XFL announces eight teams, cities and stadiums for its return in 2020

Oliver Luck is commissioner and chief executive of the new XFL.	 Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports

Oliver Luck is commissioner and chief executive of the new XFL. Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports

Vince McMahon's XFL announced that the following cities will host teams and also announced the stadiums the teams will play in. Ticket prices will be "significantly lower" than other USA professional sports leagues, he added.

In a major announcement this afternoon, the XFL revealed all eight teams that will compete in their upcoming 2020 relaunch, as well as plenty of new details for the alternative football league. He said research indicates fans want more football, and they want to give it to them. The league will begin play on February 8, 2020, the weekend after that year's Super Bowl. They want a smooth in game flow, limiting timeouts, and simplifying rules. Seattle will be part of the revamped league, with a team playing at CenturyLink Field.

All eight XFL teams will have the same roster budget.

The XFL will play its games during the NFL's offseason and will "complement", not directly compete with the National Football League, he added.

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"We are proud to restore the River City's rightful place among pro football cities and we will not stop there", the XFL said in a statement. He also confirmed that the league will be testing for performance enhancing drugs, and is working with a world class panel of doctors and medical professionals to craft the best regulations possible.

Powell's POV: A press conference was broadcast on the XFL social media pages. The governor of New Jersey opened the event and Vince McMahon then took over, stating that the XFL was ahead of its time.

The original XFL, which promised a brand of football somehow even more violent than the NFL, lasted just one season in 2001 and cost both WWE and NBC millions of dollars.

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