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It has been officially announced that Pep Hamilton will become the XFL’s second coach and general manager, as he will oversee the untitled Washington D.C. XFL team. This comes just a couple of weeks after the announcement that Bob Stoops will be head coach and general manager of the Dallas franchise.

In a statement, Hamilton said, “I’m excited to join the XFL and lead the team in Washington, a city with which I have a lifelong attachment. I appreciate the confidence Vince McMahon and Oliver Luck have in me, providing an opportunity to be the head coach and placing the football operations of their Washington team in my hands. We plan to put together a terrific, hard-working staff, and a great football team for fans in and around our nation’s capital.”

Hamilton has worked with the Browns, Colts, Bears, 49ers, and Jets, as well as Michigan, Stanford, and Howard University’s football teams. This will mark his first job head coaching a team.

The six cities that have yet to determine a head coach for their XFL teams are:

* Houston, Texas
* Los Angeles, California
* New York
* St. Louis, Missouri
* Seattle, Washington
* Tampa Bay, Florida

Vince McMahon is scheduled to relaunch the XFL in 2020 on Saturday, February 8 and Sunday, February 9, the weekend following the NFL’s Super Bowl.

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Vince McMahon’s XFL announced today that Bob Stoops will be the Head Coach & General Manager of the Dallas team.

Stoops was the Head Coach for the University of Oklahoma’s football team from 1999 until his retirement in 2017. He held other positions with Kent State University, Kansas State University, the University of Iowa and the University of Florida before going to work with Oklahoma. Stoops also played as a defensive back for Iowa from 1979-1982.

Stoops, who received the Walter Camp Coach of the Year Award in 2000 and 2003, has an overall coaching record of 190 wins and 48 losses. He is 9-9 in Bowl games. Stoops led the Oklahoma Sooners to an Orange Bowl victory and a national championship in 2000.

WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross, a longtime supporter of the Sooners, noted on Twitter that Stoops is one of his best friends.

Stoops is coming out of retirement to coach the XFL Dallas franchise for the relaunch season next year. Several sports journalists have praised the hire with Arash Markazi of the Los Angeles Times calling it a “big get” for the league.

The XFL noted on Twitter that coaches for the other 7 teams will be introduced “very soon.” It’s believed that team mascots, colors and other details will start rolling out once the coaches have been confirmed.

The relaunch season for the XFL kicks off in 2020 on Saturday, February 8 and Sunday, February 9, the weekend following the NFL’s Super Bowl. It will feature 8 teams from Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, St. Louis, Seattle, Tampa Bay and Washington, DC.

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Vince McMahon’s XFL is scheduled to announce its first of eight head coaches this coming Thursday in Dallas, according to NBC Sports.

The XFL is making the announcement just days before The Alliance of American Football begins playing their inaugural season, which is no coincidence as the XFL needs to generate some PR buzz.

NBC reports that former Oklahoma Football coach Bob Stoops is expected to be the head coach of the Dallas franchise.

We should start hearing more announcements from the XFL as we move into the spring of 2019, including names, colors and other team specifics. It’s believed that TV deals are close to being finalized and they recently announced Jeffrey Pollack as the President & CEO.

The inaugural season kicks off in 2020 on Saturday, February 8 & Sunday, February 9, the weekend following the NFL’s Super Bowl. It will feature 8 teams from Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, St. Louis, Seattle, Tampa Bay and Washington, DC.

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According to John Ourand of Sports Business Journal, the newly revived XFL could begin airing matches on two major television networks when it kicks off in 2020.

Ourand reports that Vince McMahon’s Alpha Entertainment – XFL’s operators – are “deep in discussions” with both Fox and ESPN. The respective, concurrent deals would result in two thirds of the league’s games being broadcast on both Fox’s eponymous channel and Fox Sports 1, as well as ESPN and ESPN on ABC.

Over-the-top streaming service ESPN+ is not said to be part of the deal currently on the table.

SBJ expects the agreements to be concluded as early as next week, a timeframe corroborated by Dave Meltzer in the latest issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Meltzer also reports that XFL is looking to have all its head coaches in place in addition to boasting “eight star quarterbacks” by March, so each of the league’s local markets can begin the promotional drive ahead of the big launch in early 2020.

The previous doomed incarnation of the XFL lasted just a season on NBC, who cancelled the show after losing $35 million on the project.

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Vince McMahon announced the XFL’s unexpected return to widespread shock and disbelief in 2018, and while the controversial football league isn’t set to restart until February 2020, new details have emerged on how much the WWE Chairman intends on paying his top stars.

Per Dave Meltzer in this week’s Wrestling Observer Newsletter, the XFL will fork out up to $300,000 per annum for the league’s quarterbacks.

The organisation will look to attract “eight high-profile QBs” (one for each of the announced host cities) before long, and hope to have them, along with every head coach, signed by March’s end. The idea is that this will give the XFL 10 full months to advertise and get ready for the upcoming season.

As expected, this number is but a fraction of what a top NFL QB can earn, with Green Bay Packers star Aaron Rodgers pocketing a salary of $66.9 million in 2018. Therefore, it remains to be seen how McMahon’s group will compete with the world’s top American football league.

The XFL’s previous run was an unmitigated disaster. Whether the revival succeeds where it failed remains to be seen, but at least McMahon has a plan in place.

In an interview between Cheddar and XFL CEO Oliver Luck, Luck gave an update on the XFL’s progress. Below are the highlights:

* Luck explained that the XFL’s strategy is to appeal to die hard football fans, NFL season ticket holders, and people who regularly watch but don’t have football to consume during the off season. He says that they have the next year to create the most crisp, quality version of their product and to obtain players that they think will succeed.

* Luck says that they want to sign college football players that just barely don’t make the cut in to the NFL, whether it’s because they’re too small, too short, or too slow.

* He said one of their main focuses for linear success is broadcast and cable exposure. They’ll be announcing powerful partners in those fields within the next couple weeks.

* Luck said, with XFL as a startup, filling the stadiums and obtaining season ticket holders is the most important place to start. They plan to use the same traveling and marketing strategies that WWE uses with Wrestlemania, Raw, and SmackDown Live.

* He confirmed that fantasy leagues, betting, and mobile wagering will all be available through the XFL, likely through a platform they’ll supply.

* Luck said the XFL will be a more up-tempo, physical game of football and they will be modifying upwards of a dozen rules, a few of them being major deviations from the current NFL rule book.

The XFL has begun its hiring process ahead of its 2020 revival.

Those interested in coaching, playing, or being employed as an agent in Vince McMahon’s football league can submit a job application through LinkedIn. Candidates must answer why they’re passionate about working for the XFL and provide links or information about their social media presence.

The applications don’t list a starting salary, but Mike Florio of Pro Football Talkreported in August that XFL commissioner Oliver Luck told NFL agents that “(e)xceptional players” will have the opportunity to earn more than $200,000 per season.