Texas Has Three New Professional Football Teams
Three Texas cities (Houston, Arlington, and San Antonio) are the newest homes for three professional football teams.
The three teams are in the XFL. The league was the brainchild of former WWE Chairman Vince McMahon. The XFL debut in 2001 and ceased operations at the end of their first season. McMahon brought the league back in 2020, but that was cut short by the COVID pandemic and the XFL had to file for bankruptcy.
When the assets of the company were being sold off in bankruptcy court Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, his ex-wife, and a sports management company bought the defunct league for reportedly $15 million.
Earlier this week the XFL announced the names of the teams and their host cities:
Here are the eight franchises and coaches for the 2023 XFL season:
- Arlington (Texas) Renegades - Bob Stoops
- D.C. Defenders - Reggie Barlow
- Houston Roughnecks - Wade Phillips
- Orlando Guardians - Terrell Buckley
- San Antonio Brahmas - Hines Ward
- Seattle Sea Dragons - Jim Haslett
- St. Louis Battlehawks - Anthony Becht
- Vegas Vipers - Rod Woodson
Some XFL fans on the internet are saying that three teams in Texas is too much for one state. I disagree, not only is Texas huge, but football is king in Texas. They have the teams located in great markets and I think in-state rivalries are exciting. It gets the local media talking about it in each city and it creates a buzz for gameday.
The Houston Roughnecks will continue to play their home games at TDECU Stadium on the campus of the University of Houston.
The Arlington Renegades will continue to play their home games at Choctaw Stadium.
The new San Antonio Brahmas will play their home games at the Alamo Dome.