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The XFL, the spring pro football league fronted by Dwayne Johnson and Dany Garcia, took a big step toward finalizing its plans Sunday with a press conference that revealed the cities, venues and head coaches for its upcoming 2023 season.

The regular season is set to kick off February 18, 2023 with eight teams. Those include in newly announced cities — Las Vegas, Orlando and San Antonio — which are replacing existing teams in Los Angeles, New York and Tampa, FL. ESPN says those were the three cities with the lowest turnout in 2020, the league’s most recent season, which was halted midway through because of the Covid pandemic.

Two other XFL teams on the 2023 slate reside in Texas (Arlington and Houston), with other franchises in Seattle, St. Louis and Washington, D.C.

All 43 XFL games will air on Disney platforms in a carriage deal announced in May by Garcia, the league’s chairwoman and owner, and her movie and TV producing partner Johnson, after the duo with RedBird Capitol Partners acquired the league for $15 million from Vince McMahon in 2020 after it had started bankruptcy proceedings.

McMahon originally bankrolled the return of the league, which he resurrected after a 20-year absence. It had played just one season previously, in 2001, as joint venture between McMahon’s WWF (now the WWE) and NBC.

This year’s games will air on Disney platforms ABC, ESPN and FX.

“We’ve had a clear vision for the XFL – the values to instill, the diversity of our leaders, the innovation of the game and how we want to deeply engage with our communities so they can help bring this vision to life. Today, our league takes another step closer to 2023 kickoff as we officially announce where our teams will play,” Garcia said today during a press conference livestreamed on the XFL’s YouTube channel. “What brings a league to life is the passion of the fandom behind it. In each of these cities we will co-create with our fans and build these teams from the ground up so that they represent the unique fabric of our communities. We welcome all football fans to join us as we get ready for kickoff in February.”

Along with the cities, the league revealed its head coaching assignments with most names familiar to football fans: former Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops (Arlington), Wade Phillips (Houston), Terrell Buckley (Orlando), Rod Woodson (Las Vegas), Hines Ward (San Antonio), Jim Haslett (Seattle), Anthony Becht (St. Louis) and Reggie Barlow (Washington, DC).

Said Johnson, who was coming off his appearance at Warner Bros’ Black Adam panel at Comic-Con in San Diego, added: “I’m psyched to reveal the cities that our players will have the chance to represent and compete in. This is another massive moment for the XFL, and I’m ready to feel the electricity our dedicated fans will bring to these iconic venues.

“There is great energy building within our league and there is still much more to come… and I can promise it’s going to be worth the wait. We have been working on fresh, new logos and uniforms – even working with some of the team names you already know – that will match the dynamic and innovative vision of our league. We see you, we hear you and your excitement fuels us to continue to bring you the absolute best. We have just under seven months until kickoff and the countdown is officially on.”

The XFL has cemented the cities it will play in upon its return to play in 2023 and assigned coaches to the teams, Pro Football Network reported Sunday.

XFL teams are set for three Texas cities — Houston, Dallas and San Antonio — as well as Seattle, Las Vegas, Orlando, St. Louis and Washington, D.C.

The XFL named the coaches in April and still have not officially announced the cities. The league also has not confirmed where each coach will be assigned.

Per Pro Football Network, Wade Phillips is heading home to Houston, where he went to college and once was an assistant coach with the NFL’s Texans. He also was the head coach of the Denver Broncos, Buffalo Bills and Dallas Cowboys.

Joining him in Texas are former Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops, who will lead the Dallas team, and Super Bowl-winning wide receiver Hines Ward, who will be the head coach in San Antonio.

Stoops was the head coach of the Dallas Renegades in the XFL in 2020 before it ended the season prematurely due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Former New Orleans Saints head coach Jim Haslett will coach the Seattle team.

The four other teams will be led by first-time head coaches at the pro level: Reggie Barlow in Washington, D.C., Pro Football Hall of Fame member Rod Woodson in Las Vegas, Terrell Buckley in Orlando and Anthony Becht in St. Louis.

Ward also is a first-time head coach.

The rebooted XFL is scheduled to begin play Feb. 18, 2023, less than a week after the NFL plays Super Bowl LVII at Phoenix.

The NFL and Rams owner Stan Kroenke has agreed to pay $790m to settle a 2017 lawsuit over the team’s relocation from St Louis to Los Angeles.

