Tampa Bay XFL team

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Tampa Bay XFL team
Founded2018
LeagueXFL (2020)
Team historyXFL Tampa Bay
2020–
Based inPlant City, Florida
StadiumRaymond James Stadium
Tampa, Florida
OwnerAlpha Entertainment, LLC
PresidentJosh Bullock[1]
Head coachMarc Trestman
General managerMarc Trestman
Websitewww.xfl.com/teams/tampa-bay

The XFL Tampa Bay is a professional American football team based in Tampa, Florida. The team is an owned-and-operated member of the XFL (2020) begun by Vince McMahon of World Wrestling Entertainment. The team will play its home games at Raymond James Stadium, along with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the NFL and the University of South Florida Bulls. The team will be headquartered at Plant City Stadium in Plant City, Florida, where players will be housed and practices will be held.[2]

Tampa Bay joins Seattle, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Dallas, St. Louis and Washington, D.C. as the league's inaugural cities. Teams will have 40-man active rosters and play a 10-week season. Vince McMahon said "the game will feature simplified rules for a faster pace of game that should complete in under three hours", and will draw from former college and NFL players.[3]

On March 5, 2019, Marc Trestman was announced to be the head coach and general manager of the Tampa Bay XFL team.[4]

Market overview[edit]

The Central Florida corridor has been a popular location for alternative professional football since the 1960s. Two teams in particular had success in Tampa Bay: the Tampa Bay Storm were one of the Arena Football League's most successful and longest-lived franchises, surviving in the city from 1991 until it suspended operations after the 2017 season. The Tampa Bay Bandits were one of the biggest successes in the United States Football League in the 1980s.[5] In addition, the Florida Tuskers of the UFL played one of their games in nearby St. Petersburg.

The original XFL had placed one of its teams, the Orlando Rage, 80 miles up Interstate 4 in Orlando, where that city had openly embraced the league and had some of its best attendance (buoyed in part by Orlando also having the best regular-season record). The Alliance of American Football placed a team of their own, the Orlando Apollos, in Orlando before the current XFL announced its teams, thus preventing the XFL from returning to that city.

The only other major professional sports team playing in February and March in Tampa is the Tampa Bay Lightning of the National Hockey League, but the XFL team will also face indirect competition from Major League Baseball's spring training, which occupies numerous towns in Florida in those months.

In contrast to other XFL teams, the Tampa Bay team was granted three years rent-free at Raymond James Stadium as part of the team's first lease agreement.[6]

Staff[edit]

Tampa Bay XFL team staff
Front office
Head coach
Offensive coaches
  • Offensive coordinator – Jaime Elizondo
  • Quarterbacks – Josh Neiswander
  • Running backs – Josh Moore
  • Wide receivers – TBA
  • Offensive line – Jonathan Himebauch
  • Tight ends – TBA
  • Assistant offensive line – Justin Poindexter
 
Defensive coaches
  • Defensive coordinator – Jerry Glanville
  • Defensive line – Lawrence Hill
  • Linebackers – Mike Archer
  • Defensive backs – William Fields
  • Assistant defensive backs – TBA
Special teams coaches
  • Special teams coordinator – Frank Gansz, Jr.
East Division
NY
STL
TB
WAS
West Division
DAL
HOU
LA
SEA

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bassinger, Thomas (3 June 2019). Tampa Bay Times https://www.tampabay.com/sports/bucs/2019/06/03/tampa-bay-xfl-team-hires-former-usf-executive-josh-bullock-as-its-president/. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ https://www.plantcityobserver.com/xfl-turns-eyes-to-plant-city/
  3. ^ Staff, KOMO (5 December 2018). "Seattle chosen as one of 8 inaugural teams for new XFL football league". KOMO.
  4. ^ Staff, ESPN (3 March 2019). "Trestman hired as coach of Tampa Bay XFL team". ESPN.
  5. ^ Breakfast Bonus - Tom McEwen- from TBO.com Sports Archived 2011-07-16 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ https://www.tampabay.com/sports/bucs/2019/07/17/xfl-2020-as-the-relaunch-nears-answers-to-your-burning-questions-vince-mcmahon-team-names-draft/