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The XFL announced Wednesday the eight cities that will field teams when the league launches in 2020.

Seven of the eight cities already have an NFL franchise, with St. Louis being the lone exception:

  • Dallas
  • Houston
  • Los Angeles
  • New York
  • Seattle
  • St. Louis
  • Tampa
  • Washington D.C.

The XFL will test for performance-enhancing drugs, said commissioner Oliver Luck, according to Darren Rovell of Action Network.

Luck added the league will emphasize pace of play and feature a shorter play clock than the 40-second timer used by the NFL, according to Adam Silverstein of CBS Sports.

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The slow leak to Wednesday’s official announcement of where the XFL’s eight franchises will be continued on Thursday.

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According to a source in , the city of Seattle will be home to one of 8 XFL teams, to be announced by the @xfl2020 on December 5th, 2018. @FOXSports @espn @YahooSports @FanSided @barstoolsports @CBSSports @NBCSports @BleacherReport @PTI @alphaentllc

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It was reported that Seattle will play host to one of the teams. Previously, a St. Louis Sports Director has reported the city would have one of the teams.

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The XFL will announce the eight cities and venues for their inaugural 2020 season next Wednesday at MetLife Stadium.

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Next week’s press conference will be at MetLife Stadium, which leads one to believe it could be a home for another team. The first incarnation of the league in 2001 saw the New York/New Jersey Hitmen play in the league created by WWE boss Vince McMahon.

The XFL will stream the press conference on the league’s website and social media accounts at noon Eastern time.

The eight teams in the original XFL played in New York/New Jersey, Los Angeles, Memphis, Orlando, Birmingham, Chicago, Las Vegas and San Francisco.

The Los Angeles team won the championship over San Francisco.

The XFL will be bringing a team to St. Louis for its revival in 2020, according to a report by KSDK. It was noted that the remaining seven cities receiving teams will be announced next week.

St. Louis was the home of the Rams before the team moved to Los Angeles at the end of the 2015 NFL season.

According to the report, the new St. Louis XFL team will play 10 games in its inaugural 2020 season, with five of them being held at the Dome at America’s Center.

The XFL is scheduled to launch in 2020 with the league owning all eight teams. An SEC filing this past May revealed that WWE is a minority owner for the league. Vince McMahon sold $100 million worth of WWE stock back in December to help launch the parent company of the league, Alpha Entertainment, and told insiders that he expected to spend an estimated $500 million in the first three years of operations.

Bret Hart worked for Vince McMahon and Company for thirteen years before leaving after the Montreal Screwjob in 1997. He comes from a famous pro wrestling family, so Hart knows how pro wrestlers are treated when compared to other athletes and employees in the office. Hart recently spoke to CBS’ In This Corner podcast about how he believes WWE should treat their Superstars.

“Employees who work for WWF they have better benefits than the wrestlers do. The ones they should take care of is the wrestlers. They still don’t take care of the wrestlers the way they should. I think that’s a real shame.”

Hart then compared another business Vince McMahon has a hand in with how WWE treats their Superstars. While comparing them to cattle, The Hitman said the XFL is being paid for by the pro wrestling industry before saying XFL players are likely to get taken care of much better than WWE Superstars.

“They’re gonna put millions of dollars into the XFL, another one,” Hart continued. “We all know that’s being paid for by the wrestlers, by the wrestling industry. But none of that is gonna filter down to any of the wrestlers. That’s gonna filter down to a bunch of football players being padded with football contracts and they’re gonna have special doctors and they’ll get all the things the wrestlers never got.

“They will be treated like the finest cattle you know animals, you know the treatment they will get is heads and tails above what the wrestlers will get. The wrestlers will get chicken feed at the bottom. If they get injured, they get sent off. It’s a very cut and dry world in pro wrestling.”

Before launching his own professional football league, WWE chairman Vince McMahon was apparently interested in purchasing an NFL team.

On a recent episode of the “Something To Wrestle With” podcast, former WWE producer Bruce Pritchard discussed rumors that McMahon considered buying the Minnesota Vikings when the team was put up for sale in 1998.

“We didn’t know what the hell he was talking about really at first,” Prichard said (starts at the 35-minute mark of the podcast). “More than anything it was a publicity stunt, because they were floating out there that the Vikings were up for sale and Vince floated it out there that he was interested in it.

“And I dare say that had the price been right, he might’ve even bought the damn thing for publicity purposes to say, ‘OK, the WWF just bought the Minnesota Vikings and Vince McMahon is now entering the football arena.’ So it worked, got people talking.”

McMahon launched the XFL in 1999, which led to the league’s lone season in 2001. The second iteration of the XFL is set to begin play in February 2020, and will reportedly cost McMahon close to $500 million over the first three years.

It appears the new version of the XFL is going to be an expensive venture for Vince McMahon, as according to ESPN’s Darren Rovell, the WWE chairman has told insiders he expects to spend close to $500 million in the league’s first three seasons.

McMahon sold $100 million in WWE stock to begin the funding of the league through his company Alpha Entertainment, but it appears his investment in the XFL will be much higher than that.

“People were focused on the $100 million, but the truth is that doesn’t even get us to the 20-yard line,” XFL commissioner and CEO Oliver Luck told ESPN.

The average salaries for the 40-man rosters will be approximately $75,000, with top names making significantly more than that. That’s much higher than the $45,000 average McMahon and NBC paid players in his first version of the XFL.

One of the reasons for the high costs is the league insurance policy to cover player injury, something Luck said McMahon secured before he announced the target date for the new league.

The XFL is slated to begin play in February 2020.

XFL commissioner Oliver Luck said Tuesday the league will make players stand for the Star Spangled Banner, reinforcing the message founder Vince McMahon conveyed in January.

“We respect individual freedoms, but we will require our players to stand for the national anthem,” Luck told Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report shortly after he was announced as the league’s new commissioner and chief operating officer.

The XFL, which existed for one season in 2001, is set to relaunch in 2020. Upon announcing the league’s revival on Jan. 25, McMahon said its employees wouldn’t be permitted to make political statements while on the job.

“People don’t want social and political issues coming into play when they are trying to be entertained,” he said. “We want someone who wants to take a knee to do their version of that on their personal time.”

At the time, McMahon refrained from guaranteeing players would be forced to stand for the anthem. He did, however, note that standing for the anthem “would be appropriate.”