XFL announces eight teams, cities and stadiums for its return in 2020

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On the heels of Tuesday's NHL expansion announcement, Seattle was announced as one of the eight inaugural cities to begin play when the new XFL football league kicks off in 2020.

In October, XFL Commissioner Oliver Luck said the league had no plans to resurrect original team names and identities. Ticket prices will be "significantly lower" than other US professional sports leagues, he added.

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The eight XFL teams will be based in New York, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, St. Louis, Seattle, Tampa Bay, and Washington, D.C. Games will take place at the following venues: MetLife Stadium in New Jersey; Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas; TDECU Stadium in Houston; StubHub Center in Carson, California; The Dome at America's Center in St. Louis; CenturyLink Field in Seattle; Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay; and Audi Field in Washington. Luck said they want more in-game rhythm and flow, and he also spoke about safety precautions. They want a smooth in game flow, limiting timeouts, and simplifying rules.

It did not give details on how the league will be different than the NFL but said research is underway. After a seven-year hiatus from the National Football League, fans got another team to support when the Los Angeles Rams moved to St. Louis in 1995 and then won the Super Bowl after the 1999 season.

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So who will the eight cities joining the XFL be? Four of those stadiums are now home to NFL teams, while one is home to a Major League Baseball team, one is home to a Major League Soccer team, one his home to a college football team and one is a former home of an NFL team. Players will be tested for performance-enhancing drugs.

Powell's POV: A press conference was broadcast on the XFL social media pages.

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It's kind of hard to believe that the XFL is coming back in 2020, but with each passing day, we get a little closer to Vince McMahon's second attempt at starting a professional football league.

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