The future of the Tampa Bay Rays may be in question, but the city of Tampa is definitely getting an XFL team. The success and longevity of that league may be in question. Its initial run in 2001 only lasted one season before disbanding.
The yet to be named Tampa team will feature 45 active roster members and play a 10-week regular season, according to a report by ESPN.
The 8 XFL cities have been announced
Eight teams toll will comprise the league. The Tampa squad will play games at Raymond James Stadium beginning in February 2020.
The league assembled a committee to “reimagine” how the game is played. It will still feature 11 vs 11 on a 100 yard field, but the XFL’s style will diminish what they describe as “idle time.”
Official rules have not been laid out yet. NFL legends John Fox and Doug Flutie were brought in as advisors to help ideate how the game would be played.
Reimagining the game of football
Vince McMahon, Chairman and CEO of WWE and owner of the XFL, promises fast paced games, no halftime, and an overall fan-centric approach. Time will tell if the appetite for a new football league is present in the Tampa Bay region.
Other host cities include New York, D.C., Los Angeles, Houston, St. Louis, Seattle and Dallas.
You can learn more about the league and reserve season tickets on the XFL website.
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