Back in 2001, as the NFL season came to a close, die-hard football fans were given a new hope: a new American football league was being launched to keep them occupied in between NFL seasons. In a joint effort between the WWE and NBC Sports, their goal was to create a new league whose season would fill in the gap between NFL seasons, so that football enthusiasts would never have to be starved of their favorite sport again.
But it only lasted one single season. Until now.
In 2017, ESPN produced a documentary on the first attempt at this alternative football league, called This Was the XFL. In it, the founder Vince McMahon discussed interest in and talks of pursuing a revival – and he wasn’t afraid to address the failures of the first version that would need to be remedied in order for the second version to see any success; things that, as he described, would make it more relevant to the modern standing of football culture.
And now, the XFL will officially come back for another round next year – and hopefully this time it’ll stick. Just as the original XFL did, this league will have 8 different teams, all of which will be owned and run by the league itself. The season is set to begin shortly after the Super Bowl and run for ten games.
On top of taking advantage of the NFL off-season, the priorities of the XFL are to reform certain issues that many fans criticize, but that the NFL struggles to change due to its longstanding and rigid traditions. They are working on modifying some rules for a simpler, more intense play compared to those in the NFL. They also hope that the league will have fewer controversies in its midst, on or off the field. It will also introduce on-air innovations such as Skycams, placing microphones on players, and in-game interviews with players.
On August 15, 2019, the league signed its first player, quarterback Landry Jones. By August 21, 2019, it revealed team names and logos, as follows: