Seattle among 8 cities awarded XFL team

Seattle awarded new XFL team to play at Century Link Field

XFL commissioner Oliver Luck - yes, Andrew Luck's father - said that the league put out a call for proposals in May and around 30 cities showed interest.

The league launches in early February, 2020. The team's name was not announced. Luck said they want more in-game rhythm and flow, and he also spoke about safety precautions.

"The XFL will offer fast-paced games with fewer play stoppages and simpler rules", the league said in a news release. Luck says they want to listen to fans and say they already have great ideas from them.

"After months of research and consideration, we're thrilled to announce the cities and venues of the XFL's eight inaugural teams", said Luck. He also said that the league will give fans a legal way to bet on games.

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Teams will play in New York (MetLife Stadium), Washington D.C. (Audi Field), Los Angeles (StubHub Center), Houston (TDECU Stadium), St. Louis (The Dome at America's Center), Seattle (Century Link Field), Dallas (Globe Life Park) and Tampa Bay (Raymond James Stadium). Murphy confirmed that a third football team will be utilizing the stadium when the XFL returns in 2020.

That league also has eight teams, mostly in cities that don't now host NFL teams: Birmingham, Ala., San Antonio, Orlando, and San Diego among them.

The host cities were actually leaked by the XFL last week prior to the official announcement today. The league will start with eight teams, 45-man active rosters and a 10-week regular-season schedule, with a postseason consisting of two semifinal playoff games and a championship game.

The league previously had one season in 2001.

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