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The XFL is a professional American football league. Consisting of eight teams divided equally between an East and West division, seasons run from February to April, with each team playing a ten-game regular season, and four progressing to the playoffs to crown a season champion.[a] The company is headquartered in Greenwich, Connecticut.

The league was founded by sports entertainment executive Vince McMahon in 2018, as a reboot and successor to the league of the same name he founded in 2001. McMahon re-founded the XFL to create a league with fewer off-field controversies and faster, simpler play compared to the National Football League (NFL), as well as one without the professional wrestling–inspired features and entertainment elements of its predecessor. The league and its teams were originally owned by McMahon's Alpha Entertainment. The teams are spread across the United States in markets currently or recently represented by an NFL franchise.[2]

After only five weeks of play in its inaugural 2020 season, the league's operations slowly came to a close due to the COVID-19 pandemic,[3] and filed for bankruptcy on April 13.[4] On August 2, 2020, actor, producer, former professional wrestler, and former defensive tackle at Miami (Florida), Dwayne Johnson and longtime business partner Dany Garcia led a consortium with Gerry Cardinale's RedBird Capital to purchase the XFL for $15 million, hours before an auction could take place.[5][6] On October 1, 2020, the league announced it would return to the field for the 2022 season, before shifting it to 2023 by July 2021. [7][8]

The original XFL ran for a single season in 2001, as a joint venture between the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) and NBC spearheaded by Vince McMahon and NBC executive Dick Ebersol. The league attempted to be a competitor to the National Football League—the predominant professional league of American football in the United States (and where NBC had lost its broadcast rights to CBS three years earlier), running during the late winter and early spring to take advantage of lingering desire for football after the end of the NFL season. It featured various modifications to the rules of football in order to increase its intensity, as well as on-air innovations such as Skycams, placing microphones on players, and in-game interviews with players. The league was criticized for relying too heavily on "sports entertainment" gimmicks similar to professional wrestling. Despite strong ratings for its first games, viewership eventually nosedived, and the league folded after the conclusion of the inaugural season.[9][10][11][12][13] Both partners lost $35 million on the XFL,[14] and McMahon eventually conceded that the league was a "colossal failure".[15][16]

In the 2017 ESPN 30 for 30 documentary This Was the XFL, McMahon openly mused about reviving the XFL, noting that changes would need to be made compared to 2001 in order to make it viable and relevant in the modern era.[17] McMahon had purchased the trademarks of the defunct United Football League and an alternative brand, "UrFL" (Your Football League), in early 2017.[18] The following year, the director of the documentary, Charlie Ebersol (son of Dick Ebersol), would go on to help form the Alliance of American Football (AAF) in 2018, hoping to beat the revived XFL in being the first to play (they did by a year).[19] While the league was able to launch in 2019, a year before the XFL's first season, it went bankrupt before its first season finished after it twice lost its major investors.[20] On December 15, 2017, Bleacher Report columnist Brad Shepard reported that McMahon was seriously considering a revival of the XFL, with an expected announcement on January 25, 2018. In a statement to Deadspin, WWE did not confirm or deny the rumors, but did state that McMahon was establishing a new company known as Alpha Entertainment, which would "explore investment opportunities across the sports and entertainment landscapes, including professional football."[10] On December 21, 2017, WWE issued a filing to the Securities and Exchange Commission, stating that McMahon had sold $100 million worth of WWE stock to fund Alpha Entertainment.[21] Alpha Entertainment is headquartered next door to WWE headquarters in Stamford, Connecticut.[22]

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