By Ian Oland
WWE’s Vince McMahon is bringing the XFL back in February 2020. On Wednesday, the football league announced its eight teams and revealed their logos.
The Dallas Renegades, Houston Roughnecks, LA Wildcats, New York Guardians, St. Louis Battle Hawks, Seattle Dragons, Tampa Bay Vipers, and the DC Defenders will all compete in the league’s second official season, 19 years after the XFL debuted and played its only season. NBC and the then WWF were forced to shutter the league after losing $35 million on their $100 million investment due to a ridiculous product (in a bad way) and poor viewership.
The Washington Capitals on Wednesday afternoon welcomed the DC Defenders to town in a tweet.
Welcome to the District, DC Defenders!
Joining the @WashingtonValor and @Redskins in town – we've got a full year of football in Washington
Best of luck, @XFLDC!#ALLCAPS | #XFL2020 pic.twitter.com/LH2B3lZLnm
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) August 21, 2019
The Capitals used the opportunity to promote the Arena Football League’s Washington Valor, which is also owned by Ted Leonsis and Monumental Sports & Entertainment. Both teams, the Defenders and Valor, will be competing with the NFL for attention from DC football fans, but intentionally schedule their seasons outside of the NFL year so they don’t go head to head.
The XFL’s big reveal happened at noon on Wednesday.
The XFL made a promotional video for the DC Defenders that has an over-the-top WWE feel.
DC Defenders: On the shoulders of giants, they stand tall. Unconquerable. Unyielding. Marching ever forward. A force united. One quest. One purpose. One resolve. Seeking glory through grit. Victory through valor. The DC Defenders. Taking their stand.
XFL Teams will have 40-man active rosters and play a 10-week season in 2020. Owner Vince McMahon said “the game will feature simplified rules for a faster pace of game that should complete in under three hours.” Rosters will consist of former college and NFL players. Games will air on ESPN and Fox.
The DC Defenders will play its home games at Audi Field, the home of the DC United. The soccer stadium has a capacity of 20,000 and will be the smallest in the XFL.
Fans interested in purchasing DC Defender merch will have their chance to buy team gear in XFL’s online store on Saturday.
Washington DC didn’t have an XFL team in the league’s first and only season in 2001.
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