and NBC to discontinue XFL
Federation Entertainment, Inc. in conjunction
with its joint venture partner, NBC, announced
Thursday that it will discontinue its
professional football league, the XFL. The
decision was made after determining that the
additional investment required to further
develop the XFL was not commensurate with the
potential return and the risk inherent in
pursuing the venture.
It’s official. He’s back. Tommy Maddox, who thrilled Los Angeles football fans in the early nineties as the star quarterback at UCLA, was named the inaugural XFL Player of the Year for the 2001 season. The Los Angeles Xtreme quarterback was selected by a panel of XFL team executives, media and
The XFL today named its first All-League Team as voted by players and coaches at the conclusion of the regular season. The All-XFL Team is made up of 24 players, 11 each from offense and defense, one kicker and one special teams addition.
Read the full transcript of Wednesday's XFL
Million Dollar Game Conference Call with Tommy
Maddox, Mike Pawlawski, Jim Skipper and Al
It's Tommy Maddox, Mike Pawlawski and Pat Barnes. It's Death Blow and Jermaine Miles. It's a former roofer and a high school drama teacher. It's the Million Dollar Game between the Los Angeles Xtreme and the San Francisco Demons and it's on tonight at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.
Rashaan Shehee and Saladin McCullough share time
in Los Angeles' backfield and also share a bit
of distinction this week. The XFL named the
running backs the latest recipients of the
Offensive Player of the Week award. New York/New
Jersey's Joey Eloms took the defensive award.
With a $1 million bonus riding on its
outcome, the XFL today announced that its April
21 Championship Game, scheduled for 8 p.m. ET on
NBC, has been named the "Million Dollar
Game." In addition, the league has modified
its point after touchdown rule by adding two and
three-point conversions to its existing
one-point effort. Beginning with the two playoff
games, teams will choose whether to go for one
point from the one-yard-line, two points from
the five or three points from the 10.
The Western Division title and the final playoff spot in the East will be up for grabs this weekend as the XFL enters week ten, the final regular-season games of its inaugural season. The San Francisco Demons and Los Angeles Xtreme square off this Saturday night (8:00 p.m. ET on NBC) in the regular-season finale, with the Western Division championship and the right to host the second seed in the East in the first round of the playoffs on the line. The loser will finish as the second seed in the West and travel to Orlando to face the Eastern Division champion Rage, who were 5-0 at home this season.
The XFL named Chicago Enforcers QB Kevin
McDougal as its Offensive Player of the Week and
teammate LB Jamie Baisley as its Defensive
Player of the Week for week nine, marking the
second consecutive week in which Enforcers
players have swept the awards.
Members of the XFL expansion
committee today visited Detroit, touring
legendary Tiger Stadium and meeting with Mayor
Dennis Archer, XFL President Basil V. DeVito,
Jr., announced. The trip to Detroit comes two
days after league officials visited Washington,
D.C. In addition to the tour of Tiger Stadium,
which the NFL’s Detroit Lions called home for
many years, the party also looked at prospective
practice facilities and potential team office
The XFL’s inaugural post-season technically will not begin until April 14, but the playoffs for all practical purposes begin this weekend as all eight teams are still alive in the hunt to play in the “The Million Dollar Game”.
The XFL named Chicago Enforcers RB John Avery as
its Offensive Player of the Week and teammate DB
Corey Ivy as its Defensive Player of the Week
for week eight. The Windy City duo led the
Enforcers to a crucial, 13-0, win over the
Birmingham Thunderbolts on Sunday night, giving
Chicago control of its playoff destiny.
“Our business plan calls for league expansion
in either year two or three so we have formed an
expansion committee to examine the feasibility
of adding at least two-to-four teams in that
time frame,” said XFL President Basil DeVito,
Jr. “We have had requests from a number of
cities who would like to join the XFL, and we
have targeted several for early visits. First on
the list is the nation’s capital.”
Las Vegas visits Los Angeles at 8 p.m. ET Saturday (Broadcast nationally on NBC) in the highlighted game of this week's XFL lineup. The league's latest players of the week meet on the field as Vegas defensive end Carl Simpson tries to chase down the Xtreme's ace thrower Tommy Maddox.
With seven XFL teams all in the hunt for three remaining playoff spots, the XFL today announced a new schedule for the final weekend of the regular season, Saturday, April 7 and Sunday, April 8.
