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Seattle chosen as one of 8 inaugural teams for return of XFL football league

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SEATTLE -- Are you ready for some (more) football?

A day after getting word of being awarded an NHL franchise, Seattle was awarded another franchise Wednesday -- one of the inaugural teams in the new XFL League.

The league, created by WWE head Vince McMahon, will begin play in February 2020 and Seattle's team will play at CenturyLink Field.

Seattle joins New York, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, St. Louis, Tampa Bay and Washington, D.C. as the league's inaugural cities.

Teams will have 40-man active rosters and play a 10-week season. 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.

It's the second go-around for the league that spawned He Hate Me and flamed out in 2001 after one wild season.

The original XFL was founded by the wrestling company and jointly owned by NBC, and premiered to massive TV ratings. But the audience did not stick around on Saturday nights to watch second-rate football, lascivious cheerleader shots, sophomoric double entendres and other gimmicks that quickly doomed the league.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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