“This historic agreement closes a long chapter for our region, securing hundreds of millions of dollars for our communities while avoiding the uncertainty of the trial and appellate process,” read a joint statement from St Louis Mayor Tishaura Jones and St Louis County Executive Sam Page.

According to multiple reports, the agreement does not include a promise from the NFL for a future expansion team in St Louis.

It is not clear how much of the settlement will be paid by Kroenke, who relocated the team in 2016, and how much by the league’s 31 other teams. Kroenke also owns Premier League club Arsenal.

St Louis officials said they have not yet determined how the settlement funds will be used.

Attorneys for Kroenke and the NFL were in St Louis for a mediation session on Tuesday with lawyers representing St Louis, St Louis County and the Regional Convention and Sports Complex Authority.

The lawsuit was seeking more than $1 billion and argued that the NFL broke its own relocation guidelines and that the Rams misled the public on their plans to leave the city, costing St Louis millions in revenue.

A trial date had been set for 10 January.

With this year’s AEW Full Gear PPV having recently undergone a date change, a location has yet to be confirmed for this upcoming November show.

As per the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Tony Khan’s promotion is said to be currently looking at the Minneapolis-St. Paul market as the locale that will house Full Gear.

No specific arenas are mentioned by the Observer at this stage, although one might imagine that the Xcel Energy Center would be one venue under consideration – with that venue also due to host an episode of WWE SmackDown this December.

For those who missed it, AEW recently moved Full Gear from 6 November to 13 November. The reason for this is simply that AEW didn’t want to run in direct opposition to two other huge PPV events on that same night – that being UFC 268 (Kamara Usman vs. Colby Covington 2) and a hotly-anticipated boxing card headlined by Canelo Alvarez vs. Caleb Plant.

Previously, Full Gear was due to emanate from the Chaifetz Arena in St. Louis, Missouri, but the change of date for Full Gear meant that venue was now no longer available.

AEW Full Gear will take place from St. Louis, Missouri on November 6, 2021.

This is the first time AEW will run a pay-per-view from the Gateway City. The two previous Full Gear events took place from Baltimore, Maryland and Jacksonville, Florida, respectively. Unless anything changes, Full Gear 2021 will be AEW’s final pay-per-view event of this calendar year.

Earlier on Double or Nothing, AEW announced their next pay-per-viewAll Out, would take place on September 5 from Chicago, Illinois.

With AEW Double or Nothing upon us later this month, there’s now an update on another AEW PPV – that being this year’s Full Gear event.

Ticketmaster has AEW shows listed for St. Louis’ Chaifetz Arena on Friday 5 November and Saturday 6 November.

In the aftermath of today’s news that Tony Khan’s company is to launch a new weekly one-hour Friday night AEW Rampage show from 13 August, it’s since been confirmed by Fightful Select that these two dates are indeed for an episode of Rampage on the Friday, then Full Gear on the following night.

Last year’s Full Gear of course emanated from Daily’s Place in Jacksonville, Florida, with Jon Moxley successfully defending the AEW World Championship against Eddie Kingston in an I Quit contest, AEW Women’s Champion Hikaru Shida retaining against Nyla Rose, the Young Bucks defeating FTR to become AEW Tag Team Champions, and Darby Allin besting Cody Rhodes to win the AEW TNT Championship.

As for today’s news on AEW Rampage launching later this year, this was also accompanied by Khan announcing that Rampage will join AEW Dynamite in moving from TNT to TBS next year – while TNT will air quarterly supercard TV specials across 2022.


Brett Cecil may choose to do some sightseeing once the ink dries on his new deal.

The southpaw reliever put pen to paper on a four-year, $30.5-million contract with the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday, but the signing had bigger implications than just money for the 30-year-old – it was also the first time he’d ever been in The Lou.

“For me and my family this is a huge deal,” Cecil said at Monday’s press conference, according to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch.

Cecil’s mother and father joined him, his wife, and three children for the unprecedented trip, and the left-hander wasn’t timid about being open to different roles for his entirely new setting.

“I’ve done everything from obviously starting, long relieving, sixth inning, seventh inning, eighth inning, ninth inning,” Cecil said. “My flexibility is limitless.”

Until now, Cecil had spent his entire eight-year career with the Toronto Blue Jays. Originally a starter, Cecil shifted to a bullpen role in 2012 before going on to post a cumulative 3.03 ERA as a reliever in Toronto.


