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3/29/00-2/4/01 press releases NBC and World Wrestling Federation Entertainment Form Strategic Partnership for XFL - XFL Football to Be Broadcast on NBC Primetime on Saturday Nights Starting February 2001 - STAMFORD, Conn. and NEW YORK, March 29 /PRNewswire/ - - NBC and World Wrestling Federation Entertainment, Inc. (Nasdaq: WWFE) today announced a strategic partnership to jointly own and run the XFL, a new professional football league that will begin play on February 3, 2001. The agreement calls for each party to own 50 percent of the league and its eight teams. In addition, NBC has committed to broadcast regional and national XFL games on Saturday nights in primetime from February through April. NBC will also broadcast the XFL Championship game, the first of which will be played on April 21, 2001. XFL football will be 100 percent competitive sport -- the brand of "smash mouth" football that fans crave. The league will connect with fans by returning football to its tougher roots and the wide-open way it was played in the '60s and '70s. The XFL will encourage individuality and the natural expression of joy and emotion on the field of play. Through rules changes designed to enhance the action and speed of the game, along with broadcast television innovations that will bring fans "inside the game," the XFL will recapture the natural personality, fun and intensity of pro football. Dick Ebersol, Chairman, NBC Sports and Olympics said, "The absolute key to the success of this league lies in the incredible success Vince McMahon has had throughout his career in reaching the most elusive audience in television . young males. For example, in weekly head-to-head competition with "Monday Night Football" over 17 weeks in 1999, McMahon's live event programming outdrew "Monday Night Football" among young adult males, ages 12-24, by 47 percent. That is an incredible triumph of marketing and promotion by the McMahon organization." Ebersol added, "We're excited to be a part of this historic and unique opportunity to launch a new football league to air on NBC in primetime beginning each February at a time when the public's interest in football is at its absolute peak -- one week after the Super Bowl. Together with the McMahon organization, we want to put the fun back into professional football." Vince McMahon, Chairman of World Wrestling Federation Entertainment, Inc., said, "The combined talents of both NBC and WWFE, which include original television programming expertise, complementary audience reach, and brand-building success is a sum much greater than its parts. Saturday nights have always been special on NBC and we're proud that XFL football has found a home here. In addition to having a long history of working strongly together in the past, I believe that the combination of these two organizations will make XFL football one of the best built brands in all of sports." Scott Sassa, President, NBC West Coast, said, "The XFL will be a great addition to our Saturday night lineup. Vince McMahon's unprecedented ability to reach the important young adult male demographic across multiple networks, coupled with NBC's multiple promotional platforms in both entertainment and sports, ensures a terrific launch. The awareness factor at the launch of this league next February should be -- especially among young males -- almost 100 percent. NBC is in the business of appealing to younger viewers and this is a great opportunity to attract even more young adult males to the network. NBC Entertainment looks forward to working with the XFL and NBC Sports on this unique venture." Television viewers will be given unprecedented access with cameras positioned in locker rooms, on sidelines and in the helmets of selected players. XFL players, coaches, locker rooms and huddles will also be miked, providing viewers with unique insight into the strategy of the game and enabling them to fully experience the true emotion, attitude, and intensity of the players, both on and off the field. Both NBC and WWFE will cross-promote the XFL during their respective programming. To encourage more wide open offensive play and to keep game times under three hours, the XFL will adopt a number of rules changes, including: Eliminating the fair-catch rule (making punts live balls), requiring only one foot inbounds on pass receptions, instituting a 35-second play clock and limiting halftime to 10 minutes. The objective of every XFL player will be to win games. XFL players will be paid salaries to play, but they'll be paid more to win. Each week the winning teams will share in a victory bonus pool -- giving added significance to each week's matchups. The XFL has already begun building a highly qualified team to launch the new league. Basil V. DeVito Jr., a sports business veteran whose resume includes WWFE, National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), and the Indiana Pacers will serve as President of the XFL. Billy Hicks, the XFL's Vice President of Administration, most recently served as President and General Manager of Major League Soccer's (MLS) Dallas Burn and has also worked as a General Manager in the World League of American Football (WLAF) and as an administrator with the Dallas Cowboys. Heading up Football Operations as Vice President is Michael Keller, a former linebacker for the Dallas Cowboys and former senior executive with the National Football League, United States Football League (USFL) and WLAF. Michael Weisman, a highly respected, award-winning producer whose credits include seven Super Bowls and 15 Emmy Awards, has been brought on as a broadcast production consultant. A talented and experienced scouting staff is in place and an XFL Advisory Panel has also been created. The advisory panel features several highly respected football and sports industry veterans, including Dr. Larry Lemak, a respected orthopedic surgeon and former owner and manager in the USFL, WLAF and the Canadian Football League (CFL); George Martin, a 14-year veteran of the New York Giants and former President of the NFL Players Association; Carl Paganelli, who brings 33 years of officiating experience to the XFL; and former Dallas Cowboys superstar Drew Pearson. The XFL is actively negotiating with a second television partner to complement the NBC portion of the XFL broadcast package. As part of the pact, NBC and WWFE have agreed that the XFL will control 100 percent of the advertising inventory sold during all XFL broadcasts by a dedicated sponsorship and advertising sales force. Six cities have been announced to date: Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Orlando, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. Two more teams will be announced in the next 30 days. WWFE announced the formation of the XFL on Feb. 3, 2000. Forward-Looking Statements: This news release contains forward-looking statements, which are subject to various risks and uncertainties. These risks and uncertainties include the conditions of the markets for live, broadcast television, cable television, pay-per-view and Internet entertainment; and licensed merchandise; acceptance of the Company's media and merchandise within those markets; and other risks and factors identified in the filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Actual results could differ materially from those currently anticipated. SOURCE NBC and World Wrestling Federation Entertainment, Inc. CO: NBC; World Wrestling Federation Entertainment, Inc. ST: Connecticut IN: SPT ENT SU: JVN PDT 03/29/2000 13:01 EST UPN To Broadcast XFL Live Sunday Nights Beginning February 2001 New York, NY, May 15, 2000 - United Paramount Network has signed an agreement with the XFL to broadcast nationally televised football games live on Sundays (7:00-10:00 p.m., ET; 4:00-7:00 p.m., PT), it was jointly announced today by Adam Ware, Chief Operating Officer, UPN, and Vince McMahon, Chairman, World Wrestling Federation Entertainment, Inc. UPN will air ten regular season XFL games and one playoff game beginning February 2001. The XFL, which will produce the broadcast of the games, is jointly owned and run by NBC and World Wrestling Federation Entertainment, Inc. (NMS: WWFE). In making the announcement Ware said, "Vince McMahon is in a class by himself when it comes to sports entertainment. The XFL gives us a cornerstone in the world of sports and is another key component of our male-friendly primetime schedule. Our affiliates are very pleased that we’ve acquired this package." "We look forward to the attitude and intensity of the XFL and we’re excited to be part of the team with NBC and World Wrestling Federation Entertainment. It’s great to be able to feed the Sunday habit of millions of football fans, while at the same time, participate in the XFL’s inaugural season and beyond," Ware continued. McMahon agreed that the XFL is a perfect fit for UPN’s growing male audience. "We’ve had an excellent relationship with UPN and together we have built the largest young adult male audience on network television in just eight months. I believe that the combination of WWF SmackDown! and XFL football on UPN will greatly enhance our ability to successfully reach and continue to build this important audience as we transform XFL into one of the best built brands in sports." XFL will be 100 percent competitive sport - the brand of "smash mouth" football that fans crave. The league will connect with fans by returning football to its roots and the wide-open style of play, while at the same time encourage individuality and the natural expression of emotion and exhilaration on the field of play. Television viewers will be given unprecedented access with cameras positioned in locker rooms, on sidelines and in the helmets of selected players. XFL players, coaches, locker rooms and huddles will also be mic’d, providing viewers with unique insight into the strategy of the game and enabling them to fully experience the true emotion, attitude and intensity of the players, both on and off the field. Through rule changes designed to enhance the action and speed of the game, along with broadcast television innovations that will bring fans "inside the game," the XFL will recapture the natural personality, fun and intensity of pro football. The XFL is in negotiations with a cable television partner to complement its current broadcast agreements with NBC and UPN. The XFL finds a home in Soldier Field Stamford, CT/Chicago, IL. June 13, 2000 - The XFL, a new professional football league jointly owned and operated by World Wrestling Federation Entertainment, Inc. and NBC, officially confirmed Chicago as the first of eight charter cities. The Chicago franchise will play all five of their home games at Soldier Field. The league also introduced the team's vice president and general manager, Ken Valdiserri. As the principal front office executive, Valdiserri will direct all aspects of the team's operations and be responsible for building a winning and successful franchise in Chicago. The official team name and logo will be unveiled at a later date. The remaining seven cities will be announced by July 1, 2000. June 14, 2000 XFL, Teamwork On-Line recruiting generates blockbuster results Stamford, CT, - An unprecedented online recruiting initiative launched by the XFL and TeamWork Consulting has resulted in a huge response from computer-savvy executives and football players who want to work for the provocatively-positioned new football league. The system, developed by TeamWork founder and CEO Buffy Filippell, generated over 1,200 job applications in the first two days for a league which must field eight teams and staff eight front offices in time to play professional football in just eight months. Visitors to the XFL web site - XFL.com - encounter a prominent link at the top of the home page and applicants are prompted from there. The XFL is the first sports league to use the system. "Without this tool this would be an insurmountable task," said Billy Hicks, Vice President of Administration for the XFL, who is in charge of putting over 100 people in place over the next two months. "We'd have literally stacks of resumes without any way to screen and sort them. The system's cross referencing capability will enable our new General Managers to sort the resumes by skills, years of experience, salary requirements and a host of other categories." Hicks added, "Prospective employees have more access to us. We like that. And we like the fact that the "cutting edge" approach of the XFL includes our behind the scenes operations as well as our public image." In addition to the response from administrative personnel, over 2,100 players filled out application questionnaires in the first week, bringing to over 5,000 the number of player inquiries received by the league. It is in the league and front office areas, though, where the XFL will make best use of the system. "The response has been astonishing," said Filippell, whose company is the sports industry's leading search firm. "Because of this system, people interested in a position with the XFL now have a direct link to present their credentials to the appropriate XFL hiring manager online and can be assured it is received. It would take some 800 recruiter manhours to generate and respond to this kind of volume using traditional methods." The league is scheduled to begin play in eight cities throughout the United States on February 3, 2001, the weekend following the Super Bowl. Through subtle rules changes designed to enhance the action and speed of the game, along with technical innovations that will bring fans inside the huddle and onto the sidelines, the XFL will accentuate the action that football fans crave. Designed specifically to meet the recruitment and hiring needs of the sports industry, TeamWork Online provides tools to its clients through this system that have been unavailable to date. In addition to accepting applications and resumes online, the product manages communication to applicants through the use of automated email technologies when positions are available. The system also provides an interview data management system for the employer as well as the ability to identify minority candidates to enhance the diversity of the staff. Founded in 1987, TeamWork Consulting, Inc and its internet arm, TeamWork Online, LLC is the nation's leading executive search firm to sports leagues, governing bodies and teams. The firm has conducted over 200 searches for over 100 organizations including teams in the NFL, NHL, NBA, MLS, as well as NASCAR, PGA TOUR, CART, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, International Speedway Corporation, Olympic