XFL announces inaugural home cities

The eight teams for the inaugural season of the XFL. XFL

Vince introduced XFL commissioner Oliver Luck, who said the XFL wants to complement fall football and reimagine the game.

On the heels of Tuesday's NHL expansion announcement, Seattle was announced as one of the eight inaugural cities to begin play when the new XFL football league kicks off in 2020.

Team names, logos and colors and coaches will be announced in the coming months. Luck said they want more in-game rhythm and flow, and he also spoke about safety precautions.

McMahon said there is a long term financial commitment to the XFL, and that the game play will be innovative and exciting.

It did not give details on how the league will be different than the NFL but said research is underway.

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WWE Chairman Vince McMahon announced in January that the revived XFL would launch in 2020 with eight teams of 40 players and a 10-game schedule.

McMahon is "personally funding" the new leaugue. The XFL has locked in major former National Football League executives, and in the first quarter of 2019, they will identify team presidents and key players, including Doug Flutie.

Today's big reveal fell in line with a report from last week which caught a potential leak on the XFL website, listing the phone numbers for eight league headquarters in different cities around the country. Seattle will be part of the revamped league, with a team playing at CenturyLink Field. But to the dismay of fans across the region, the Rams moved back to Los Angeles for the 2016 season.

The inaugural XFL season will take place on the weekend of February 8-9, 2020 - the week following Super Bowl LIII. It folded after one season in 2001.

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