The Orlando Rage may not come back, but the XFL certainly is!
Vince McMahon announced today plans to begin play in 2020 with eight teams, a ten game schedule and playoffs, but it was too early to say which cities would have franchises.
Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer's office tells us, although they haven't been contacted, this would certainly be an opportunity they'd be interested in discussing and possibly bringing to the City's venues.
Florida Citrus Sports was not prepared to comment.
McMahon said he envisions a league that is fan-centric and family friendly. He said the goal is have a fast paced game with fewer infractions that could be completed in two hours.
Vince McMahon is relaunching the XFL, promising a "shorter, faster-paced, family-friendly, and easier to understand" re-imagining of football. pic.twitter.com/0QCqcdjoRO— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) January 25, 2018
He also said there would be strict rules for players and coaches who want to send a message about a social issue and they need to follow them.
“There’s plenty of ways in which players and coaches can express their views. There’s Twitter, Facebook. Again, we’re here to play football,” McMahon explained.
It was in response to a reporter’s question about the kneeling by players that has occured before many NFL games this year.
McMahon also made it clear that he was looking for better quality players and those with a checkered past would not be welcome. He said that even having a DUI would disqualify someone from participating in the new XFL.
Asked if the XFL might suffer from too much football in America, McMahon said there is no football for 7 months out of the year and the XFL brand “would be a better football game than what everyone else is accustomed to.”