Governing Bodies, and corporate sponsors and sports marketing/promotion agencies. Monday July 10, 10:55 am Eastern Time Company Press Release XFL Confirms Team for San Jose: Spartan Stadium to Host Home Games STAMFORD, Conn. & SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 10, 2000--The XFL, a new professional football league jointly owned and operated by World Wrestling Federation Entertainment, Inc. (NMS: WWFE) and NBC, announced today that a San Jose-based team will be one of eight scheduled to kick off the league's inaugural season on February 3, 2001. The San Jose entry, which will soon be given a team name, will play five regular-season home games at Spartan Stadium. ``The bay area is a major U.S. market, and one that the XFL needs to be in,'' said Basil V. DeVito, Jr., President of the XFL. ``The entire San Jose area is growing, and Spartan Stadium will be a great venue for our games.'' Spartan Stadium, located on the campus of San Jose State University, seats approximately 28,000 people, giving fans a chance to experience the XFL in an intimate setting. ``As part of our arrangement, we will be making physical improvements to the stadium that will benefit everyone,'' said Anne Palmer, Spartan Stadium Director. ``It's a win-win situation for all parties.'' XFL Confirms team for Birmingham to play at Legion Field Hires Three Key Football Professionals to Key Posts Birmingham, AL/Stamford, CT, - BIRMINGHAM, Ala./STAMFORD, Conn., August 1, 2000 - The XFL, a new professional football league jointly owned and operated by World Wrestling Federation Entertainment, Inc. (NMS: WWFE) and NBC, announced today that Birmingham, Alabama will be home to an XFL team when the league begins play in February 2001. The XFL also announced today that Tim Berryman will be the team’s Vice President and General Manager, Gerry DiNardo will be the Head Coach, and Bob Gates will serve as Player Personnel Director. The Birmingham franchise, which will be named at a later date, will play five regular-season home games at Legion Field. “Birmingham has been left out of the professional football mix for much too long. We believe that it is a strong football market and we’re excited about having the XFL play here,” said Basil V. DeVito, Jr., President of the XFL. “Birmingham has knowledgeable fans that know their football, and we’re confident that they will enjoy and appreciate the product that we put on the field.” Tim Berryman joined the XFL from Arkansas Sports Entertainment where he was Co-founder, Co-owner, and General Manager of the Arkansas RiverBlades (East Coast Hockey League) and the Arkansas Twisters (arenafootball2). There he wrote business plans, commissioned market feasibility studies, and oversaw all aspects of the Twisters launch including facility lease, ticket pricing, marketing, and budgets. From 1995 - 1998, Berryman was the Co-founder, Co-Owner, and Vice President of Entertainment Ventures Associates, the company that brought the Louisiana IceGators of the East Coast Hockey League to Louisiana in 1995. From 1984 -1995, Berryman held various marketing and executive positions with America’s Research Group and Xerox Corporation. A former linebacker for the Canadian Football League’s Ottawa Rough Riders and Toronto Argonauts, Berryman was the first player selected in the Canadian Football League draft in 1976. Gerry DiNardo was the Head Coach at Louisiana State University from 1995-1998. There he took the Tigers to three straight Bowl victories from 1995-1997. Prior to his four years at LSU, DiNardo was the Head Coach at Vanderbilt from 1991- 1994, where he was named SEC Coach of the Year and Kodak Regional Coach of the Year in 1991. From 1982-1990, DiNardo was the Assistant Coach at Colorado University, which won the National Championship in 1990. In addition to winning a National Championship as an Assistant Coach, DiNardo also won one as a player for University of Notre Dame in 1973. He was an offensive guard for the Fighting Irish from 1972-1974. Pro Personnel Director Bob Gates brings 37 years of football experience on all levels of competition to the XFL. Most recently, Gates held the position of Football Operations Manager with the London Monarchs of NFL Europe. Prior to that he served as Assistant General Manager of the Birmingham Fire of the World League of American Football. Gates has also served as a scout for both the National Football League and Canadian Football League. XFL names Spalding first official licensee STAMFORD, CT/EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ, Aug. 3 /CNW/ - The XFL, a new professional football league jointly owned and operated by World Wrestling Federation Entertainment, Inc. (NMS: WWFE) and NBC, announced today that Spalding Sports Worldwide has been named the first official licensee of the league. As part of the multi-year license agreement, Spalding will be the official ball of the league and will market a line of footballs under the XFL name. Made with Spalding's patented all-weather construction, the Spalding XFL game ball will be used in all of the games beginning with the season opener on February 3, 2001. "Spalding is one of the most recognizable names in sports and we're very excited to have Spalding on board as our first on-field partner," said Basil V. DeVito, Jr., President of the XFL. "The Spalding game ball, with its unique and high-impact black, silver, and red color combination, will be one of the strongest icons of the XFL." "We are thrilled with the opportunity to be part of such a cutting-edge organization," stated Eddie Binder, Executive Vice President of Spalding Sports Worldwide. "The sporting goods industry has been flat for the past five years in both participation and sales. We feel the XFL will bring a new perspective to the sports arena with its wide-open style of football combined with savvy marketing campaigns. The league's success will be great for football, fans, and retailers." Spalding's official line of XFL footballs will roll out this October, in time for the key holiday selling period. The line will consist of seven SKU's, and price range from $10.00 to $80.00. Spalding will support the XFL football series with a multi-million dollar advertising and promotional campaign beginning this fall. New York/New Jersey to play at Giants Stadium STAMFORD, CT/EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ, Aug. 3 /CNW/ - The XFL, a new professional football league jointly owned by World Wrestling Federation Entertainment, Inc. (NMS:WWFE) and NBC, announced today that a New York/New Jersey-based (NY/NJ) team will be one of eight scheduled teams to kick off the inaugural season. The NY/NJ team - still to be named - will play its five regular-season home games at Giants Stadium, which currently houses the New York Jets and New York Giants of the NFL and Major League Soccer's NY/NJ Metro Stars. Additionally, XFL announced that Drew Pearson, star wide receiver with the Dallas Cowboys, will serve as the team's vice president and general manager. "It's great to have a charter XFL team in the world's sports and media capital," said Basil V. DeVito, Jr., President of the XFL. "Drew Pearson is very popular and respected in the football world and will be a perfect fit for this team." Pearson, a 1973 free agent signee, played his entire 11-year NFL career with the Dallas Cowboys. A native of South River, N.J., Pearson played in three Super Bowls (X, XII, XIII) and was a three-time NFL All-Pro (1974,'76- 77). For his dominance on the gridiron, Pearson, 49, was selected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame's All-Decade Team of the '70's and named one of the Top 20 Pro Football All-Time Leading Receivers. In 1980 Pearson was selected the NFL Man of the Year, for his outstanding achievements on and off the field. After retiring from the NFL, Pearson held coaching positions with the Dallas Cowboys (1985) and the Dallas Texans of the Arena Football League (1991). Currently, Pearson is Chairman and CEO of Drew Pearson Marketing, Inc. (DPM), the world's largest black owned licensed sports and character apparel manufacturer. DPM earned the honor of Black Enterprises' 1994 Company of the Year and was ranked as the 15th largest black owned businesses in the U.S. Orlando XFL names Galen Hall Head Coach and Director of Football Operations ORLANDO, Fla. (August 8, 2000) -- Galen Hall, who led the Rhein Fire to a pair of NFL-Europe League championships in the past three years, has been named Head Coach and Director of Football Operations for the new XFL franchise in Orlando, team Vice President and General Manager Tom Veit announced today. "We could not have been more fortunate in hiring a coach of Galen's Hall stature," Veit said in making the announcement. "Galen has coached many championship teams at both the college and professional levels and is widely respected throughout the coaching ranks for his ability to identify and develop young talent and then produce winning football teams with those players. That experience, combined with the fact that he is a long-time Central Florida resident and well known in the community, made Galen the ideal candidate for this position." "Orlando XFL presents a unique and exciting opportunity for me," Hall added. "The chance to come back home to coach professional football was an important factor in my decision, but it was not the over-riding factor. From the beginning, I was extremely impressed with the XFL's commitment to the sport. We're going to put a product on the field that's going to be fast-paced, exciting and fun and I am looking forward to the challenge of helping to build Orlando XFL into one of the league's best franchises." Hall led the Fire to a 7-3 regular season record in 2000. He capped off the season with a 13-10 win over Scotland in the World Bowl. In seven seasons (1995-2000) with Rhein, Hall recorded an overall record of 36-27 (.571) and took the team to three championship games, winning titles in both 1998 and 2000. Hall also served as Head Coach of the Orlando Thunder in 1992. He paced Orlando to a 9-1 regular season record and another World Bowl appearance against Sacramento. He served as offensive coordinator for the Thunder in 1991. Overall, his 44 wins is the second most in NFL Europe/World League of American Football history. He also claimed three "Coach of the Year" titles. In 1994, Hall was Head Coach and Director of Football Operations for the Charlotte Rage of the Arena Football League, where he led that team to a playoff berth. He was Head Coach of the University of Florida from1984-89, where he led the Gators to a 41-18-1 record and a pair of Southeast Conference titles. Hall was named Associated Press "Coach of the Year" in 1984 when his team was named National Champions by the computer rankings of both the New York Times and Sporting News. He was the first coach in SEC history to win 16 consecutive games and the first Florida coach to win back-to-back conference championships. Hall began his coaching career at West Virginia, where he tutored running backs and receivers in 1964-65. He joined the coaching staff at Oklahoma as offensive coordinator in 1966. He spent 18 seasons at Oklahoma, where he coached Heisman Trophy winners Steve Owens and Billy Sims. During his tenure at OU, the Sooners captured two national championships and 10 Big Eight titles. An outstanding quarterback at Penn State (1959-61), Hall played two seasons in the NFL for the Washington Redskins (1962) and New York Jets (1963), before turning his attention to coaching. His first year with Orlando XFL will mark Galen's 30th season as a football coach. Born in Altoona, Pa., Hall resides in Oviedo, FL with his wife Elaine. XFL hires three experienced football professionals to key posts in Las Vegas Trio brings more than 60 years of football experience to Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV/Stamford, CT, August 10, 2000 - At a press conference today in Las Vegas, the XFL announced Bob Ackles as the team’s General Manager, Jim Criner as the Head Coach, and Don Gregory as the Player Personnel Director for the XFL-Las Vegas franchise. The XFL is a new professional football league jointly owned and operated by World Wrestling Federation Entertainment, Inc. (NMS: WWFE) and NBC. “We have hired an experienced group of professionals to assemble, manage and direct this franchise,” said Basil V. DeVito, Jr., President of the XFL. “Las Vegas is certainly an exciting city that is ideal for the type of football we will unveil in February. We feel that Las Vegas is a burgeoning sports market, and we’re confident that fans will enjoy and appreciate the product that we put on the field.” Bob Ackles joins the XFL after his fourth season with the Miami Dolphins as Director of Football Operations. He was responsible for contract negotiations, player personnel, and scouting operations on both the professional and collegiate levels. Ackles’ prior experience includes Director of Football Administration for the Philadelphia Eagles in 1995, and his debut NFL efforts in 1986 as the Dallas Cowboys’ first-ever Vice President of Pro Personnel and later as their Vice President of Player Personnel. He also spent three seasons in the Arizona Cardinals’ front office, and 11 years as General Manager of the Canadian Football League’s British Columbia Lions. After joining the CFL at age 15 as a waterboy, Ackles became the first non-player to earn the Schenley Award of Excellence, awarded for his outstanding contributions to the CFL. Jim Criner, with more than 30 years of coaching experience, currently holds more than 20 NFL Europe and World League head coaching records. In 1996, the former Head Coach of the Scottish Claymores led his team to a victory at the World Bowl and received the World League Coach of the Year Award. Starting his career as a high school football coach, Criner went on to coach at the college level at Utah, Cal State-Hayward, University of California-Berkeley and Brigham Young. He also served as the Head Coach at Iowa State for three years (1986-1983) and at Boise State University for six years (1976-1982). Don Gregory brings twenty-six years of football experience on all levels of competition to the XFL. He joined the staff of the San Diego Chargers as a scout in 1995, after scouting players for the National Football Scouting Combine, the Canadian Football League and the World League of American Football for nine years. Gregory played linebacker for two seasons at a junior college, transferred to Portland State as an outside linebacker and nose guard, then played and coached as a graduate assistant at Whitworth College in Washington. Gregory played from 1979-1985 for the