Los Angeles XFL Team to Announce Hiring of Coach


LOS ANGELES (CNS) - The coach of the Los Angeles team in the XFL will be announced Tuesday at a downtown news conference.

The coach will also serve as the general manager of the team, which is set to begin play in February at the 27,000-seat Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson.

“This is an exciting moment early on in our franchise's history,” team president Heather Brooks Karatz told City News Service. “I'm looking forward to working with coach to bring the people of Los Angeles a great and competitive football team and exceptional fan experience.”

The Los Angeles coach will be seventh to be hired in the eight-team league, following former Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops, three former NFL coaches -- Kevin Gilbride, Marc Trestman and Jim Zorn -- and two former NFL assistant coaches, Pep Hamilton and Jonathan Hayes.

Professional wrestling magnate Vince McMahon announced the formation of the XFL on Jan. 25, 2018, saying he would personally finance the league.

This is McMahon's second attempt at starting a pro football league. The original XFL folded after its inaugural season in 2001 after heavier than expected financial losses and disappointing television ratings. The Coliseum- based Los Angeles Xtreme won the league's championship.

The second XFL is pledging to be “football reimagined ... a game that is fast-paced, high-octane, up-tempo, with a great flow, with fewer stoppages in play or as we like to put it, `Less stall and more ball,”' Commissioner and CEO Oliver Luck said.

Luck promised ticket prices that are “significantly lower” than other professional leagues.

The XFL announced Monday that it had reached multi-year agreements with ESPN and Fox Sports to televise games, including seven Saturday and two Thursday prime-time games on Fox, 13 weekend afternoon games on ABC, and seven Sunday games on ESPN, concluding with the championship game.

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