After WWE Chairman Vince McMahon announced the return of his professional football league, the XFL, back on January 25th, he almost immediately found competition and not from the NFL. Less than two months later, Charlie Ebersol, the son of Vince’s former XFL partner and NBC Sports President Dick Ebersol, announced the formation of a new league, the Alliance of American Football.
While McMahon’s XFL is slated for a return in 2020, the AAF is set to debut on February 9th, 2019. The AAF also sports a partner in CBS and has numerous former NFL players and executives involved including Bill Polian, Troy Polamalu, Hines Ward and Justin Tuck. They have also announced their first two franchises, one in Atlanta to be coached by Brad Childress, the other in Orlando with Head Coach Steve Spurrier.
Vince and the XFL are now the ones firing back as The Orlando Sentinel is reporting that McMahon has proposed having a team in Orlando to play at Camping World Stadium (also known as the Citrus Bowl), the site of WrestleMania 24 and 33. The AAF’s Orlando team is already planned to play at University of Central Florida’s Spectrum Stadium.
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