semi-professional Spokane Goldenhawks, and spent his last two seasons as a player-coach. The Las Vegas franchise, which will be named at a later date, will play five regular-season home games at Sam Boyd Stadium. Additional teams have been confirmed in Chicago, Memphis, Orlando, San Jose, Los Angeles, Birmingham and New York City. The XFL -- which will have a ten-game regular season -- will kick off on February 3, 2001. Al Luginbill named head coach of XFL Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA / Stamford, CT, August 17, 2000 - At a press conference in Los Angeles, J.K. McKay - Vice President and General Manager of XFL Los Angeles - introduced Al Luginbill as the team's head coach. Luginbill has spent the last five years with NFL Europe as the head coach of the Amsterdam Admirals. He lead the Admirals to a 30-20 record over that time, ranking him third on the NFL Europe list of all time winningest coaches. "I have been following the formation of the XFL closely," he said. "I believe the football on the field is going to be first class, and I am happy to get in on the ground floor of this league." XFL Teams Up With BIKE for Official On-Field Helmet Supplier STAMFORD, CT/KNOXVILLE, TN, Aug. 24 /CNW/ - The XFL today announced a marketing partnership agreement, making BIKE the official on-field helmet supplier. XFL teams will be outfitted with the BIKE PRO-EDITION(TM) football helmet, beginning with training camps and officially debuting at the season opener on February 3, 2001. The BIKE helmet is substantially lighter, more comfortable, and better ventilated than any other helmet, making it the most revolutionary helmet in the last 25 years. "BIKE takes pride in its reputation as an innovative market leader in football protective equipment," commented Jim Corbett, senior vice-president of Bike Athletic Company. "We believe that the BIKE PRO-EDITION helmet enhances our leadership position. Now players have the choice of an alternative lighter weight helmet with a number of innovative features." "BIKE has a long history of manufacturing top-quality athletic products and we're thrilled to have them on board as an on-field partner," said Basil V. Devito, Jr., President of the XFL. "The BIKE helmet has an innovative design and is lighter than traditional helmets which further demonstrates our commitment to provide our players with the most reliable protective gear on the market." "We are delighted about the opportunity to be part of this new and exciting brand of cutting edge football," said Jim Corbett. "Innovative broadcast technologies will create a memorable celebration of football for the fans, bringing them closer to the hard hitting, fast paced game of XFL football." Founded in 1874, Knoxville, Tennessee-based Bike Athletic Company is a sport product manufacturer and marketer of protective equipment, sports medicine, team uniforms, and athletic and performance apparel. BIKE developed the original athletic supporter and the BIKE COMPRESSION PERFORMANCE SHORT(R) and markets the revolutionary PRO-EDITION football helmet. The Company offers authentic athletic products, distributed throughout the United States, Canada, and international markets. BC Lions Head Coach Greg Mohns named Director of Player Personnel for XFL’s San Jose Demons SAN JOSE, CA, August 24, 2000 - The XFL, a professional football league jointly owned and operated by the World Wrestling Federation Entertainment, Inc. (NMSL: WWFE) and NBC, today named Greg Mohns as Director of Player Personnel of the San Jose team. Mike Preacher, the General Manager for the XFL’s San Jose Demons, announced that Mohns, a 26-year football veteran, would be joining the San Jose team immediately. "I am very pleased that my first order of business is to welcome someone of Greg’s caliber to our organization. Greg has had incredible success both as a Head Coach and Director of Player Personnel. Greg’s made an immediate impact in creating winning organizations everywhere he’s been." Greg comes to the XFL’s San Jose Demons only a few days after he coached the BC Lions to a victory over the Toronto Argonauts. Mohns was brought to BC to improve the talent level of the team. When the Lions lost 13 of 18 games, Mohns stepped in as the Head Coach. He quickly reversed the tide, winning the last six games of the year. The following season, Mohns kept the momentum going after the Lions won the Division Championship with a 13 and 5 records. Mohns has an exceptional background in the National Football League as well as the CFL. In addition to the BC Lions, Mohns was the Director of Football Operations and Player Personnel for the Toronto Argonauts, the Kansas City Chiefs, the Memphis Mad Dogs, and the Hamilton Tiger Cats. In Hamilton as well as BC, Mohns also served as Assistant General Manager. Mohns was a key player in revamping and enhancing the quality and competitiveness of the Toronto Argonauts, who had a 4-14 record when Mohns came on board. He negotiated player acquisitions through drafts, trades, claims and free agent signings, resulting in the Argonaut’s impressive 17-3 record and Grey Cup Championship. In 1986 and 1987, as Director of Pro Personnel for the Kansas City Chiefs, Mohns organized and supervised the acquisition of personnel, which improved the quality, and competitiveness of the team, resulting in the Chiefs’ first NFL playoff appearance since 1971. The San Jose Demons have received thousands of reservations for game tickets through XFL.com, the league’s official web site. Fans can receive their priority number by logging onto www.xfl.com and filling out the ticket form. The team will host five home games commencing in February, 2001. XFL Names Mike Preacher Vice President and General Manager of San Jose Demons SAN JOSE, CA/STAMFORD, CT, August 24, 2000 - At a press conference today in San Jose, the XFL announced Michael Preacher as the team’s Vice President - General Manager. The XFL is a new professional football league jointly owned and operated by World Wrestling Federation Entertainment, Inc. (NMSL:WWFE) and NBC. A former two-time GTE Academic All-American, Mike Preacher comes to the XFL with a solid track record in both sports and entertainment management. He joins the XFL after his fifth year working in the broadcast industry for Entertainment Communications (Entercom), the nation’s fourth largest radio broadcast company. The XFL is tremendously excited to have found one of the brightest young minds in sports management today,” said Billy Hicks, XFL Vice President of Administration. “We know that Mike Preacher and the San Jose community will form a dynamic team.” Preacher most recently served as Director of Entercom’s Marketing Results Group where he was responsible for the day to day management. One of Preacher’s key responsibilities was to work with Entercom’s COO and CFO on the development of strategic corporate alliances. In the early 1990’s, Preacher was a founding front office member of the CFL’s first entry into the Untied States. With the Sacramento Gold Miners, Mike established new standards for CFL sponsorship relations. A graduate of the University of Oregon, Mike still holds several records from his days as an All PAC-10 punter. 31 August 2000 XFL to hold tryout camps Ever since Vince McMahon, Basil DeVito and other members of the Executive Committee announced the formation of the XFL this past February, the league has been accepting applications from men and women with dreams of playing for the XFL. Through faxes and forms on XFL.com, the league received well over 10,000 applications from potential players in the first 4 months. And now it’s time to see how many of them have what it takes be on the field when the XFL kicks-off on February 3, 2001. Mike Keller, Bill Baker, Martin Mayhew, and the entire XFL Football Operations department have been busy narrowing down the ever-growing list. They were eventually able to identify 1000 candidates - the majority of which had professional football experience on their resume - who have now been registered in one of four tryout camps the XFL will hold in September. "We have no more room," said Billy Hicks, Vice President of Administration. "The response we got back was overwhelming. We only had room for 250 players in each camp and registration is closed. The level of football player competing in the XFL will be elite, and these thousand invitees can keep their primetime dream alive." Camps will be held on four consecutive weekends beginning September 9 in Dallas and will follow in Atlanta, Chicago, and Los Angeles. "These camps are to make sure that no one slips through the cracks," said Keller, Vice President of Football Operations. "We already know the majority of our player pool. We scouted, targeted and identified them as prospects. These tryouts help eliminate the risk of missing a potential player." XFL.com will be covering the try out camps, so if any XFL stars are born - we’ll let you know! Sunday September 10, 4:42 pm Eastern Time Press Release Ken Valdiserri Resigns From XFL Chicago Enforcers STAMFORD, Conn. & CHICAGO--(BW SportsWire)--Sept. 10, 2000--The XFL announced today that Ken Valdiserri has resigned as Vice President and General Manager of The Chicago Enforcers due to personal reasons. "Our commitment to bring exciting XFL football to Chicago continues,'' said Basil V. DeVito Jr., President of the XFL. "With the coaching staff and front office that we have assembled, The Enforcers will provide Chicago football fans with something special.'' Rich Rose Named Acting General Manager for the Chicago Enforcers Chicago, IL, September 12 - The XFL announced today the naming of Rich Rose as Acting General Manager of the Chicago Enforcers football team. "We are very comfortable with Rich serving as the Acting General Manager for the Enforcers," said Billy Hicks, Vice President of Administration for the XFL. "Rich has been with the league before day one, having helped develop the XFL business plan. With Rich and the current Enforcers coaching and front office staff working together, everything will go smoothly in Chicago until a permanent General Manager is hired." Rose, who serves as Senior Consultant/Special Projects for the XFL, started his own sports consulting practice in 1998 with such clients as Time Warner/HBO, Madison Square Garden, Top Rank and the International Management Group. He also served as President and COO of Caesars World Sports in Las Vegas for 10 years before starting his company. Prior to that, he served for 10 years as founder and President of Lapin and Rose, a bicoastal public relations firm specializing in publicity and marketing of sports and special events. "We have a great coaching and front office staff already in place in Chicago," said Rose. "Mike Keller, our Vice President of Football Operations, and myself have already met with Dick Butkus and his staff, as well as the front office staff, and it will be business as usual for the Chicago Enforcers." Demons will play opening season at Pacific Bell Park Team to be officially named San Francisco Demons San Francisco, CA, September 15, 2000 - The Bay Area’s entry in the XFL, the newest league on the professional football landscape, will take up residence in San Francisco and officially be called the San Francisco Demons, the league’s president Basil V. DeVito, Jr., announced today. The Demons, one of eight teams in the newly formed league co-owned by World Wrestling Federation Entertainment (NMSL: WWFE) and NBC, also disclosed an agreement to hold their home games at Pacific Bell Park, the newest stadium in the Bay Area. “This move goes hand-in-hand with our strong commitment to our fans to provide a quality football product in the best venues in America,” DeVito said. “Pacific Bell Park takes a backseat to no one in that category.” “This is an exciting day for us,” Demons Vice President-General Manager Mike Preacher said. “The XFL will get off to a rousing start in the Bay Area by playing its home games in the finest sports facility anywhere.” Pat Gallagher, president of Giants Enterprises, which develops non-baseball opportunities to utilize Pacific Bell Park year-round, welcomed the new venture in San Francisco. “We want to expose this jewel of a park to as many people as we can,” Gallagher said. “And we think this will be an absolutely terrific venue for football.” Pacific Bell Park’s configuration for the XFL will accommodate 40,000 spectators. Having the Demons play at this facility will allow their fans to enjoy the first-rate amenities of the park. Originally, the Demons were schedules to play at Spartan Stadium in San Jose, the 28,000-seat home of San Jose State University athletics. “We always have considered ourselves a team for the entire Bay Area,” Preacher added. “San Jose is an important market for the Demons as it should be for all Bay Area teams,” Preacher said. “We will promote our product to the residents of the South Bay with no less fervor than we would have had we been playing at Spartan Stadium. The people and city of San Jose have been first-class all the way. We know they will continue to support the Demons.” Preacher said officials of the XFL and the Demons were in the process of negotiating arrangements to use Spartan Stadium when the potential availability of Pacific Bell Park surfaced and then came to fruition. The XFL teams include the Los Angeles Xtreme, Chicago Enforcers, New York/New Jersey Hitmen, Orlando Rage, Memphis Maniax, Las Vegas Outlaws and the Birmingham Thunderbolts in addition to the San Francisco Demons. The XFL will kick off the 10-game season on February 3, 2001. Games will be telecast on NBC on Saturday nights and UPN and a cable network on Sundays. A four-team playoff will air on NBC and culminate with an XFL championship game on April 21, 2001. Memphis Maniax name Kippy Brown Head Coach Memphis, Tenn., September 18, 2000 - Steve Ehrhart, General Manager of the Memphis Maniax, named Kippy Brown Head Coach of the Memphis XFL team on Monday, Sept. 18, 2000. A veteran of 21 coaching seasons, nine in the NFL and 12 in college, Brown is a graduate of the University of Memphis where he was quarterback for the Tigers from 1975-77. “We are proud to announce Kippy Brown as the Head Coach of the Maniax,” said Ehrhart. “His experience as an NFL offensive coordinator and as the assistant head coach at the University of Tennessee as well as his ties to the city of Memphis make him a perfect fit as we prepare to take the field in February.” Brown has experience with four different NFL teams (New York Jets, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Miami Dolphins and Green Bay Packers). He served as offensive coordinator under Miami Dolphins’ Head Coach Jimmy Johnson in 1998 and 1999 where he called the offensive plays for the Dolphins teams that made the NFL playoffs in both those years. “I appreciate very much the opportunity to become the first head coach of the Memphis Maniax,” said Kippy Brown. “I want to thank Steve Ehrhart and Steve Ortmayer for their confidence and support.” “It is my absolute commitment to put together an exciting, quality and winning football team that will make Memphis and the Mid-South proud,” added Brown. “It is unbelievable to see my career come full-circle - from when I was a player in Memphis 28-years ago, to now having the honor of being the head coach of the Memphis team in this exciting new league with such a great future.” The Memphis Maniax have territorial rights to players from both the University of Memphis and University of Tennessee. Brown’s playing and coaching experience at those two schools will be an added perspective as he and Player Personnel Director Steve Ortmayer put together the team for the opening game on Feb. 3, 2001. Commenting on the coaching search, Ehrhart said, “As Steve Ortmayer and I talked to coaches all around the country over the last several months, Kippy’s name kept coming up time after time. His qualifications were so good that we made the decision that we wanted Kippy as our head coach. Thus we worked out a transition arrangement with the Green Bay Packers. Kippy will complete his obligations to the Packers this season, but at the same time he will be in touch with Steve Ortmayer on a regular basis this fall and he will then join us full-time following the Packers’ season.” “During the fall of 1982 the United States Football League (USFL) waited for two coaches to finish their obligations to their respective teams prior to joining the USFL for the spring season of 1983,” Ehrhart continued. “Their names were Steve Spurrier and Jim Mora. That plan certainly worked well for those two coaches who have gone on to great careers.” “I would like to publicly thank Ron Wolf and the Green Bay Packers organization as well as Basil DeVito, Mike Keller and the folks at our XFL league office who all worked together to create a situation that is a win-win for all the parties involved,” concluded Ehrhart. The Memphis Maniax will play 10 games during the XFL regular season beginning on Feb. 3, 2001. Home games will be played in Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium and ticket reservations may be obtained by logging on to www.xfl.com. Tillman to coach XFL NY/NJ franchise Stamford, Conn./East Rutherford, N.J., September 28, 2000 - XFL today announced that Rusty Tillman will serve as Head Coach for the NEW YORK/NEW JERSEY HITMEN. Tillman, who will oversee all HITMEN football operations, brings two decades of coaching experience to the XFL. Tillman coached 16 years with the Seattle Seahawks. During his jaunt in the Northwest, Tillman held a variety of coaching positions including, special teams (1979-82), tight end/special teams (1987-91), and defensive coordinator (1992-94) - a post he also held with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1995) and Indianapolis Colts (1998). Looked upon as one of the foremost special teams coaches in football, Tillman’s track record is impeccable. Under his tutelage in Seattle, his special teams squad was amidst the best in the league. The Seahawks’ special teamers led the league in punt coverage three times (1981, ‘83,’85), in kickoff coverage twice (1982-83) and once in average punt return (1985). Throughout his coaching career, special teams under Tillman’s direction gave up only one kickoff return for a touchdown in roughly 1,500 kickoffs. As a player, Tillman was overlooked in the draft, but signed with the Washington Redskins as a free agent and played seven years (1970-77) in the Nation’s Capitol. While in D.C., Tillman was dubbed "The King" for his versatility. He played seven different special teams positions and served as special teams captain from 1974-77. He was a member of Washington’s 1972 NFC Championship squad and his proficiency earned him a place on the Redskins’ 50th Anniversary Team. During his rookie season in Washington, Tillman had a chance to play for his boyhood idol, the venerable Vince Lombardi, just before the coaching icon passed away. Tillman also played for another coaching great, George Allen, while with the Redskins. Tillman was a two-time collegiate walk on, first with the University of Arizona, where he played for two seasons. He then transferred to Northern Arizona University where he played defensive end, linebacker, punter and tight end. While at NAU, he set the school record for punting average (44.5 yards/punt) and in 1984, was inducted to the NAU Athletics Hall of Fame. “Rusty brings a wealth of coaching experience to the XFL and the HITMEN; but it was his accomplishments as a special teams coach that allowed him to stand above the crowd,” said Drew Pearson, Vice President and General Manager of the HITMEN. “He has the ability to excel in the New York/New Jersey market because of his intensity and aggressive approach to the game.” Tillman is married to Lorri and they have three sons: Joshua (14), Jason (9) and Jacob(7); and a daughter, Rachael (11). Rusty also has a daughter, Emily (21). The Tillmans reside in Seattle, Wash. Although a native of Beliot, Wisc., Tillman is an avid New York sports fan. “I couldn’t be more excited about the opportunity to be one of only eight head coaches in the XFL,” said Tillman. “I’m truly looking forward coaching in New York/New Jersey, as I have many personal relationships and fond memories from coaching and playing in the area for so many years. I’m also elated that I will have a chance to interact with Drew Pearson on a regular basis.” The New York/New Jersey HITMEN will play 10 games during the XFL regular season beginning on February 3, 2001. Home games will be played at Giants Stadium. Ticket reservations and other information may be obtained by logging on to www.xfl.com 28 September 2000 XFL's Demons hire Jim Skipper as First Head Coach Former assistant Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator of NY Giants secured for San Francisco Team for 2001 Kickoff SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - Jim Skipper, former assistant head coach of the NFL’s New York Giants, has been selected to guide the XFL’s premiere season in the Bay Area as head coach, San Francisco Demons Vice President and General Manager Michael Preacher announced Thursday. Skipper assumes the reins with the Demons after coaching 14 years in the National Football League with three different franchises and three successful seasons with the Philadelphia-Baltimore Stars in the United States Football League in the mid-1980s. "Jim Skipper’s coaching philosophy is extremely conducive for the smash-mouth, aggressive style of football we promise to play in the XFL," Preacher said. "Simply, Jim will be trying to score on every play and nothing can be more exciting for the fans. "Add to that an abundance of experience as an offensive coordinator and running backs coach and he is a natural for our club," the Demons’ GM added. "To give up being the No. 2 man on a successful team in the biggest market in the NFL to join the Demons speaks volumes of the credibility the XFL has attained and we are extremely fortunate to have landed Jim Skipper." Skipper launched his coaching career in his home state of California and established his coaching reputation in the Bay Area during stints at San Jose State (1977-78) coaching the secondary and the next season at Pacific tutoring the running backs. He has worked on offense each year since. "It was not in my wildest dreams to think I would leave the New York Giants any time in the near future," Skipper said. "But, this opportunity to be a head coach in the XFL and return to the Bay Area was far too attractive to pass up. I had to go." After a three-year term in the Pacific-10 Conference at Oregon, Skipper embarked on his professional coaching career with three seasons in the USFL, helping the Stars to post-season appearances in each season. Skipper also was involved in playoff action four times during a 10-year commitment with the New Orleans (1987-90-91-92), including a 1991 NFC Western Division championship, and once strategizing with the New York Giants in 1997. Throughout his successful tenure in the NFL Skipper has mentored Pro-Bowl running backs Reuben Mayes and Dalton Hilliard, 1,000-yard back Gary Brown, and current Oakland Raiders star Tyrone Wheatley. Most recently, Skipper coached and developed the skills of one of the most dynamic tandems in Tiki Barber and Ron Dayne. Football receives a high priority in the Skipper family. Jim and wife Elmarie have three sons: Kelly, 33; Tim, 22, and Courtney, 19, all who have or are currently attending Fresno State. Kelly instructs running backs at UCLA and Tim is the Bulldogs’ three-year starting middle linebacker as a senior who was selected as the Western Athletic Conference defensive player of the week following last Saturday’s 17-3 victory over California. Skipper, a native of Brawley, Calif., holds a B.A. degree in physical education from Whittier College and began his coaching career at Cal Poly-Pomona during the 1974-76 seasons. He was an all-conference selection at Imperial Valley College (1968-69) and led the league in kickoff returns before transferring to Whittier where he paced the conference in punt returns during his 1970-71 career. The Demons are one of eight teams in the newly formed league co-owned by World Wrestling Federation Entertainment (NMSL: WWFE) and NBC. The XFL begins play Feb 3, 2001 in eight teams, including New York/New Jersey Hitmen, Chicago Enforcers, Orlando Rage, Las Vegas Outlaws, Los Angeles Xtreme, Birmingham Thunderbolts and Memphis Maniax. PERSONAL FACTS Born James Augustine Skipper on January 23, 1949 in Breaux Bridge, La. Family - Wife Elmarie, Sons Kelly (7-25-67), assistant football coach, UCLA; Timmy (4-15-78), senior linebacker at Fresno State University, and Courtney ( 3-29-81), sophomore at Fresno State University. Education B.A. Whittier College, 1973 (Physical Education); A.A. Imperial Valley Junior College, 1971. Professional Chronology - Cal Poly-Pomona, 1974-76, secondary; San Jose State, 1977-78, secondary, running backs; Pacific (1979), running backs; Oregon, 1980-82, running backs; Philadelphia/Baltimore Stars (USFL), 1983-85, running backs; New Orleans Saints (NFL), 1986-95, running backs; Arizona Cardinals (NFL), 1996, running backs; New York Giants, 1997-2000, assistant head coach, offensive coordinator and running backs. 28 September 2000 THEY'RE NOT CHEERLEADERS - BUT THEY PLAY THEM ON TV Behind the scenes of the XFL cheerleader commercial shoot Source: http://www.xfl.com When the XFL kicks-off on February 3, 2001, you can bet that the raw energy created by the debut of the newest professional sports league won’t only be attributable to the players. In the grand tradition of American football, there’s one thing that always generates some heat and excitement, the cheerleaders. And since the XFL’s cheerleaders will not be your typical beauty-queen wannabes, the woman chosen to star in the ads had to embody the same sort of natural charisma and enthusiasm that the XFL will seek in its cheerleaders, as well as, its players. And did we mention that the XFL Cheerleaders will also be really, really hot? Such a fact was not lost on The NBC Agency, which recently produced a series of eye-popping promos featuring women portraying the other stars of the new league - the XFL Cheerleaders. The campaign was conceived under the direction of John Miller, president of The NBC Agency, and Vince Manze, executive vice president/creative director. With WWF Entertainment’s David Sahadi as a consultant, The NBC Agency has created a campaign that is sexy yet clever and smart-definitely a difficult task. Recognizing that the sideline entertainment will garner as much attention as the action on the field, co-directors Joe Livecchi and John Bonito of NBC 2000 thought it would be a natural tie-in to introduce the world to the XFL cheerleaders by placing them in a variety of football-related settings. Their biggest challenge was to keep the footage of the women ‘tame’ enough for all audiences. One revealing promo, “Shower”, is a parody of the ‘bits n pieces’ choreography from Austin Powers fame and uses a continuous tracking shot of the cheerleaders washing up after a game. According to Livecchi, “There was a lot of nakedness. Finding what falls within what’s acceptable for television was somewhat of a challenge.” He’s not kidding. The spot required 28 takes to ensure that they had enough “air-able” material to make it past the censors. Other spots such as the hilarious “Shorty Shorts”, “Eyes”, or “Locker Room” show the individuality and umm...attributes...of each XFL Cheerleader. Livecchi acknowledges that, in the end, “We knew were pushing the line a little bit, which is after all, what the XFL is all about.” 