XFL Makes Comeback: Sights and Sounds From MetLife Stadium

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The XFL is back! After a failed venture in 2001, the XFL, a subsidiary of the WWE  (WWE) - Get Report, is attempting a comeback. The Xtreme Football League is ready to kick off its 2020 season on February 8 and 9 with four games scheduled over the weekend.

The reiteration of the league promises less over-the-top entertainment and more high-quality football than was featured in the inaugural season in 2001. XFL officials say they have the resources to make the league successful this time around. 

Vince McMahon, CEO of the WWE, has promised a half-billion-dollar investment. He is hoping to capture the attention of football fans during the 6-month NFL off-season.

The New York Guardians made their season debut Sunday, February 9 when they took on the Tampa Bay Vipers. The Guardians' home field is MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ home of the NFL’s Giants and Jets. With a seating capacity of 82,500, it is the largest venue in the league.

With a variety of rules that differ from the NFL, the XFL is attempting to speed up the pace of play and encourage more action. With five gameplay innovations, five timing changes, and five common-sense rules, they are “building on traditional football while preserving its authenticity.”

The league follows a similar structure as the original XFL did in 2001 with eight teams. Unlike the NFL, where each team has a different ownership group, the teams in the XFL are centrally owned and operated by the league.

The teams will compete in a 10-game regular season and a 2-week postseason in the winter and spring months after the Super Bowl. 

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