The XFL is back, and a team is headed to Seattle

XFL is returning in 2020. XFL

XFL is returning in 2020. XFL

It has been rebuilt under McMahon and promises the same exciting brand of football, albeit with fewer gimmicks - which is what doomed the league last time around.

"New Jersey couldn't be happier to be one of the eight host sites for the XFL's 2020 revival season", Gov. Phil Murphy said at the news conference.

Commissioner and chief executive Oliver Luck also said there will be franchises in Houston, St. Louis, Seattle, Tampa and Washington when the league kicks off the weekend of February 8-9. The upstart football league is set to make a comeback.

Commissioner Luck emphasized that they are committed to "listening to the fans" and keeping each game well under three hours. They want fast-paced action with "more ball and less stall". He stressed a shorter play clock and a modified officiating protocol. "And our research indicates that fans want more football, and we intend to provide it to them". Players will be tested for performance-enhancing drugs.

Also, the league said tickets will have an "affordable price" but the ticket price range was not announced.

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As host for the XFL press conference, NY was the first city announced.

The commissioner also said that he expects most of the players to come from the large pool of guys who can't stick on an National Football League roster. Player salaries will be "very competitive", and rosters will be drawn from all available players, including those who have been cut from National Football League teams, Luck said. The league will fully implement gambling in all states where it is legal.

Team names, uniforms, and personnel won't be announced until next year.

The XFL is already reserving season tickets for their return season on their official website which was announced during the conference held today.

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