The New Football League, the XFL, is Fulfilling Football Fans during the Offseason

Maddie DeMarino '21, Staff Writer

Football has been a staple in the United States for over 100 years. From the early days of August to the brisk Super Bowl Sunday in February people are consumed with football. After the season is over, many feel lost and don’t know how to fit the sport back into their lives. This year, the emergence of a new professional football league has gotten fans excited and given them something to do in the NFL offseason. Though it is still football, the XFL league implements a few different rules. On kickoffs, players start on the 30-yard line and cannot move until the ball is touched to help prevent injuries. For the point after touchdowns, there are 3 point options instead of 2 and no extra point option. The teams are able to earn 1, 2, or 3 points. The ball is lined up on either the 2, 5, or 10-yard line. Most of the changes attempt to create more excitement in the games to draw in viewers. The question was will this league actually have fans? The first weeks were averaging over 3 million viewers but as the season progressed viewership dropped to only 1 million viewers. Even though the NFL stands as the primary professional football league in America, the XFL does provide entertaining football to watch in the off-season. The purpose of the XFL is to give fans another football outlet while also giving players more opportunities to play the game they love. This new league is still a work in progress but their start this year is promising.