RUTHERFORD, N.J. (February 8, 2001) – XFL Gameday,
the half-hour sports and entertainment show
that airs Saturday nights during the XFL season
at 7:30 p.m. on WNBC NewsChannel4 New York,
drew strong numbers in its debut over the weekend
prior to NBC’s XFL Game of the Week.
The first show received a 7.1 rating on Saturday
night, improving the time period from last February
by 45 percent. XFL GameDay was also the second
highest-rated sports program from the weekend
behind NBC’s XFL Game of the Week between the
New York/New Jersey HITMENÔ and the Las Vegas
Outlaws. This week, HITMEN running back Keith
Elias is a featured guest on the show.
XFL GameDay offers fans an all-access pass,
providing an unprecedented behind-the-scenes
look at all eight XFL football teams but has
a decidedly HITMEN flavor, with NY/NJ head coach
Rusty Tillman participating as a guest each
week. The HITMEN cheerleaders also play a prominent
role in the production.
Popular New York radio personalities Opie and
Anthony host the show along with WNBC’s Bruce
Beck at WWF New York in the heart of Times Square
on Wednesday nights. The show is filmed in front
of a live audience and is open to the public.
The NY/NJ HITMEN play their first home game
at Giants Stadium vs. the Birmingham Thunderbolts
this coming Sunday, February 11. Individual
game tickets are still available and are on
sale at the Continental Airlines Arena Box Office,
through Ticketmaster outlets, ticketmaster.com
and through Ticketmaster Charge-By-Phone at
201-507-8900 or 212-307-7171.