The XFL is a new football league which is
jointly owned and operated by World Wrestling
Federation Entertainment, Inc. and NBC. The XFL
will be 100 percent competitive sport – the
brand of football that hardcore football fans
haven’t seen in a long time, and the brand of
football that new fans have never seen before.
The league will connect with fans by returning
football to its roots, including fostering a
wide-open style of play and faster-paced action
while encouraging player individuality to
WHAT DOES XFL STAND FOR?
The letters XFL are not an abbreviation. The
name of the league IS NOT the Xtreme Football
WHEN WAS THE XFL FORMED?
The XFL was first announced by XFL founder Vince
McMahon on February 3, 2000, at a press
conference at the WWF New York entertainment
complex in New York City’s Times Square. NBC
became a partner on March 29, 2000.
CAN I CONTACT THE XFL?
The XFL always welcomes fan feedback. Please
feel free to e-mail any comments you may have to
Comments@XFL.com (sorry, no longer active).
CAN I WORK FOR THE XFL?
You can apply for a career at the XFL, simply by
here (sorry, no longer active). As the XFL grows and develops, we will
be seeking exceptional candidates for career –
and internship – opportunities. XFL
opportunities will include both League Office
(Stamford, CT.) and Team positions. Comments@XFL.com.
HOW IS THE XFL SEASON STRUCTURED?
The XFL season kicks off on Saturday, February
3, 2001. Each of the league’s eight teams will
play a 10-game regular season. There are no bye
weeks. Two games will be on Saturday night, one
on Sunday afternoon and one on Sunday night. The
top two teams in each division advance to the
postseason, with playoff games taking place the
weekend of April 14-15. The inaugural XFL
Championship Game, affectionately called “The
Big Game At The End,” will be played on
Saturday, April 21.
WHO ARE THE XFL TEAMS?
The XFL has eight teams divided into two,
four-team divisions. The Eastern division
includes the Birmingham Thunderbolts, Chicago
Enforcers, New York/New Jersey Hitmen and
Orlando Rage. The Western Division includes the
Las Vegas Outlaws, Los Angeles Xtreme, Memphis
Maniax and San Francisco Demons.
DESCRIBE THE XFL LEAGUE AND TEAM ADMINISTRATION.
The XFL is a single-entity sports league in
which the XFL owns and operates each of its
eight teams. League headquarters is located in
Stamford, Conn. The league’s chief executive
is President Basil V. DeVito, Jr. Mike Keller is
Vice President of Football Operations and Billy
Hicks is Vice President of Administration. Each
XFL team is headed by a general manager and
includes both football operations and
WHO ARE THE XFL PLAYERS?
Each XFL team will consist of a 38-man active
roster and a 7-man reserve squad. XFL players
are experienced pro football players whose
backgrounds include the NFL, NFL Europe, the
Arena Football League and the CFL. Most played
for major collegiate programs. All XFL players
have completed their collegiate eligibility. XFL
players cannot be under contract with another
HOW WERE THE XFL TEAMS ASSEMBLED?
XFL teams were first assembled in October 2000
via a two-phase Player Allocation Selection
System (P.A.S.S.), or draft. In the first phase, teams were
able to select up to 11 “territorial”
players from three assigned universities. In the
second, or open phase, teams brought their
rosters to a maximum of 70 by drafting players
from a central league talent pool. Teams were
then able to alter their rosters via free agent
signings and trades as well as through a
supplemental draft held at the end of December.
When preseason training camps began the first
week of January, team rosters stood at 70
players. Through a series of cuts, teams will
trim down to 45 players by opening day.
HOW WILL THE PLAYERS BE COMPENSATED?
In the XFL, players are paid to play, but are
paid more to win. XFL base salaries for most
players are $45,000 for the 10-game regular
season. Quarterbacks are paid slightly more
($50,000) and kicking specialist slightly less
($35,000). In addition, each regular- season
game will feature a $100,000 bonus pool to be
divided equally by players on the winning team.
The bonus pool for “The Big Game At The End”
will be $1 million.
WHO ARE THE XFL COACHES?
The eight XFL head coaches bring 78 years of
head-coaching experience, having guided teams in
the NFL, at NCAA Division I powerhouses, in NFL
Europe and in the Arena Football League.
Entering the league’s inaugural season, XFL
head coaches had already combined for 516 wins,
11 national or world championships and 14 Coach
of the Year honors.
WHAT ARE THE XFL’S BROADCAST PLANS?
The XFL launches its inaugural season with three
major national television networks as partners.
NBC will carry a live prime time game every
Saturday night at 8:00 p.m. (ET) with Matt
Vasgersian handling play-by-play and Jesse
Ventura as analyst. UPN will air a live game
every Sunday night at 7:00 p.m. (ET). TNN will
telecast an XFL game live for nine consecutive
Sunday afternoons at 4:00 p.m. (ET) beginning
February 11, 2001. In Canada, The Score will air
both XFL Sunday games live. The league’s
championship game will be televised live in
prime time on NBC on April 21, 2001, at 8:00
DESCRIBE THE XFL’s TELEVISION PRESENTATION.
Basically, viewers will be treated to an
all-access pass from the comfort of their living
rooms. Cameras and mikes will be placed on
players, at various points on the field and
sidelines and even in locker rooms, so that for
the first time, TV will convey football’s true
power and emotions. There will be no
restrictions on broadcaster commentary and
indeed, broadcasters will be encouraged to
deliver hard-hitting analysis.
WHAT’S THE BIG DEAL WITH XFL CHEERLEADERS?
Yes, the XFL has cheerleaders and isn’t afraid
to let people know it. Indeed, XFL cheerleaders
will play an integral role at games, both live
and on television, and fans will get to know
their names and personalities.
DOES THE XFL HAVE A WEBSITE?
In addition to announcing the formation of the
league on February 3, 2000, the XFL also
launched its official Web site – XFL.com (now
very day. XFL.com has played a significant role
in the teams’ marketing efforts including
enabling fans to register for “priority”
status for ticket purchasing and other perks. In
addition, XFL.com launched its XFL e-commerce
site in December, 2000, with official league
merchandise for sale online. XFL.com has also
been a resource for league employment as more
than 40,000 people applied for league and team
jobs via XFL.com in 2000, and 50,000 people
applied to become players.
OFFICIAL SITES OF THE XFL (Now the ALL-XFL):