Today I noticed that Draft Kings is now going to cover the XFL!
The sports betting giant Draft Kings has thrown their name into the ring. After months of teases and speculation about what types of XFL betting will be available, Draft Kings confirmed that Daily Fantasy Challenges will be a part of the inaugural season.
We can confirm that we will have XFL contests this season and that those contests will begin on 2/8. We’ll be sure to provide additional details as we get closer to that date. Thanks for your patience in the meantime.—
DraftKings CX Team (@DK_Assist) January 10, 2020
The XFL is starting to become a mega market. I know you are going to sit there and think I am crazy, but they are already talking about making a video game for the XFL. Entertainment outlets like Onsmash.com, justpushstart.com, and sportsgamersonline.com have all hinted that it could happen in recent months, and recently XFLHub received word that the XFL is in negotiations with a developer for the game.
The XFL and Oliver Luck want to compete with the NFL and they have be the league that will finally be able to succeed. I mean during Fox’s coverage of the playoff game between the Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks, the XFL dropped a commercial. It was great because 4,000 new followers jumped on to subscribe to the new leagues Twitter account.
The XFL is not stopping there though, they are changing the rules, and have some pretty common sense rules in place that football fans everywhere will love, and get this they hired former NFL Official Dean Blandino as their Head of Officiating. The rule I like the best is a team can earn up to 3 points for the point after. 1 point is conversion from the 2 yard line, 2 points are from the 5 yard line and 3 points are from the 10 yard line. This will make the game interesting down the stretch.
I honestly think the attendance is going to be the one thing that will take time to grow. The AAF never struck 500,000 fans in attendance for their year before shutting down. They were super close hitting 489,330 fans over 32 games, but that is going to have to change if the XFL wants to stick around.
According to Daniel Kaplan of the Athletic, St. Louis is already selling tickets like wildfire. The Battlehawks have sold 6,000 plus season tickets which is by far the most in the XFL at this point. The Rams old stadium holds 27,500 fans for the XFL. While other alternative leagues have tried to focus on smaller markets that lacked NFL teams, the XFL put seven of its eight teams in places that already had NFL fanbases, hoping to draw those fans to their hometown team. I think this is the smartest thing they did.
When it comes to rosters, will they lack in names? Yes, that is normal though, but the USFL lacked in names too but ended up producing some of the biggest stars in the NFL over the years. I mean Herschel Walker, Steve Young, Jim Kelly, Reggie White, Gary Zimmerman, Sam Mills were just a handful of USFL players that had great careers in the NFL.
The XFL has many young players and they are going to end up shining over the years, but the first year is going to be the make or break year for the new league. If Vince McMahon can somehow pull this off, it might end up being one of the biggest and brightest ideas he has ever come up with. The XFL could eventually become a farm league or D League team to the NFL. Imagine having a minor league to the NFL that pays less, and you can groom players? Many more athletes would end up getting a shot. This makes too much sense and I think the NFL has grown big enough that they can do it and get away with it.