The XFL named Los Angeles Xtreme QB Tommy Maddox
as its Offensive Player of the Week and Las
Vegas Outlaws DT Carl Simpson as its Defensive
Player of the Week for week seven. The award
winners will meet head-to-head when the Xtreme
(5-2) and the Outlaws (4-3) battle for first
place in the Western Division this Saturday at
the Los Angeles Coliseum (8:00 p.m. ET on NBC).
With just four games remaining in the XFL regular season, three of the four playoff spots are up for grabs, and XFL teams are getting offensive in their pursuit of the million-dollar prize. The Orlando Rage (6-0) have clinched one of the two Eastern Division playoff spots, but the remaining three slots are still wide open as the season heads into the back stretch. And with the three places still undecided, overall scoring in the XFL was up for the third consecutive weekend as offenses around the league begin to find their stride just in time for the battle for the playoff spots.
The XFL today named Memphis Maniax QB Jim
Druckenmiller as its Offensive Player of the
Week and New York/New Jersey Hitmen S Brad Trout
as its Defensive Player of the Week for week
six. Druckenmiller completed 26 of 40 passes for
413 yards and three touchdowns in Memphis' 29-23
win over Chicago Saturday night. Brad Trout
recorded a key interception as NY/NJ upset San
Francisco at Pac Bell Park.
The undefeated Orlando Rage will look to clinch the first XFL playoff spot this weekend when they host the West-leading Las Vegas Outlaws on Saturday night at the Citrus Bowl (8:00 p.m. ET on NBC). An Orlando win, coupled with losses by the Chicago Enforcers and New York/New Jersey Hitmen, would guarantee the Rage one of the two playoff spots in the Eastern Division.
Chicago quarterback Kevin McDougal and San
Francisco defensive end Jermaine Miles were
named the offensive and defensive players of the
week respectively for the XFL's Week 5.
Las Vegas comes into Soldier field to take on John Avery and the Chicago Enforcers this Sunday at 4 p.m. ET on TNN. Bob Golic and Craig Minervini handle the broadcasting duties while Lee Reherman and Kip Lewis follow the action from the sidelines.
Jeff Brohm and the 4-0 Eastern Division-leading Orlando rage head into the Liberty Bowl this Sunday at 7 p.m. ET on UPN. Jim Druckenmiller tries to lead Memphis to its second straight upset win.
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Raybon take week 4 awards
Only one winless team left after Saturday
Demons' Battle, Bolt's Butler named week three's best
Outlaws release Cawley, sign Grieb
XFL hits paydirt with No Fair Catch Rule
Vegas' defense takes on LA's offense
Copeland, Brown named Players of the Week
XFL on UPN makes primetime debut
First ever XFL Players of the Week
Pro Football Is Back In LA
Supplemental Draft Results
Player Allocation Selection System (P.A.S.S.) -
The XFL Draft
XFL Territorial Selections
names Jesse Ventura Color Analyst
the scenes of the XFL Cheerleaders commercial
of the fittest
A compendium of
original press releases from 2000, shortly after
the formation of the league was announced.
Relive the excitement!
World Wrestling Federation Entertainment, Inc. announces the formation of the XFL - a new professional football league
WWF ready to launch rival football league
Don't bet against McMahon
Real football, real fans
XFL hires sports business veteran, Billy Hicks, as vice president of administration
NBC and World Wrestling Federation Entertainment Form Strategic Partnership for XFL
UPN To Broadcast XFL Live Sunday Nights Beginning February 2001
XFL names Steve Griffith to head league Public Relations office
XFL, Teamwork On-Line recruiting generates blockbuster results
Former Bears executive joins the XFL
The XFL finds a home in Soldier Field!
Hey Memphis - here comes the XFL!
The XFL comes to Orlando!
Legendary Chicago Bears linebacker, Pro Football Hall of Famer and XFL CHICAGO HEAD COACH!
XFL Confirms team for Birmingham to play at Legion Field
XFL names Spalding first official licensee
The XFL heads out west!
Professional football returns to Los Angeles - and Las Vegas!
Three big announcements from the XFL!
Orlando XFL names Galen Hall Head Coach and Director of Football Operations
XFL to hold tryout camps
they're saying about the XFL
Success is in the cards
Training Camps get underway
February 3, 2001
A dashing debut
February 9, 2001
Outlaws bring top defense, uncertainty on offense to the Xtreme
February 16, 2001
Players, coaches should become reporters themselves
February 21, 2001
Backups not always second-rate
March 8, 2001
Week 9 pours gasoline on the playoff fire
March 27, 2001
XFL games are no night at the opera
April 6, 2001
Skipper's forecast calls for a shower
April 16, 2001
Xtreme to question Demons scoring ability