As the Rams prepare for their first season back in Los Angeles, people in St. Louis are still reeling from losing their NFL team.

To ensure disgruntled fans still have something to cheer for this season, Hotshots Sports Bar and Grill has put together a promo that will knock $1 off domestic beer pitchers every Sunday for every touchdown scored against the Rams.

“The more they give up (which will be a lot), the more you can win while we root on literally ANYONE else,” the bar wrote on its website. “We have not forgotten what Stan and his cronies did to our city so we will have your shot to take a few jabs at them each week as well. Come root on the Rams to lose like only they can at Hotshots and get cheap beer! It’s a win-win!”


ST. LOUIS – Before the Rams left town in January, the St. Louis Blues were already in line to get an outdoor NHL stadium series game – just not the Winter Classic.

Team Chairman Tom Stillman credits the NHL for recognizing the city sorely needed a shot in the arm and scheduling the Blues against the rival Chicago Blackhawks on Jan. 2 at Busch Stadium.

”It’s something that St. Louis could use right about now,” Stillman said. ”They’re all great, but this is the big one.”

Commissioner Gary Bettman, executives from both NHL teams plus the Cardinals and former players attended a news conference at home plate in the first public forum since the announcement. As a centerpiece, goalie helmets from both teams flanked the mask of Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina.

”This is a major league city and unfortunately the NFL has not deemed us worthy, which I think is ridiculous,” Blues Hall of Famer Bernie Federko said. ”It’s a soothing moment for sports fans because for our sport, this is the big hurrah.”

The Blues-Cardinals partnership no doubt was a major selling point. The teams are friendly competitors and illustrated that point not long after the Rams’ decision to leave for Los Angeles when Stillman and Cardinals President Bill DeWitt III dropped a ceremonial puck before a game.

DeWitt said the Cardinals had been ”bugging” the commissioner ”for a number of years in ways subtle and not so subtle” to bring the Classic to St. Louis. Bettman said there was ”no hesitation” choosing St. Louis as site of the eighth Winter Classic.

”It was clear that both teams were coming together on behalf of the city and their fan bases,” Bettman said. ”Anybody watching would have appreciated that.”

The Cardinals have held a number of international soccer friendlies at Busch Stadium as well as major concerts such as U2 a few years ago and Paul McCartney this weekend. The stadium still retains faint evidence of lines marking the pitch for a game between Liverpool and Roma on Aug. 1.

Now, this will be the first experience of outdoor hockey for the city. In the days after the announcement in March, the Blues received more than 40,000 ticket inquiries.

For young Blues defenseman Colton Parayko, the lone current player in attendance, it’ll be his first outdoor game since he was with the Fort McMurray Oil Barons in juniors in 2010 or 2011.

”You come to Cardinals games and they’re pretty loud,” Parayko said. ”Having a chance to have an outdoor game is something you’ll remember the rest of your life.”

The game is usually held on Jan. 1, but the league is pushing it back a day as it did in 2012 to avoid going head-to-head with the NFL. It’ll be the Blackhawks’ third appearance in the Classic and this time they will face a bitter division foe.

Team President John McDonough called it a ”perfect fit,” and added, ”Let’s take this outside.”

The Blues eliminated the Blackhawks in the first round of the playoffs this spring and advanced to the Western Conference finals for the first time since 2000.

The NHL has three other outdoor games scheduled for next season, but there are no worries it has watered down the novelty factor.

”If you’ve ever been to one of these, they’re all different, they’re all special, they’re very unique,” Bettman said. ”They capture the imagination, and anybody who has been to one will tell you they would come to as many as we could schedule.”

League-wide, Bettman said there’s no concern over wear and tear for players participating in the World Cup next month with the regular season starting in October.

”We have a fair amount of knowledge about how this works,” the commissioner said. ”Our athletes are in incredibly great shape, they treat their profession as a 12-month-a-year requirement.”


New England Patriots defensive end Chris Long is involved with a group trying to bring a Major League Soccer franchise to St. Louis.

Long spent the first eight years of his career with the-then St. Louis Rams, before joining the Patriots in March.

“I’ve been told that I will have an update in a couple weeks,” Long texted Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch last week. “I’m still very interested. Hopefully the dialogue will continue.”

Hall of Fame defensive back and former Rams star Aeneas Williams is also involved with the project.

MLS currently holds 20 teams, rapidly expanding over the past five years, with New York City FC and Orlando City SC joining the league in 2015.