The XFL is hoping the third time really is the charm as it unveiled new homes for its teams.
The revamped league announced the cities and corresponding coaches for teams in those locations for its second relaunch.
Those cities and corresponding coaches are Arlington, Texas (Bob Stoops), Houston (Wade Phillips), Orlando (Terrell Buckley), Las Vegas (Rod Woodson), San Antonio (Hines Ward), Seattle (Jim Haslett), St. Louis (Anthony Becht), and Washington, D.C. (Reggie Barlow).
The teams’ names have yet to be announced. The season kicks off on Feb. 18, 2023.
Of the eight locations, five — Arlington, Houston, Seattle, St. Louis, and Washington, D.C. — played home to XFL franchises in the league’s original 2020 reboot.
The other three — Orlando, Las Vegas, and San Antonio — will replace teams that played in Los Angeles, New York/New Jersey, and Tampa Bay in 2020.
Notably, the newest iteration of the league features three teams based in Texas — and none based in New York, New Jersey, or California.
- Arlington will serve as the league’s football operations hub.
- Choctaw Stadium — Arlington’s home field — will also be Houston’s practice facility.
- The remaining franchises will practice on fields in the metroplex before traveling to markets for games.
The XFL will also provide a centralized performance center and host preseason training camps in Arlington.
Multiyear Deal with the Mouse
In May, the XFL struck a multiyear deal with Disney to show all 43 games on the media giant’s family of channels — including ABC, ESPN networks, and FX.
FX doesn’t regularly show live sports programming, but most recently aired UFC 242 prelims on Disney’s behalf in 2019.