The XFL 2020 season may have been cut short, but the future of the league is looking bright.
The reboot of the XFL proved to be successful as many players became a household name and quite a few performed so well that the NFL may come calling this fall.
XFL will return in 2021
The XFL has promised they will return in 2021. That’s the good news. Here’s the better news – the league is already looking into not only making the game better but also considering expansion into two additional markets as well.
One year ago fans weren’t sure what the XFL would be like.
Now, after being introduced to players like PJ Walker, Jordan Ta’amu and Josh Johnson, watching teams go for three-point conversion attempts after a touchdown, and the original style of kickoffs following each score, it is safe to say the XFL has staying power.
The fans didn’t disappoint either.
They came out in droves through the first five weeks of action. The TV ratings were also better than expected.
The league that failed after one season back in 2001 is now turning the page and already can’t wait to get things going next season.
Atlanta, Chicago as new city sites?
With things moving in the right direction for the XFL, is it time to expand?
Several cities, including Birmingham, Alabama, and Boston, Massachusetts have made it known that they would love to have a team in their city.
According to one XFL insider, the league may already have their eyes on two major cities for 2021.
As I reported earlier, XFL 2021 has been confirmed & planning has already begun.
Executives are currently looking at/discussing expansion (1 yr early), believing 1 way to keep fans’ interest is to add new teams/cities.
Currently, Atlanta & Chicago are the top choices.
— Danny Jones – XFL News (@DannyJonesXFL) March 14, 2020
It seems Atlanta and Chicago might be the XFL’s top choices for expansion at the moment.
Chicago had a team back in 2001, however, Atlanta did not. They are both major markets and both have a huge football fan base. So these two choices do seem to make sense.
However other cities in smaller markets may be able to draw just as well – if not better.
Cities like Omaha, Nebraska and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma should also get some consideration.
Neither has a pro football team but they have some serious football fans.
The Huskers and Sooners always draw well, and so do the OSU Cowboys, and in cities that are sports deprived at the professional level, the XFL could thrive.
Just something to keep in mind.
No matter where they decide to expand, the good news for XFL fans is that the game looks to be here to stay for a while.