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The Launch of the New XFL
Feb 11, 2020 at 02:23 AM
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The Quick Facts

  • This weekend the XFL, a winter and spring professional football league owned by WWE CEO Vince McMahon, debuted on ABC.
  • The new XFL is a successor to the original XFL, also controlled by McMahon, which ran for one season in 2001 and suffered from poor attendance and television ratings. 
  • The league will follow a similar structure as the original XFL, with eight teams competing in a ten-game season and a two-week postseason.
  • The XFL markets itself as a much faster version of the NFL, with games lasting less than 3 hours. To accomplish this it changed several NFL rules, including adding a continuous game clock, eliminating extra points after touchdowns, allowing multiple forward passes per play, and replacing overtime with a soccer-style shootout.

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Is the new XFL league off to a promising or rocky start? Is the demand high enough to make the league successful in the long run?

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Sports Illustrated

XFL debut weekend: The revamped league is off to a promising start

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UPROXX

The XFL Should Work This Time, Thanks To The Best Broadcasts In Football

Robby Kalland
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CBS Sports

XFL 2020 Week 1 takeaways: Opening week's highs and lows

Ben Kercheval
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The Washington Post

Sorry, XFL. We just don’t need more football.

Norman Chad
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