5 October 2000 XFL announces inaugural schedule; campaign kicks off February 3 STAMFORD, CONN., Oct. 5 /CNW/ - The NY/NJ Hitmen will visit the Las Vegas Outlaws and the Orlando Rage will host the Chicago Enforcers when the XFL kicks off its inaugural season next February 3. The following day the Memphis Maniax are at the Birmingham Thunderbolts and the Los Angeles Xtreme travel to the San Francisco Demons to complete the league's first week of play. "I can't think of a more exciting way to unveil our product than with these four games," said XFL president Basil V. DeVito, Jr. "In Las Vegas, Orlando and Birmingham the XFL becomes THE pro football team in town and the Demons-Xtreme battle, set in beautiful Pacific Bell Park, marks the beginning of what is sure to be a great in-state rivalry." The 2001 XFL schedule includes a 10-week regular season and a two-game playoff weekend before concluding on April 21 with the league's first championship game. The title game will be televised by NBC, which also will telecast an XFL game in prime time each Saturday night of the regular season. Sunday XFL games will be telecast on UPN and on a national cable network. The XFL will feature two four-team conferences, with each team playing a home-and-home series against conference foes and single games against teams outside their conference. The Eastern Conference will include Birmingham, Chicago, NY/NJ and Orlando, while the Western Conference will be comprised of Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Memphis and San Francisco. The XFL is jointly owned and operated by World Wrestling Federation Entertainment, Inc. (NMS:WWFE) and NBC. Attached are the XFL week-by-week, team-by-team, NBC and UPN schedules. For more schedule and ticket information go to XFL.com. << XFL 2001 GAME SCHEDULE ---------------------- WEEKLY ------ WEEK 1 * ALL TIMES EASTERN WEEK 6 ------------------------------------ ---------------------------------- Saturday Feb 3 Saturday Mar 10 NY/NJ @ Las Vegas 8:00 PM Las Vegas @ Orlando 8:00 PM Chicago @ Orlando 8:00 PM Chicago @ Memphis 8:00 PM Sunday Feb 4 Sunday March 11 Memphis @ Birmingham TBA NY/NJ @ SF 4:00 PM LA @ San Francisco 4:00 PM LA @ Birmingham 7:00 PM ------------------------------------ ---------------------------------- WEEK 2 WEEK 7 ------------------------------------ ---------------------------------- Saturday Feb 10 Saturday Mar 17 Chicago @ LA 8:00 PM Memphis @ NY/NJ 8:00 PM San Francisco @ Orlando 8:00 PM Birmingham @ Las Vegas 8:00 PM Sunday Feb 11 Sunday Mar 18 Birmingham @ NY/NJ 4:00 PM Orlando @ LA 4:00 PM Las Vegas @ Memphis 7:00 PM San Francisco @ Chicago 7:00 PM ------------------------------------ ---------------------------------- WEEK 3 WEEK 8 ------------------------------------ ---------------------------------- Saturday Feb 17 Saturday Mar 24 San Francisco @ Memphis 8:00 PM Las Vegas @ LA 8:00 PM LA @ Las Vegas 8:00 PM Memphis @ San Francisco 8:00 PM Sunday Feb 18 Sunday Mar 25 Chicago @ Birmingham 4:00 PM Birmingham @ Chicago 4:00 PM Orlando @ NY/NJ 7:00 PM NY/NJ @ Orlando 7:00 PM ------------------------------------ ---------------------------------- WEEK 4 WEEK 9 ------------------------------------ ---------------------------------- Saturday Feb 24 Saturday March 31 NY/NJ @ Chicago 8:00 PM Chicago @ NY/NJ 8:00 PM Birmingham @ Orlando 8:00 PM Orlando @ Birmingham 8:00 PM Sunday Feb 25 Sunday April 1 Las Vegas @ San Francisco 4:00 PM LA @ Memphis 4:00 PM Memphis @ LA 7:00 PM San Francisco @ Las Vegas 7:00 PM ---------------------------------- ---------------------------------- WEEK 5 WEEK 10 ---------------------------------- ---------------------------------- Saturday March 3 Saturday April 7 LA @ NY/NJ 8:00 PM Orlando @ Chicago 8:00 PM Birmingham @ San Francisco Memphis @ Las Vegas 8:00 PM 8:00 PM Sunday March 4 Sunday April 8 Las Vegas @ Chicago 4:00 PM NY/NJ @ Birmingham 4:00 PM Orlando @ Memphis 7:00 PM San Francisco @ LA 7:00 PM ---------------------------------- ---------------------------------- XFL 2001 Team Schedules ----------------------- Los Angeles Xtreme *all times ET ---------------------------------------------- Week Date Opponent ---------------------------------------------- 1 Feb 4, 4 pm @ SF Demons ---------------------------------------------- 2 Feb 10, 8 pm CHICAGO ENFORCERS ---------------------------------------------- 3 Feb 17, 8 pm @ Las Vegas Outlaws ---------------------------------------------- 4 Feb 25, 7 pm MEMPHIS MANIAX ---------------------------------------------- 5 Mar 3, 8 pm @ NY/NJ Hitmen ---------------------------------------------- 6 Mar 11, 7 pm @ Birmingham Bolts ---------------------------------------------- 7 Mar 18, 4 pm ORLANDO RAGE ---------------------------------------------- 8 Mar 24, 8 pm LAS VEGAS OUTLAWS ---------------------------------------------- 9 Apr 1, 4 pm @ Memphis Maniax ---------------------------------------------- 10 Apr 8, 7 pm SF DEMONS ---------------------------------------------- Chicago Enforcers *all times ET ---------------------------------------------- Week Date Opponent ---------------------------------------------- 1 Feb 3, 8 pm @ Orlando Rage ---------------------------------------------- 2 Feb 10, 8 pm @ LA Xtreme ---------------------------------------------- 3 Feb 18, 4 pm @ Birmingham Bolts ---------------------------------------------- 4 Feb 24, 8 pm NY/NJ HITMEN ---------------------------------------------- 5 Mar 4, 4 pm LAS VEGAS OUTLAWS ---------------------------------------------- 6 Mar 10, 8pm @ Memphis Maniax ---------------------------------------------- 7 Mar 18, 7 pm SF DEMONS ---------------------------------------------- 8 Mar 25, 4 pm BIRMINGHAM BOLTS ---------------------------------------------- 9 Mar 31, 8 pm @ NY/NJ Hitmen ---------------------------------------------- 10 Apr 7, 8 pm ORLANDO RAGE ---------------------------------------------- Memphis Maniax *all times ET ---------------------------------------------- Week Date Opponent ---------------------------------------------- 1 Feb 4, tba @ Birmingham Bolts ---------------------------------------------- 2 Feb 11, 7 pm LAS VEGAS OUTLAWS ---------------------------------------------- 3 Feb 17, 8 pm SF DEMONS ---------------------------------------------- 4 Feb 25, 7 pm @ LA Xtreme ---------------------------------------------- 5 Mar 4, 7 pm ORLANDO RAGE ---------------------------------------------- 6 Mar 10, 8 pm CHICAGO ENFORCERS ---------------------------------------------- 7 Mar 17, 8 pm @ NY/NJ Hitmen ---------------------------------------------- 8 Mar 24, 8 pm @ SF Demons ---------------------------------------------- 9 Apr 1, 4 pm LA XTREME ---------------------------------------------- 10 Apr 7, 8 pm @ Las Vegas Outlaws ---------------------------------------------- Orlando Rage *all times ET ---------------------------------------------- Week Date Opponent ---------------------------------------------- 1 Feb 3, 8 pm CHICAGO ENFORCERS ---------------------------------------------- 2 Feb 10, 8 pm SF DEMONS ---------------------------------------------- 3 Feb 18, 7 pm @ NY/NJ Hitmen ---------------------------------------------- 4 Feb 24, 8 pm BIRMINGHAM BOLTS ---------------------------------------------- 5 Mar 4, 7 pm @ Memphis Maniax ---------------------------------------------- 6 Mar 10, 8 pm LAS VEGAS OUTLAWS ---------------------------------------------- 7 Mar 18, 4 pm @ LA Xtreme ---------------------------------------------- 8 Mar 25, 7 pm NY/NJ Hitmen ---------------------------------------------- 9 Mar 31, 8 pm @ Birmingham Bolts ---------------------------------------------- 10 Apr 7, 8 pm @ Chicago Enforcers ---------------------------------------------- San Francisco Demons *all times ET ---------------------------------------------- Week Date Opponent ---------------------------------------------- 1 Feb 4, 4 pm LA XTREME ---------------------------------------------- 2 Feb 10, 8 pm @ Orlando Rage ---------------------------------------------- 3 Feb 17, 8 pm @ Memphis Maniax ---------------------------------------------- 4 Feb 25, 4 pm LAS VEGAS OUTLAWS ---------------------------------------------- 5 Mar 3, 8 pm BIRMINGHAM BOLTS ---------------------------------------------- 6 Mar 11, 4 pm NY/NJ HITMEN ---------------------------------------------- 7 Mar 18, 7 pm @ Chicago Enforcers ---------------------------------------------- 8 Mar 24, 8 pm MEMPHIS MANIAX ---------------------------------------------- 9 Apr 1, 7 pm @ Las Vegas Outlaws ---------------------------------------------- 10 Apr 8, 7 pm @ LA Xtreme ---------------------------------------------- Birmingham Thunderbolts *all times ET ---------------------------------------------- Week Date Opponent ---------------------------------------------- 1 Feb 4, tba MEMPHIS MANIAX ---------------------------------------------- 2 Feb 11, 4 pm @ NY/NJ Hitmen ---------------------------------------------- 3 Feb 18, 4 pm CHICAGO ENFORCERS ---------------------------------------------- 4 Feb 24, 8 pm @ Orlando Rage ---------------------------------------------- 5 Mar 3, 8 pm @ SF Demons ---------------------------------------------- 6 Mar 11, 7 pm LA XTREME ---------------------------------------------- 7 Mar 17, 8 pm @ Las Vegas Outlaws ---------------------------------------------- 8 Mar 25, 4 pm @ Chicago Enforcers ---------------------------------------------- 9 Mar 31, 8 pm ORLANDO RAGE ---------------------------------------------- 10 Apr 8, 4 pm NY/NJ HITMEN ---------------------------------------------- NY/NJ Hitmen *all times ET ---------------------------------------------- Week Date Opponent ---------------------------------------------- 1 Feb 3, 8 pm @ Las Vegas Outlaws ---------------------------------------------- 2 Feb 11, 4 pm BIRMINGHAM BOLTS ---------------------------------------------- 3 Feb 18, 7 pm ORLANDO RAGE ---------------------------------------------- 4 Feb 24, 8 pm @ Chicago Enforcers ---------------------------------------------- 5 Mar 3, 8 pm LA XTREME ---------------------------------------------- 6 Mar 11, 4 pm @ SF Demons ---------------------------------------------- 7 Mar 17, 8 pm MEMPHIS MANIAX ---------------------------------------------- 8 Mar 25, 7 pm @ Orlando Rage ---------------------------------------------- 9 Mar 31, 8 pm CHICAGO ENFORCERS ---------------------------------------------- 10 Apr 8, 4 pm @ Birmingham Bolts ---------------------------------------------- Las Vegas Outlaws *all times ET ---------------------------------------------- Week Date Opponent ---------------------------------------------- 1 Feb 3, 8 pm NY/NJ HITMEN ---------------------------------------------- 2 Feb 11, 7 pm @ Memphis Maniax ---------------------------------------------- 3 Feb 17, 8 pm LA XTREME ---------------------------------------------- 4 Feb 25, 4 pm @ SF Demons ---------------------------------------------- 5 Mar 4, 4 pm @ Chicago Enforcers ---------------------------------------------- 6 Mar 10, 8 pm @ Orlando Rage ---------------------------------------------- 7 Mar 17, 8 pm BIRMINGHAM BOLTS ---------------------------------------------- 8 Mar 24, 8 pm @ LA Xtreme ---------------------------------------------- 9 Apr 1, 7 pm SF DEMONS ---------------------------------------------- 10 Apr 7, 8 pm MEMPHIS MANIAX ---------------------------------------------- XFL 2001 NBC GAME SCHEDULE * All start times 8 pm ET --------------------------------------------------------------------- WEEK DATE GAME --------------------------------------------------------------------- 1 2/3 NY/NJ Hitmen @ Las Vegas Outlaws Chicago Enforcers @ Orlando Rage --------------------------------------------------------------------- 2 2/10 Chicago Enforcers @ LA Xtreme San Francisco Demons @ Orlando Rage --------------------------------------------------------------------- 3 2/17 San Francisco Demons @ Memphis Maniax LA Xtreme @ Las Vegas Outlaws --------------------------------------------------------------------- 4 2/24 NY/NJ Hitmen @ Chicago Enforcers Birmingham Thunderbolts @ Orlando Rage --------------------------------------------------------------------- 5 3/3 LA Xtreme @ NY/NJ Hitmen Birmingham Thunderbolts @ San Francisco Demons --------------------------------------------------------------------- 6 3/10 Las Vegas Outlaws @ Orlando Rage Chicago Enforcers @ Memphis Maniax --------------------------------------------------------------------- 7 3/17 Memphis Maniax @ NY/NJ Hitmen Birmingham Thunderbolts @ Las Vegas Outlaws --------------------------------------------------------------------- 8 3/24 Las Vegas Outlaws @ LA Xtreme Memphis Maniax @ San Francisco Demons --------------------------------------------------------------------- 9 3/31 Chicago Enforcers @ NY/NJ Hitmen Orlando Rage @ Birmingham Thunderbolts --------------------------------------------------------------------- 10 4/7 Orlando Rage @ Chicago Enforcers Memphis Maniax @ Las Vegas Outlaws --------------------------------------------------------------------- 11 4/14 XFL PLAYOFF GAME No. 1 --------------------------------------------------------------------- 12 4/21 XFL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME --------------------------------------------------------------------- * NBC will telecast one national game each week XFL 2001 UPN GAME SCHEDULE --------------------------------------------------------------------- WEEK DATE GAME * all start times 7 pm ---- ---- ---- ET unless noted --------------------------------------------------------------------- 1 2/4 LA Xtreme @ SF Demons (4 pm ET) --------------------------------------------------------------------- 2 2/11 Las Vegas Outlaws @ Memphis Maniax --------------------------------------------------------------------- 3 2/18 Orlando Rage @ NY/NJ Hitmen --------------------------------------------------------------------- 4 2/25 Memphis Maniax @ LA Xtreme --------------------------------------------------------------------- 5 3/4 Orlando Rage @ Memphis Maniax --------------------------------------------------------------------- 6 3/11 LA Xtreme @ Birmingham Thunderbolts --------------------------------------------------------------------- 7 3/18 SF Demons @ Chicago Enforcers --------------------------------------------------------------------- 8 3/25 NY/NJ Hitmen @ Orlando Rage --------------------------------------------------------------------- 9 4/1 SF Demons @ Las Vegas Outlaws --------------------------------------------------------------------- 10 4/8 SF Demons @ LA Xtreme --------------------------------------------------------------------- 11 4/15 XFL PLAYOFF GAME No. 2 --------------------------------------------------------------------- 18 October 2000 Dick Butkus elevated to key XFL League position; Ron Meyer named new Enforcers head coach Chicago, IL, October 18- Dick Butkus has been elevated to the position of XFL Director of Football Competition, Basil V. DeVito, Jr., XFL President, announced today. DeVito also announced that Ron Meyer, a two-time NFL AFC Coach of the Year and current TV analyst, will replace the legendary Butkus at the helm of the Chicago Enforcers. Among Butkus’ new duties are monitoring and enforcing XFL rules; reviewing and monitoring team staffing to ensure fairness and consistency among and within teams; representing the league at games, training sessions, mini-camps and tryouts; and participating as a member of the XFL rules committee. Butkus’ role will be similar to that played by Frank Robinson at Major League Baseball. "The XFL has been designed, and our rules have been written, to promote an exciting brand of football while at the same time creating an equal playing field and environment for all of our teams,” said DeVito. “Who better than Dick Butkus to focus on this aspect of our game?” Said Butkus, "I look forward to the challenges of my new job and I am committed to the XFL and delivering the kind of football I’ve always been associated with." As Butkus’ successor, Meyer brings with him a long, successful career in coaching on the professional, collegiate and high school levels, including stints with the Indianapolis Colts (1986-91) and New England Patriots (1982-84). In 1987, Meyer led the Colts to their first division title in more than a decade, and earned AFC Coach of the Year. Meyer was also named AFC Coach of the Year following the 1982 season, when he guided a Patriots team that had been 2-14 the previous year to a 5-4 record in a strike shortened season. Meyer has also served as head coach of the CFL’s Las Vegas Posse. A defensive back at Purdue University, Meyer began his coaching career at the high school level in the Hoosier State before moving on to his college alma mater as an offensive assistant. During his tenure in West Lafayette, the Boilermakers recorded a rare Rose Bowl victory. As a collegiate head coach, Meyer won national coach of the year honors twice by turning around programs at UNLV (1973-75) and SMU (1976-81). Since leaving the coaching ranks, Meyer has worked as a television broadcaster, and is currently NFL analyst for CNN/Sports Illustrated. "Ron Meyer has been a winning coach at every level of the game," said DeVito. "Adding someone of his stature to the XFL further demonstrates our commitment to providing fans with the highest level of football excellence." "I’m ecstatic about the opportunity to return to coaching, especially with a new entity like the XFL and all it promises,” said Meyer. “My plan is to hit the ground with both feet running so that I can deliver to the fans of Chicago the exciting football they expect.” The XFL, which kicks off its inaugural season February 3, 2001, is jointly owned and operated by World Wrestling Federation Entertainment, Inc. (NMS: WWFE) and NBC. 15 November 2000 World Wrestling Federation Entertainment, Inc. and The Score Television Network sign 3-year broadcast agreement STAMFORD, CT, Nov. 15 /CNW/ - World Wrestling Federation Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: WWF) announced today that it has signed a three-year contract with The Score Television Network to broadcast WWFE's highly successful television program, SmackDown!