XFL selects eight cities for 2020 launch date

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McMahon and NBC first launched the XFL in February 2001.

MetLife Stadium is already home to two professional football teams - the New York Giants and New York Jets - but beginning in 2020, a third will move onto the premises.

The New York/New Jersey franchise is just one of the eight teams that will make up the conferences come 2020, being joined by Seattle, Los Angeles, Dallas, Houston, St. Louis, Tampa and Washington D.C.

It seems by placing XFL cities in famous National Football League locations, they are able to possibly capitalize on the downtime those fans might have in that market in the offseason.

XFL Commissioner and CEO Oliver Luck made the announcement at a press conference in New York Wednesday. He said it's been 20 years since the original XFL was announced, and a lot of things have changed since then. The team's name was not announced.

Each team will have 45-man rosters and seven-man practice squads.

TDECU Stadium mostly sits empty in the spring, but the XFL will keep it from being empty and should provide revenue for the University.

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McMahon, the league's founder, said he's confident the XFL will stick around this time because it has a long-term financial commitment and there is a "clamoring" from TV networks for live sports events.

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McMahon said there will be more innovative and exciting play.

Luck stressed that the XFL will be "football reimagined" with "less stall, more ball". It's a game where great attention is paid to player health and safety.

"The NFL and college football are as popular today as they've ever been, with tens of millions of fans engaging each and every week".

It did not give details on how the league will be different than the NFL but said research is underway.

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