awarded eight franchises.

Luck handled most of the announcement and spoke about the league's efforts to design a faster-paced version of football, with fewer timeouts and more "meaningful action". Luck spoke about former players, coaches, and medical professionals about modifying the game so that it's familiar yet unique. The XFL has locked in major former National Football League executives, and in the first quarter of 2019, they will identify team presidents and key players, including Doug Flutie.

"Hundreds of players are cut every year from National Football League teams", Luck said in front of press and owners.

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