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Eli Kayser, Editor

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After a 19 year hiatus, the ill-fated XFL will be making its return this weekend. Headed by WWF guru Vince McMahon, the ten week season and two week postseason will be between eight teams split between east and west divisions. The eight teams will be the: Dallas Renegades, DC Defenders, Houston Roughnecks, LA Wildcats, NY Guardians, St. Louis Battlehawks, Seattle Dragons, and Tampa Bay Vipers. There is also a “Team 9”, which is a farm team/practice squad for the teams, which is located in Arlington.

The original XFL lasted only one year, in 2001, and could not compete with the NFL. There was a lack of talent in the league, and because of this ratings dropped significantly after a strong start. The new league is hoping to change this with better TV deals from Fox, ABC, and ESPN.

There are a lot of different rules in the XFL as opposed to the NFL as well. After a touchdown, there won’t be any extra points. Instead the team will get a chance at a one, two, or three point play depending on the position of the ball. Another difference is that teams will get to throw two forward passes, as long as the ball doesn’t cross the line of scrimmage the first pass attempt. One final change is that in overtime, the teams will participate in a five-round shootout.

Could the XFL be a total failure like its prior-self, or will it be a success? Either way, it will never be able to compete with a league that has as much support and as long-lived as the NFL. For any other info, visit the XFL site.