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Houston Could Soon Be Home to an XFL Team for 2020 Season

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The now revived XFL football league is accepting proposals from new host cities for future teams, and Houston is one of 30 which has been invited to submit. The potential to become a franchise city for Vince McMahon’s (WWE Chairman) football league brings with it the opportunity to host games at either the University of Houston’s TDECU Stadium or BBVA Compass Stadium. CEO of the Harris County Houston Sports Authority, Janis Burke, has also stated that the group is presently awaiting word on NRG Stadium as a possible site as well, pending determination of commitments it has made to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.

The XFL is a joint venture which is owned by NBC and WWE, having played one season back in 2001. McMahon made the announcement earlier this year that the league would return in either January or February of 2020 for what is anticipated as a 10-week regular season with the addition of two playoff rounds. “We were thrilled to be included and feel that our region would be a good fit since football is king in Texas and Houston fans are second to none in the nation,” Burke explained.

Houston Could Soon Be Home to an XFL Team for 2020 Season

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Oliver Luck is a former Oilers quarterback and former director of the Harris County Houston Sports Authority, as well as a current NCAA executive. Luck has recently been announced as the XFL commissioner and CEO. He stated that the league is currently “…considering a regional plan in which an XFL team in Florida, Texas or California would have first shot at players from those states,” mentioning also that they need to know first where the eight inaugural franchises will be located.

As it was designed for the original 2001 season, all eight XFL teams will be owned and operated by the league. Luck noted that one of his initial hurdles will be “reimagining” football into a more fan and viewer-friendly package. “People love football – running, passing, kicking, scoring points and having fourth-down stops – but there is a way to look at the way the game has … developed and try to reimagine it for a generation that, quite honestly, isn’t tuning in as much as we would like to have them tune in,” he said. He also stated that the XFL will not be competing with the NFL and is expected to play its regular season in the early portion of the year.