(TM), beginning November 16, 2000. The deal also includes the rights to broadcast WWF Metal(TM) for three years beginning mid-December of this year and certain XFL(TM) games for a period of two years beginning February 2001. "We believe that there is significant untapped potential to introduce our programming in the Canadian market and our deal with The Score provides us with the perfect partner to realize this potential," said Linda McMahon, Chief Executive Officer. "This is yet another of a series of recent agreements that will enable the Company to expand its reach outside of the US market and meet the worldwide demand of our ever-increasing fan base." The agreement consists of a three-year contract with options for The Score to extend the contract for two additional years. The Score will pay WWFE an annual television rights fee and WWFE will retain the rights to sell 100% of the commercial inventory on SmackDown! In return, WWFE will remit a percentage of the net proceeds to The Score. Additionally, WWFE will take an equity position in The Score's parent company, Headline Media Group Inc. (HMGI), subject to the approval of The Toronto Stock Exchange and the pending completion of the reverse takeover transaction whereby Old Canada Investment Corporation Limited (TSE:OCI) acquires The Score and OCI is renamed Headline Media Group Inc. Under the agreement, WWFE will initially subscribe for 222,223 Class A Subordinate Voting Shares of HMGI and will have an option to acquire an additional 5,005,777 Class A Subordinate Voting Shares over an option exercise period that expires on February 28, 2002. In aggregate, the initial subscription and shares subject to the option will represent up to 10% of the total issued and outstanding shares of HMGI. The initial subscription price and option exercise price is CDN$4.50 per share. "It has been our intention to introduce SmackDown! and WWF Metal to our Canadian fans for quite some time," said Carl DeMarco, President, WWFE Canada, Inc. "The opportunity to join forces with The Score and introduce additional WWFE programming into the Canadian market will certainly broaden our appeal with all of our viewers. Our fans and the 4.6 million subscribers on The Score television network can now view a full complement of WWFE programming. This will enable our avid and loyal fans to better keep up with our weekly story lines and view, what promises to be, an exciting new brand of football with the kick off of the XFL." SmackDown! will air Thursday evenings from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. with a repeat currently scheduled from 11:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. the same evening. SmackDown! currently airs on UPN in the United States and has been UPN's number one prime time program since its premiere in August 1999. The introduction of SmackDown! will augment other WWFE programs (Sunday Night Heat(R); Raw is War(R), and Livewire(TM)) currently broadcast in the Canadian market. WWF Metal is currently scheduled to be broadcast Saturdays from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and rebroadcast from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Sunday evenings. In addition to obtaining the broadcasting rights to SmackDown! and WWF Metal, The Score also signed a two-year agreement to broadcast one XFL game every Sunday during the regular season as well as two playoff games and the Championship game. The opening kick off for the XFL is scheduled for February 3, 2001. "We are delighted to have WWFE and the XFL as programming partners", said John Levy, President and CEO of The Score. "The equity investment by WWFE is an endorsement of our programming vision and will enable us to draw upon WWFE's unparalleled brand building, marketing and promotional expertise as we build out The Score brand as Canada's source for sports news, information and targeted live event programming." World Wrestling Federation Entertainment, Inc. is an integrated media and entertainment company headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut, with sale offices in New York City, Chicago and Toronto. The company is an equal partner with NBC in the XFL, a new professional football league scheduled to kickoff in February 2001. The company can be found online at wwf.com and wwfecorpbiz.com. The Score brings Canadians sports highlights, news, information and live event programming in a non-traditional fast paced format. The Score is Canada's only sports network with a ticker that never sleeps - bringing Canadians all the breaking sports news and information 24 hours a day, even while games are in progress. Forward-Looking Statements : This news release contains forward-looking statements which are subject to various risks and uncertainties. These risks and uncertainties include the conditions of the markets for live events, broadcast television, cable television, pay-per-view, Internet, food and beverage, entertainment, professional sports, and licensed merchandise; acceptance of the Company's brands, media and merchandise within those markets; and other risks and factors identified in documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Actual results could differ materially from those currently anticipated. 16 November 2000 NBC names Jesse Ventura XFL Analyst Jesse Ventura, whose candor and fresh perspective helped him get elected governor of Minnesota in 1998, today was named analyst on NBC’s upcoming XFL broadcasts. The joint announcement was made by Dick Ebersol, Chairman NBC Sports and Olympics and Vince McMahon, Chairman of World Wrestling Federation Entertainment, Inc. The XFL, which is co-owned and operated by WWFE, Inc. and NBC, begins its first season on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2001. NBC will televise a weekly game in primetime each Saturday at 8 p.m. ET. “We’re thrilled to have one of the most interesting and colorful leaders in America today joining us as an integral part of the XFL,” said Ebersol. “This demonstrates our commitment to present real football in a fresh, new, fun way.” Said McMahon: "The XFL will be the best reality show on television and nobody can add color commentary to our brand of football the way Jesse Ventura can. He's naturally opinionated, charismatic, and genuine -- just like the XFL will be. From day one, we've promised that the XFL will allow the true personality of the game to shine and we believe that Jesse is the best person to make that happen." Ventura’s job approval rating of 71 percent is the highest of any governor in Minnesota’s history and ranks among the highest of any governor in recent memory. His previous broadcasting experience includes two years (1989-90) as the NFL Tampa Bay Buccaneers radio analyst. He also worked one season on Minnesota Vikings radio broadcasts. In addition, Ventura hosted a sports radio talk show in Minneapolis. Ventura’s professional wrestling career spanned 11 years. He was known as one of the best interviews and most colorful and popular entertainers in the sport. When his in-ring career was complete, he became an analyst with the WWF and co-hosted the WWF’s “Prime Time Wrestling.” He also hosted a WWF talk show called “The Body Shop.” In 1984, Ventura - a former Navy SEAL who served in Vietnam - retired from wrestling and became an actor. He has appeared in several films including Predator (with Arnold Schwarzenegger) and Batman & Robin. The XFL’s eight teams will play a 10-week regular season and a two-week playoff, culminating with the XFL championship game on April 21, 2001. XFL rule modifications - most notably its “no fair catch” rule - are designed to add excitement while encouraging offense. NBC’s coverage will provide viewers with an “all-access backstage pass” through the use of cameras and microphones placed everywhere from the players and coaches themselves to the huddles and sidelines. The eight teams are: Birmingham Thunderbolts, Chicago Enforcers, New York/New Jersey Hitmen, Orlando Rage, Memphis Maniax, San Francisco Demons, Los Angeles Xtreme and Las Vegas Outlaws. 21 November 2000 NBC Names Matt Vasgersian XFL Play-by-Play Announcer FOX Sports Net and Brewers Announcer Joins Jesse Ventura Reporters Adamle and Roggin Complete NBC's XFL Team Matt Vasgersian has been named NBC's play-by-play announcer for the network's Saturday night XFL broadcasts. Vasgersian, 33, will work alongside analyst Jesse Ventura. The announcement was made today by Dick Ebersol, Chairman NBC Sports. Since 1997, Vasgersian has been the Milwaukee Brewers television play-by-play announcer. For the past year, he has hosted "Sports Geniuses," the sports trivia game show on FOX Sports Net. "Matt Vasgersian is one of the best young talents I've seen in a long time," Ebersol said. "His enthusiastic and creative style and quick wit will be a great complement to Jesse's candor and fresh perspective. They will definitely keep the fans entertained." Said Vasgersian, "I made it clear from the outset that if they were looking for a Ronnie Radio-type, I was the wrong guy. I'm really excited to be part of something that doesn't require cliched sports-speak at every turn. And I can't wait to give the governor a harrumph." Mike Adamle and Fred Roggin will handle reporting duties on NBC's Saturday night XFL broadcasts. Adamle is the sports director at WMAQ, NBC's owned and operated station in Chicago and a seven-year NFL veteran. Roggin is the sports director at KNBC, NBC's owned and operated station in Los Angeles. Both were part of NBC's broadcast team for the Sydney Olympic Games. "Never have reporters been more important than they will be on XFL broadcasts," said Ebersol. "With our 'all-access' approach, Mike and Fred will be called upon to bring viewers closer to the action by interviewing players and coaches during the games. They will add a great deal to the fan's experience each Saturday night." NBC's XFL coverage will provide viewers with an "all-access backstage pass" through the use of cameras and microphones placed everywhere from the players and coaches themselves to the huddles and sidelines. Adamle and Roggin's in-game interviews will for the first time provide viewers with immediate insights from coaches and players on current game situations. The XFL, which is co-owned and operated by WWFE, Inc. and NBC, begins its first season on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2001. NBC will televise a weekly game in primetime each Saturday at 8 p.m. ET. The XFL's eight teams will play a 10-week regular season and a two-week playoff, culminating with the XFL championship game on April 21, 2001. XFL rule modifications - most notably its "no fair catch" rule - are designed to add excitement while encouraging offense. The eight teams are: Birmingham Thunderbolts, Chicago Enforcers, New York/New Jersey Hitmen, Orlando Rage, Memphis Maniax, San Francisco Demons, Los Angeles Xtreme and Las Vegas Outlaws Biography: Matt Vasgersian - XFL Play-by-Play Announcer Matt Vasgersian will be NBC's play-by-play announcer calling the network's Saturday night XFL broadcasts alongside analyst Jesse Ventura. Since 1997, Vasgersian has been the Milwaukee Brewers television play-by-play announcer. In addition to his past four seasons with the Brewers, Vasgersian also handled baseball on a national level as play-by-play on Fox Sports Net baseball Thursday and F/X baseball Saturday night. He also has been the host of "Sports Geniuses," a sports trivia game show that debuted on FOX Sports Net in March 2000. In addition, Vasgersian also hosts the "Toughman World Champions" series for FX. Vasgersian began his play-by-play career in 1991 in Huntington, W. Va., where he worked for the Chicago Cubs Class-A affiliate. He rose through the minor league baseball ranks with stops in High Desert (Aldelanto, Calif. Home of San Diego's Class-A team) in 1992, El Paso, Texas (Double-A, Milwaukee) in 1993-94, Syracuse, N.Y. (Triple-A, Toronto) in 1995 and Tucson, Ariz. (Triple-A, Houston) in 1996. In 1995, Vasgersian also teamed with Steve Lyons on the Baseball Across America Tour, calling minor league games of the week for ESPN2. Additional experience with ESPN2 included play-by-play work on both the Double-A and Triple-A All-Star Games in 1995 and the Triple-A All-Star Game in 1996. He has been a member of the Screen Actors Guild since childhood. His acting credits include guest-starring roles in an episode of "The Streets of San Francisco" and the film "The Candidate" starring Robert Redford. Vasgersian is a graduate of the University of Southern California. He is also the celebrity spokesman for the Variety Club, a children's charity group in Milwaukee. Biography: Mike Adamle - XFL Reporter Mike Adamle, sports director of WMAQ-TV, NBC's owned and operated station in Chicago, will be a reporter for the network's Saturday night XFL broadcasts. After retiring from the National Football League after seven seasons, Adamle