XFL will return to Seattle in 8-team 2023 spring relaunch

Jul 24, 2022, 6:28 PM | Updated: 6:32 pm
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A view before an XFL game between the Seattle Dragons and the Dallas Renegades on Feb. 22, 2020 . (Photo by Alika Jenner/Getty Images)
(Photo by Alika Jenner/Getty Images)

The short history of the XFL in Seattle will continue when the football league returns next spring.

Seattle was announced Sunday as one of the eight cities that will have a team in the 2023 relaunch under new ownership led by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Dany Garcia.

The Seattle team will be coached by Jim Haslett, who has previously been head coach of the NFL’s New Orleans Saints (2000-05) and interim head coach of the St. Louis Rams (2008). Among other members announced as part of Haslett’s staff are offensive coordinator June Jones and defensive coordinator Ron Zook.

It was not made clear in Sunday’s announcement whether the team would continue with the Seattle Dragons name used during the 2020 XFL season that was not completed due to the pandemic. The Seattle team will play at Lumen Field, however, as the Dragons did.

The Seattle Dragons went 1-4, including 1-1 at home, during their lone incomplete season.

The other XFL cities will be located in Orlando, San Antonio, St. Louis, Houston, Las Vegas, Washington, D.C, and Arlington, Texas.

The new XFL season will begin Feb. 18, 2023 with ESPN serving as its television broadcast partner.

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