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As the XFL’s reinsurance continues, several people in the business world are taking notice. LinkedIn ranked the XFL 22nd in its Top Startups of 2019 list. 

Discussing the 50 hottest brands, LinkedIn’s Senior Editor at Large Jessi Hempel discussed how the list was formed. Using over 645 million LinkedIn members and their actions, the company collected information based off of employee growth, jobseeker interest, member engagement with the company and its employees and how well the startups pulled talent from LinkedIm’s Top Companies list. 

“The annual Top Start-ups list is a reflection of how work is changing, what new industries are emerging and rapidly growing, and where people want to work now,” Hempel stated. “Over 11,000 positions were filled at the Top Startups over the last year, and there are thousands of open jobs available at the companies right now.”

Regarding the XFL, they have over 130 employees and continue to grow. Here is what Jessi had to say about the football league: 

“Vince McMahon, best known as chairman of WWE, is personally funding a relaunch of the XFL, a professional football league seeking to reimagine the game on and off the field by making the game faster and fan focused. The eight inaugural teams, all owned by the XFL directly, will kick off in February 2020. In preparation, the company is looking to hire more than 50 social media editors, marketing directors and community managers.”

With the eight teams officially named, the XFL is looking to finish up its talent search before the season starts. The XFL Player Draft will be taking place in October, with each of the eight teams being allowed to draft 70 players. Those players who accept an invitation must sign a HIPAA release form while also consenting to and clearing a background check. Following the draft, every player must pass a medical examination and drug test.

The relaunched XFL season is expected to start in February of 2020, the weekend after the Super Bowl.

We are one step closer to the return of the XFL. Vince McMahon’s answer to the NFL has slowly started to gain some traction. With all eight teams and their locations set, along with several players already garnering interest, the only question remaining was simple: what are the names of the teams going to be?

After teasing fans with a few tweets, the XFL announced all the details on their media accounts today (Wednesday) at 12:30 p.m. ET. 

“The XFL is about football and fun, and our team identities are intended to signify just that,” XFL President and COO Jeffrey Pollack stated in a press release. “Now it’s up to our fans and players to help write the story. What happens on the field and in the community, in the years ahead, will determine the true spirit of each team.”

The following names and descriptions of said names have been announced: 

* St. Louis BattleHawks – Winged warriors. Preparing for flight. Preparing to fight. Their mission: create chaos. Their mandate: win at all costs. Cleared to engage February 2020: The St. Louis BattleHawks.

* Tampa Bay Vipers – Hunters by instinct. Cold-blooded by nature. Luring all who challenge them into the jaws of defeat. Ready to strike February 2020: The Tampa Bay Vipers.

* New York Guardians – Watchdogs over the metropolis. They are the first line of defense, and there is no need for a second. On duty February 2020: The New York Guardians.

* Seattle Dragons – Relentless, ruthless, ravenous. Not of mythology, but of muscle and might. Breathing fire February 2020: The Seattle Dragons.

* Los Angeles Wildcats – This is prime time meets primal instinct. This is showtime with a snarl. This is our time to roar. Unleashed February 2020: The Los Angeles Wildcats.

* DC Defenders – One quest. One purpose. One resolve. Seeking glory through grit. Victory through valor. Taking their stand February 2020: The DC Defenders.

* Houston Roughnecks – Mercenaries in the muck. Brawlers in blackened dirt.The scratching, grinding, never-bending few. Going to work for you February 2020: The Houston Roughnecks.

* Dallas Renegades – Deep in the heart of Texas beats a different kind of pulse. A swagger that can’t be denied. This is hell on wheels, between hash marks. Raising hell February 2020: The Dallas Renegades.

The relaunch of the XFL is upon us, and there is some idea of the direction the league will be going in. We know the coaching staff, a few of the players and the cities the league will be presented in. What we didn’t know were the names and logos of the team. 

This Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. ET, the XFL will reveal the identities of the eight teams along with the logos. In a press release, it was announced that the announcement will be simulcasted live on XFL.com, ESPN.com and various ESPN, FOX Sports and XFL social media platforms. XFL Commissioner Oliver Luck will host the presentation along with ESPN host Laura Rutledge and FOX Sports host Colin Cowherd. 

Over the past few days, the XFL’s social media accounts have been teasing what the logos may look like for each team. Now, we will get a true answer to what the eight teams will be called. 

The relaunched XFL season is expected to start in February of 2020, the weekend after the Super Bowl.

When the XFL announced they signed quarterback Landry Jones as their first player, there was some buzz in the air. After all, Jones was considered the future of the Pittsburgh Steelers at one point. It appears they have signed their second high-profile quarterback in Ryan Mallett. 