joined NBC Sports. From 1977-83, he hosted "SportsWorld," co-hosted the network's NFL pre-game show (1978-81) and handled a variety of assignments, including three Super Bowls. He also was the sideline reporter for ABC's coverage of the USFL in 1984. Adamle was a member of NBC's broadcast team for the Sydney Olympic Games. Adamle was the sports anchor/reporter for WLS-TV/Chicago from 1983-89. From 1989-94, Adamle handled Wide World of Sports assignments for ABC, in addition to hosting "American Gladiators," a popular syndicated series. Adamle came to WMAQ from ESPN2 where he hosted a college football studio show each Saturday during the season beginning in 1996. He also hosted The X-Games late night shows and "Destination Extreme" programming, along with the network's Pro Beach Volleyball and Special Olympics coverage. Adamle joined ESPN in 1994 as the cable network's lead sideline reporter on college football. Adamle was a fourth-round draft choice of the Kansas City Chiefs (1971-72) and also played for the New York Jets (1973-74) and the Chicago Bears (1975-77). A 1971 graduate of Northwestern University and All-American fullback for the Wildcats, Adamle was also selected as the team's captain and voted Big Ten MVP his senior season (1970). He still holds four NU rushing records. Adamle recently completed the Ironman triathlon in Hawaii. He and his wife Kim, have a daughter, Alex. Biography: Fred Roggin - XFL Reporter Fred Roggin, sports director for NBC's Los Angeles owned and operated station, KNBC, will be a reporter on the network's Saturday night XFL broadcasts. Roggin is coming off his first Olympics for the network, where he served as a boxing reporter in Sydney. He also handled reporting duties during NBC Sports' coverage of the 2000 Olympic Boxing Trials. Roggin's nationally syndicated sports highlight show, "Roggin's Heroes," earned him a cult following and appearances on "The Tonight Show." Roggin headed up KNBC's Olympic coverage from Los Angeles at the 1984 Games, and provided local reports for KNBC from Seoul (1988), Barcelona (1992) and Atlanta (1996). He has also covered every major event from the World Series and NBA Finals to the Super Bowl and World Cup Soccer. Roggin is a supporter of the Animal Sanctuary of Southern California. He lives in the Los Angeles area with his wife, Rachel, and five children. 29 November 2000 XFL Signs TV Deal with the National Network TNN: THE NATIONAL NETWORK has become the exclusive cable home of the XFL, Diane Robina, General Manager, TNN, and Basil V. DeVito, Jr., President, XFL, announced today. XFL games will telecast live on TNN on Sunday afternoons (4:00 PM, ET) beginning February 11, 2001 and continuing through April 8. In all, nine XFL games will air on TNN (see schedule below), commencing with a matchup between the New York/New Jersey Hitmen and Birmingham Thunderbolts at legendary Giants Stadium. TNN telecasts will be produced by the XFL. "XFL's unique brand of football -- the way it was meant to be played -- will make TNN 'pop' as a Sunday afternoon destination for millions of fans,'' says Ms. Robina. "XFL will be a total fan experience, with the highest production values and innovations, intense team action and rivalries.'' "We are excited to welcome TNN as our cable partner,'' said DeVito. "Fans who tune in to TNN on Sunday afternoons will experience a different type of football telecast, one that we believe will change how sports is presented on TV.'' Consisting of eight teams -- New York/New Jersey Hitmen, Los Angeles Xtreme, Chicago Enforcers, San Francisco Demons, Orlando Rage, Las Vegas Outlaws, Memphis Maniax and Birmingham Thunderbolts -- playing a 10-game regular season, the XFL promises the type of smash-mouth football not seen since the sport was in its heyday a couple of decades ago. In creating the ultimate pop culture experience for TNN viewers, the XFL will provide fans with an "all-access backstage pass'' via cameras positioned in locker rooms, on sidelines and in the helmets of selected players. XFL players, coaches, locker rooms and huddles will also be miked, providing viewers with unique insight into the strategy of the game and enabling them to fully experience the true emotion, attitude and intensity of the players, both on and off the field. Through rule changes designed to enhance the action and speed of the game, along with broadcast television innovations that will bring fans "inside the game,'' the XFL will recapture the natural personality, fun and intensity of pro football. The XFL schedule on TNN (all games begin at 4:00 PM ET): Sunday, February 11 Birmingham at New York/New Jersey Sunday, February 18 Chicago at Birmingham Sunday, February 25 Las Vegas at San Francisco Sunday, March 4 Las Vegas at Chicago Sunday, March 11 New York/New Jersey at San Francisco Sunday, March 18 Orlando at Los Angeles Sunday, March 25 New York/New Jersey at Orlando Sunday, April 1 Los Angeles at Memphis Sunday, April 8 New York/New Jersey at Birmingham The XFL is jointly owned and operated by World Wrestling Federation Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: WWF - news) and NBC. TNN: THE NATIONAL NETWORK is a branded general entertainment channel targeting adults 18-49 and featuring the tops in pop culture, including the highest rated program on cable, WWF RAW IS WAR. Under the banner of "We've Got Pop,'' TNN showcases its viewers talking about what's pop on television, music, their hometowns, whatever's on their minds. Calling in to 1-888-POP- 1090, TNN viewers say the World Wrestling Federation, professional bull riding, Arena Football, motorsports, more outdoors programs than any other network, DUKES OF HAZZARD, 18 WHEELS OF JUSTICE, movies ... are "pop'' on TNN. This mix of programming will be supplemented with new programming, including hits from Viacom's libraries and original programming from Viacom production companies, achieving 50% original programming by the year 2005. 11 December 2000 Success is in the cards - XFL names Topps exclusive trading card licensee STAMFORD, CT (Monday, December 11, 2000) -- The XFL today named Topps as its exclusive trading card licensee. Topps’ XFL product for the inaugural season is scheduled to hit retail shelves in March 2001, with premium-quality collector cards featuring players from each of the league’s eight teams, including popular autograph and authentic relic inserts. Topps will also produce cards featuring XFL cheerleaders. “When you think of trading cards, you think of Topps,” said XFL President Basil V. DeVito, Jr. “Their products are and have always been first class, and we are excited to have their expertise to help us showcase our league in such an important way.” Topps’ XFL collector cards will feature juiced-up graphics and “smash-mouth” action photography. “When it comes to producing explosive, edge-of-your-seat entertainment, nobody does it better than the folks at the WWF,” said Ira Friedman, Topps VP/Publishing. “Add to the equation the primetime exposure and promotional support from NBC and it’s no surprise we’re thrilled with this opportunity.” The XFL is jointly owned and operated by World Wrestling Federation Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: WWF) and NBC. The XFL will be 100 percent competitive sport and will feature eight teams: the Chicago Enforcers, Birmingham Thunderbolts, Los Angeles Xtreme, Las Vegas Outlaws, Memphis Maniax, New York/New Jersey Hitmen, Orlando Rage and the San Francisco Demons. The XFL’s inaugural season will kickoff on February 3, 2001 and will conclude with the championship game on April 21. XFL games will be televised nationally on NBC, UPN and TNN. For the complete XFL schedule go to XFL.com. The Topps Company, Inc. is an international marketer of entertainment products, principally collectible trading cards, confections and sticker album collections. Founded in 1938, Topps created Bazooka bubble gum in1947 and marketed its first baseball cards in 1951. 18 December 2000 Connie Kowal Named Vice President/General Manager of Chicago Enforcers CHICAGO--(BW SportsWire)--Dec. 18, 2000--Conrad "Connie'' Kowal, a Chicago sports marketing executive for over 20 years, has been named Vice President/General Manager of the Chicago Enforcers, it was announced today by XFL President Basil DeVito. Kowal replaces Acting General Manager Rich Rose, who will remain with the Enforcers as a consultant. Rose will also continue in his role as a consultant to the XFL. "Connie brings a great deal of experience working in the Chicago market,'' said DeVito. "His background in marketing and public relations, as well as his management skills, make him a great fit for us. His most recent position with The Chicago Motor Speedway makes him familiar with the unique challenges of a start-up as well. Rich Rose has done a superb job over the last few months keeping the Enforcers headed in the right direction and near the top of the league in tickets sold. I'll be glad to have him back at the XFL League Office.'' "The Chicago Enforcers will be in good hands with the addition of Connie Kowal as Vice President and General Manager,'' said Rose. "He's been involved with team administration and sports start-ups, two experiences that will prove invaluable to him in his new role. I have enjoyed the opportunity of working with a great staff here in Chicago and know that Connie will do everything to make it even better.'' Since 1998, Kowal has served as Vice President of Marketing and Broadcasting for The Chicago Motor Speedway. In that position, he helped develop and coordinate the Speedway's marketing, promotional, broadcasting and sponsorship sales. His efforts helped the first-ever CART race held in the Chicago area attract a sell-out crowd of over 70,000 in 1999. "I'm very excited to join the Chicago Enforcers and the XFL,'' said Kowal. "I'm ready to work with the Enforcers front office staff, Head Coach Ron Meyer and his staff, the Enforcers players and the XFL offices. We plan to deliver all-out football in a fun, entertaining and exciting way for the fans of Chicago.'' Prior to working at the Chicago Motor Speedway, Kowal worked for the Chicago Cubs in a variety of capacities for 13 years from 1985-98. At the Cubs, he served as Director of Special Events as well as Assistant Director of Marketing. He also was the Cubs Director of Minor League Business Operations for five years. In 1980, Kowal broke into the sports field as the Director of Public Relations for the Chicago Sting soccer team. During his tenure, the Sting captured the North American Soccer League (NASL) Championships in 1981 and 1984. From 1976-80, Kowal taught Government at Mundelein (Ill.) High School where he also coached baseball, basketball and golf. A 1974 graduate of Western Illinois University with a degree in Political Science, Kowal was a member of the baseball team at WIU. A life-long Chicago area resident, Kowal and his wife Sally, along with their children Lauren and K.C., reside in Libertyville, Ill. The XFL, which kicks off its season February 3, 2001, is jointly owned and operated by World Wrestling Federation Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: WWFE - news) and NBC. The Enforcers home opener is Feb. 24 and season ticket are on sale now. For more ticket information call 866-XFL-GAME. Wednesday January 3, 2001 Press Release XFL Pre-Season Training Camps Underway in Orlando and Las Vegas Season to Kickoff February 3 STAMFORD, Conn.--Jan. 3, 2001--With kickoff of the inaugural XFL season only one month away, the league's eight teams have opened their first-ever pre-season training camps in Orlando and Las Vegas. Officially getting underway this past Monday with player physicals, team meetings and other administrative activities, on-field practice starts today for the coaching staffs and 70-man squads in each camp. Over the next four weeks, teams will prepare for the season's February 3 kickoff, with rosters being trimmed to 38 active players and seven reserves by January 28. Training in the Orlando area will be the XFL's four East Division teams (Birmingham Thunderbolts, Chicago Enforcers, New York/New Jersey Hitmen and Orlando Rage) while the West Division squads (Las Vegas Outlaws, Los Angeles Xtreme, Memphis Maniax and San Francisco Demons) will workout in the Las Vegas area. (See below for detailed XFL training camp information.) "The opening of training camps represents another major milestone in the development of our league,'' said XFL President, Basil V. DeVito, Jr. "The creation of the XFL was announced on February 3, 2000 and our season begins February 3, 2001, so this means we're in the homestretch.'' The XFL is jointly owned and operated by World Wrestling Federation Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: WWF - news) and NBC. XFL Pre-Season Training Camp Sites Orlando Las Vegas Birmingham Thunderbolts Las Vegas Outlaws Citrus Bowl -- Tinker Field Sam Boyd Stadium 1610 W. Church St. Las Vegas, NV 89154 Orlando, FL 32801 Contact: Kent Partridge Contact: Trey Fitz-Gerald (205) 488-2665 (702) 939-6006 Chicago Enforcers Los Angeles Xtreme Winter Park High School Sam Boyd Stadium 2100 Summerfield Road Las Vegas, NV 89154 Winter Park, FL 32792 Contact: John Lanctot Contact: Drew Ohlmeyer (312) 220-9678 (213) 743-3241 New York/New Jersey Hitmen Memphis Maniax Trinity Prep High School Foothill High School 5700 Trinity Prep Lane 800 College Drive Winter Park, FL 32792 Henderson, NV 89015 Contact: Jon Schwartz Contact: Tim Clodjeaux (201) 372-3311 (901) 515-2003 Orlando Rage San Francisco Demons Citrus Bowl -- Thunder Field Cimarron-Memorial High School 1610 W. Church St. 2301 North Tenaya Way Orlando, FL 32801 Las Vegas, NV 89128 Contact: Dan Pearson Contact: Steve Hellyer (407) 398-7318 (408) 273-4577 * Note: Most XFL pre-season training camp practices will be open to the public (free of charge) and to the media. For information about covering training camps please contact the XFL Communications department at 203/353-5020 or 203/406-3619, or the teams' public relations directors. 