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Here We Go Again: Odds to Win the 2020 XFL Championship

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It’s no secret that Americans have an insatiable appetite for football, but the NFL has been the only professional league with true staying power throughout the years. 2020 marks the return of the XFL – and what happens from there is anyone’s guess.

The XFL originally ran for a single season in 2001 as a joint venture between WWF and NBC, spearheaded by Vince McMahon and NBC executive Dick Ebersol. The league’s goal was to attempt to be a legitimate competitor to the NFL and run during the late winter and early spring when the NFL season concluded.

Will the XFL Reboot Really Work?

A series of mishaps, poor play and an emphasis on violence doomed the ill-fated league, with both partners losing $35 million combined. McMahon eventually conceded it was a “colossal failure,” yet throughout the years he steadfastly believed the XFL would return someday. That time is now.

With the eight-team circuit set to get underway on February 8, 2020, online sportsbook BetOnline has released championship odds for the occasion. The Dallas Renegades are the very early +300 favorites, with the New York Guardians (+400), Los Angeles Wildcats (+500), Tampa Bay Vipers (+500), Houston Roughnecks (+750), D.C. Defenders (+800), Seattle Dragons (+1000) and St. Louis BattleHawks (+1000) rounding things out.

The XFL draft was held on October 15-16 through a conference call, and some familiar faces will be set to make another appearance on the gridiron. Names like Landry Jones, Cardale Jones, Matt McGloin and Christine Michael have NFL experience, while a litany of other players have played college football in the NCAA. 

XFL Needs to Avoid AAF’s Mistakes

The elephant in the room is undoubtedly the collapse of the Alliance of American Football (AAF), which began play on February 9, 2019, but lasted only eight weeks. AAF chairman Tom Dundon suspended all operations on April 2, and the league filed for bankruptcy a few weeks later.

While the downfall of the AAF served as excellent news for the XFL and its proprietors from a competition standpoint, it served as yet another example of an American pro football endeavor crashing and burning. The XFL’s future is up in the air right now. It feels like it’s either going to be a smashing success, or a massive failure. One thing is certain, however – it’s going to be extremely interesting to see how it unfolds.

What do you expect to see happen with the XFL in 2020? Have your say in the comment section.

Odds to Win the 2020 XFL Season
Dallas Renegades+300
New York Guardians+400
Los Angeles Wildcats+500
Tampa Bay Vipers+500
Houston Roughnecks+750
D.C. Defenders+800
Seattle Dragons+1000
St. Louis BattleHawks+1000

Odds as of November 23 at BetOnline