The former third-round pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, Mallett was picked up by the New England Patriots. Mallett went on Instagram to state he has accepted the Commissioner’s Invitation by Oliver Luck. 

“Well let’s go then. @xfl #beenhungryforit”

Drafted by the New England Patriots in the third round of the 2011 NFL Draft, the former Arkansas Razorback threw 69 touchdown passes and had 8,385 yards thrown to his name in college. When he was drafted by the Patriots, it was the first sign they needed QB help since the 1993 Draft. Primarily used as a second and third-string QB, Mallett was traded to the Houston Texans in 2014 for a conditional sixth-round pick. After being released by the team in 2015, he signed with the Baltimore Ravens. He signed a one-year extension with the team in 2017 but suffered a concussion in week eight. 

In total, Mallett threw for 1,835 yards and nine touchdown passes. His career-high in both was in 2015 when he threw for 770 yards with three touchdowns. Given another chance to succeed, Mallett impressed during the Summer Showcase tryouts. 

The XFL Player Draft will be taking place in October, with each of the eight teams being allowed to draft 70 players. Those players who accept an invitation must sign a HIPAA release form while also consenting to and clearing a background check. Following the draft, every player must pass a medical examination and drug test.

The relaunched XFL season is expected to start in February of 2020, the weekend after the Super Bowl.

The XFL has found its first recruit.

The new football league announced Thursday that it signed former Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Landry Jones.

“We’re excited to welcome Landry to the XFL as our first player and first quarterback,” said XFL commissioner and CEO Oliver Luck. “He’s an accomplished athlete with outstanding college credentials and pro experience, and his heart and desire to play football epitomizes the type of individual we want in the XFL.”

The revived XFL is set to return in 2020 under the guidance of WWE chairman Vince McMahon, who launched the first version of the league in 2001.

Jones will join seven other quarterbacks who will be selected before the league’s inaugural player draft in October by the head coaches of the eight teams.

The XFL plans to put franchises in Dallas, St. Louis, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Seattle, Tampa, and Washington D.C.

St. Louis is the only city without an NFL franchise following the Rams’ move to L.A.

Jones, an ex-Oklahoma standout, spent six seasons in the NFL. He acted as Ben Roethlisberger‘s backup for five years in Pittsburgh – starting five games from 2015-17 – before brief stints with the Jacksonville Jaguars and Oakland Raiders.

The 30-year-old also recently worked out for the Detroit Lions, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

“I’m looking forward to joining the XFL and playing the game I love,” Jones said. “I can’t wait to suit up.”

One of the first steps in the XFL’s relaunch was to find players who would fit well with the league. This past June, the XFL hosted Summer Showcase tryouts for former NFL, CFL, AAF and college stars. Now, the process is almost complete. 

XFL Commissioner and CEO Oliver Luck announced that invitations will be sent out this week for players to be a part of the league’s first draft pool. 

“We’re very excited to start this week sending out Commissioner’s Invitations to hundreds of players that we’ve identified out of thousands that we’ve looked at over the past couple of months,” Luck stated in the above video. “These young men, very talented football players, are helping us build our player draft board. This is the first step in the process of building the rosters that we will see February of 2020 when we launch.”

The XFL Player Draft will be taking place in October, with each of the eight teams being allowed to draft 70 players. Those players who accept an invitation must sign a HIPAA release form while also consenting to and clearing a background check. Following the draft, every player must pass a medical examination and drug test. 

“Extending invitations to our draft process marks the next step on an extraordinary football journey,” said Luck in a press release. “Many of the outstanding athletes who receive a Commissioner’s Invitation will be among the first to take the field in our new league, proudly representing their fans and their communities. I am delighted to offer them this exciting opportunity.”

Throughout the tryouts, players like Hakeem Nicks, Aaron Ripkowski and Christine Michael were among those to showcase their skills. Players signed will be a part of a one-year deal. 

The relaunched XFL season is expected to start in February of 2020, the weekend after the Super Bowl.

Running back Trent Richardson has played in the NFL, CFL, and AAF – now he’s trying out for the XFL, which will reboot in 2020.

Richardson has been chasing a career in football since 2012 and vows not to stop.

“I have a chip on my shoulder just to prove to myself and to keep showing myself and my kids that I’ll never give up and I’ll always follow my dream,” Richardson said in a videoafter his tryout at an XFL showcase.

The Cleveland Browns selected Richardson third overall in the 2012 NFL Draft and traded him to the Indianapolis Colts the next season. He was waived in 2015 and spent time with the Oakland Raiders and Baltimore Ravens before heading north for the CFL in 2017.

After a short stint with the Saskatchewan Roughriders, he joined the AAF’s Birmingham Iron in 2018 before the league folded earlier this year.