11 January 2001 XFL NAMES BROADCAST TEAM FOR INAUGURAL SEASON TELECASTS ON UPN Bob Golic to handle analysis, Craig Minervini will do play-by-play; Lee Reherman and Kip Lewis named sideline reporters STAMFORD, CONN. (Thursday, January 11, 2001) - The XFL today named the broadcast team for the telecasts on UPN of the inaugural XFL season. Craig Minervini will handle play-by-play, Bob Golic will serve as analyst, and Lee Reherman and Kip Lewis will handle sideline reporting duties. "This team of four is well-suited to provide great coverage for the all-access pass UPN is going to give viewers," said XFL President Basil V. Devito, Jr. Minervini, sports anchor at WTVJ (NBC) in South Florida, has worked on NBC's broadcasts of Notre Dame football, and has also worked for ESPN and Prime Network. The colorful Golic starred at Notre Dame and in the NFL before going on to a braodcasting career which included work as an analyst on NBC's NFL telecasts, CNN/SI and currently, Fox Sports Net and Fox Sports Net Radio Network. Reherman, who played one season for the Miami Dolphins and then went on to become an "American Gladiator," has an on-air background which most recently included working on NBC's telecast of the 2001 Gator Bowl. Lewis, currently the sports anchor for WLWT (NBC) in Cincinnati, is a former professional football player who worked with Reherman on NBC's telecast of the 2001 Gator Bowl. He is the son of Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Sherm Lewis. "As we get closer to the launch of the XFL on UPN, this caliber of talent will help make our XFL broadcasts a must-watch," said UPN Chief Operating Officer Adam Ware. UPN will open its XFL broadcast schedule on Sunday, February 4 when the Los Angeles Xtreme visits the San Francisco Demons at 4:00 p.m. (ET). UPN will then carry an XFL game live in primetime every Sunday at 7:00 p.m. (ET) for the remainder of the season. The XFL on UPN: Sunday, February 4 Los Angeles at San Francisco (4:00 pm ET) Sunday, February 11 Las Vegas at Memphis Sunday, February 18 Orlando at New York/New Jersey Sunday, February 25 Memphis at Los Angeles Sunday, March 4 Orlando at Memphis Sunday, March 11 Los Angeles at Birmingham Sunday, March 18 San Francisco at Chicago Sunday, March 25 Birmingham at Chicago Sunday, April 1 San Francisco at Las Vegas Sunday, April 8 San Francisco at Los Angeles Sunday, April 15 Playoff Game ---TALENT BIOS FOLLOW--- CRAIG MINERVINI UPN PLAY-BY-PLAY Craig Minervini joins UPN's broadcast team handling play-by-play for XFL broadcasts from his position as sports anchor for WTVJ in South Florida, where he has worked since 1995. A Syracuse University graduate, Minervini first served as Sports Director for WOAY-TV in Oak Hill, West Virginia. Between 1988 and 1989, he went on assignment to the World Wrestling Federation. Shortly after that, he went on to WLIG-TV in Long Island, NY. In 1989, he joined WPBF-TV in West Palm Beach, Fla., where he received two Associated Press awards for best sports reporting. He also began and continues to serve as the South Florida correspondent for MSG Network. Minervini has worked as a play-by-play sports commentator for ESPN and ESPN2, for which he reported on ice and roller hockey while serving as the host of ESPN2's RHI Rewind. He has also handled play-by-play for Prime Network's "Toughman" competitions and contributed for a special on the boxing career of Mike Tyson. Most recently, Craig did play-by-play for NBC's Notre Dame football and is also the TV voice of the Miami Fusion of MLS. BOB GOLIC UPN ANALYST The colorful Golic brings an extensive broadcasting career coupled with an all-pro football career to his role as lead analyst on the UPN broadcasts of the XFL. Golic starred in the late 1970s at Notre Dame, when he we was a member of the 1977 national championship team, and was a unanimous All-American linebacker in 1978. Besides football, Golic also wrestled for the Fighting Irish, finishing his career with a 54-4-1 mark and top-four finishes in the NCAA in 1976 and 1977. Golic was a second-round draft pick of the New England Patriots in the 1979 NFL Draft and began a career which would last through 1992 and also included stints with the Cleveland Browns and the Los Angeles Raiders. Off the field, he has been referred to as "The Human Sound Bite," as he was one of the most popular and sought-after interviews in professional sports. Following the completion of his playing career, Golic launched a broadcasting career, becoming an analyst for NBC's NFL telecasts and also going on to serve as an NFL analyst for CNN/SI. Golic would also embark on an acting career which spanned both movies and television. He currently serves as an NFL analyst for Fox Sports Net's "NFL This Morning," co-hosts "Football Today" on the same network, and hosts "The Bob Golic Show" on Fox Sports Radio Network. KIP LEWIS UPN SIDELINE REPORTER Kip Lewis brings a solid one-two combination of a strong on-air background and being a former professional football player to his position as a sideline reporter for UPN's XFL telecasts. Lewis, who is the son of Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Sherm Lewis, played at the University of Arizona before going onto a professional career. Lewis began his career by signing as a free agent with the NFL's Detroit Lions in 1990. In 1991, he joined the World League's NY/NJ Knights, where he led the team in receiving and his 9 catches for 245 yards receiving set single-game playoff records. Lewis then went on to become a starting wide receiver for the CFL's Toronto Argonauts. Having received a BA in Communications at Arizona, Lewis began a career in television, working as a sports anchor and reporter in Lansing, Mich., Green Bay, Wisc., and currently at the NBC affiliate in Cincinnati. He has now taken his impressive career national, serving as a reporter for NBC's coverage of the 2001 Gator Bowl prior to the beginning of the XFL season. LEE REHERMAN UPN SIDELINE REPORTER Lee Reherman brings a strong and diverse background to his role as sideline reporter for the XFL broadcasts on UPN. Reherman, who captained the Cornell University football team and spent one year with the Miami Dolphins, has hosted several television shows, while also building up an impressive resume as an actor through various television and movie roles. His broadcast background includes NBC's Gator Bowl coverage in 2001, and also includes hosting ESPN' "Fitness Club," TNN's "RollerJam," UPN's "I Dare You - The Ultimate Challenge," as well as "Fantasy Football Weekly." While playing football and building a broadcasting career are no easy tasks, perhaps his most grueling assignment came when he was one of the "American Gladiators," where he was known as "Hawk." Reherman's acting career has seen him appear in movies such as "The Last Action Hero" with Arnold Schwarzenegger and on the small screen in programs such as "Caroline In The City" and "Coach." Reherman also holds an MBA in Finance, Economics at UCLA and is working towards a Ph.D. in Business Economics from the same school. ---XFL--- 15 January 2001 XFL Enters Into Exclusive Strategic Agreement To Develop New League's Fantasy Football Games STAMFORD, Conn.-The XFL today announced it has signed an exclusive agreement with Sandbox, a leading sports and entertainment company, to provide two free fantasy football games for the professional football league's inaugural season. The XFL fantasy games are under development and will be available at the Sandbox.com and XFL.com Web sites prior to and during the XFL season. Under the terms of the exclusive one-year agreement, the XFL has hired the services of Sandbox to develop, host and maintain its fantasy football games. Additionally, the agreement calls for the XFL to sell all game sponsorships as well as banner advertising within the games. Those who register for the XFL fantasy games will be added to Sandbox's 5.4 million member database, allowing the company to market its other products and services to those users. This relationship is a win-win-win for Sandbox, the XFL and our members,`` said Sandbox president and CEO Larry Cotter. ''Sandbox is able to reach a completely new audience of users, which translates into potential for massive membership growth. The XFL gains an instant online following through our wildly popular fantasy games. The biggest winner in this relationship is our members, who may now play fantasy football almost year-round.`` ``Fantasy games will make the XFL experience even more enjoyable for our fans,'' said Basil V. DeVito, Jr., XFL President. ``Whether it's on the field action, our game broadcasts or programs like Fantasy Football with a terrific partner like Sandbox, the XFL is committed to delivering an exciting product.'' About XFL The XFL is a new professional football league joinlty owned by World Wrestling Federating Entertainment, Inc., and NBC. The league's inaugural season kicks off on February 3, 2001 at 8:00 p.m. (ET) on NBC. For additional information on the XFL, please go to XFL.com. About Sandbox Sandbox is a leading interactive sports and entertainment company with over 50 free games, including fantasy sports, sweepstakes, trivia, financial, arcade and play-for-fun casino games. Sandbox maintains a community of over 5.4 million registered members. A combination of creative content, an incentive-based marketing program and leading-edge technologies allows Sandbox to generate high volumes of Web site traffic, build loyal user communities and develop innovative Internet promotion platforms. Media Metrix consistently ranks Sandbox in the top 20 among digital properties and Web sites in terms of duration or ``stickiness,'' which measures time spent per unique user per month. XFL Names Remaining Talent For Telecasts on NBC, UPN and TNN; Brian Bosworth Added to XFL Broadcast Roster STAMFORD, Conn., Jan. 25, 2001-- The XFL today named the remaining talent for the inaugural-season telecasts on NBC, UPN and TNN. NBC will carry a live game in prime time every Saturday night at 8:00 p.m. (ET), while UPN and TNN will carry games on Sundays. On February 4, UPN will carry a game at 4:00 p.m. (ET), and then beginning on February 11, UPN will carry a live game at 7:00 p.m. (ET) and TNN will air a game at 4:00 p.m. (ET). The broadcast team for the main NBC game on Saturday nights is comprised of Matt Vasgersian on play-by-play, Jesse Ventura as analyst along with sideline reporters Mike Adamle and Fred Roggin. NBC will also have a crew at a second game on Saturday nights, with the availability to join that game live for cut-ins and updates. Jim Ross will handle play-by-play with Jerry Lawler as analyst and Jonathan Coachman on the sidelines. The team on UPN will be comprised of Chris Marlowe on play-by-play, Brian Bosworth on color, and Michael Barkann and Chris Wragge as sideline reporters. Craig Minervini will handle play-by-play for the TNN games, with Bob Golic providing analysis and Kip Lewis and Lee Reherman on the sidelines. "With personalities like Jesse Ventura and Brian Bosworth, we know our crews will bring great energy and excitement to XFL telecasts,'' said XFL President Basil V. DeVito, Jr. "We expect fans will truly enjoy their unique broadcasting styles.'' The XFL is a new professional football league jointly owned by World Wrestling Federating Entertainment, Inc., and NBC. The league has eight teams including the Birmingham Thunderbolts, Chicago Enforcers, Las Vegas Outlaws, Los Angeles Xtreme, Memphis Maniax, New York/New Jersey Hitmen, Orlando Rage and the San Francisco Demons. The league's inaugural season kicks off on February 3, 2001. Each team will play 10 regular-season games, with playoff games taking place on April 14 and 15, and the league's championship game, "The Big Game At The End,'' set for April 21 at 8:00 p.m. (ET), live on NBC. For additional information on the XFL, please go to http://www.XFL.com. THE XFL KICKS OFF ON TNN SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 11 AT 4:00 PM, ET FORMER NFL LINEMAN AND OUTSPOKEN SPORTS PERSONALITY BOB GOLIC HEADLINES TNN'S XFL ANNOUNCING TEAM Craig Minervini, Kip Lewis, and Lee Reherman Join Golic For TNN's Inaugural Season of XFL Football New York, NY - February 6, 2001 -- TNN kicks off its live XFL coverage on Sunday, Feb. 11 (4:00 PM, ET) with a match-up featuring the Birmingham Thunderbolts and the New York/New Jersey Hitmen at Giants Stadium. Former NFL defensive lineman Bob Golic serves as TNN's color analyst for the inaugural season of XFL football. Golic is joined in the broadcast booth by veteran announcer Craig Minervini. Former Detroit Lion Kip Lewis and former Miami Dolphin Lee "The Hawk" Reherman round out TNN's announcing team as sideline reporters. The colorful and outspoken Golic starred in the late 1970's at Notre Dame, where he was a member of the 1977 national championship team, and was a unanimous All-American linebacker in 1978. Golic spent the next 14 years terrorizing opposing offenses for the New England Patriots, Cleveland Browns and Los Angeles Raiders. Currently, Golic is an analyst for FOX Sports Net's "NFL This Morning" and "Football Today" and hosts "The Bob Golic Show" on Fox Sports Radio Network. Minervini, the current sports anchor for WTVJ in South Florida, has worked on NBC's broadcasts of Notre Dame Football. Minervini, a Syracuse University graduate, has worked as a play-by-play commentator for ESPN and ESPN2's hockey coverage and for Prime Network's "Toughman" competitions. Lewis, the son of Minnesota Vikings' offensive coordinator Sherm Lewis, was a standout wide receiver for the University of Arizona before joining the Detroit Lions in 1990. After stints in the WLAF and CFL, Lewis began a broadcasting career as sports anchor in Lansing, Michigan. Recently, Lewis served as a reporter for NBC's coverage of the 2001 Gator Bowl. Reherman is a former captain of the Cornell football team and spent one year with the Miami Dolphins. Known as "The Hawk" from his appearance on American Gladiators, Reherman's varied television background includes TNN's RollerJam, NBC's 2001 Gator Bowl, ESPN's "Fitness Club," and UPN's "I Dare You - The Ultimate Challenge." In all, nine XFL games will air on TNN (see schedule below). TNN telecasts will be produced by the XFL. The XFL schedule on TNN (all games begin at 4:00 PM ET): Sunday, February 11 Birmingham at New York/New Jersey Sunday, February 18 Chicago at Birmingham Sunday, February 25 Las Vegas at San Francisco Sunday, March 4 Las Vegas at Chicago Sunday, March 11 New York/New Jersey at San Francisco Sunday, March 18 Orlando at Los Angeles Sunday, March 25 New York/New Jersey at Orlando Sunday, April 1 Los Angeles at Memphis Sunday, April 8 New York/New Jersey at Birmingham * * * XFL OPENING WEEKEND AN UNQUALIFIED SUCCESS --XFL Press Release-- STAMFORD, CONN., February 7, 2001 - The XFL had a strong start to its season, exceeding the league's attendance and TV ratings expectations for the first weekend, and delivering an entertaining product to fans. The league is today releasing the official numbers from last weekend and they speak for themselves: Attendance: 140,461, an average of 35,115 for each of the league's four games. Ratings: A 9.5 on NBC on Saturday night and a 3.1 on UPN on Sunday afternoon for a cumulative 12.6 with a stunning cumulative 13.5 among males 12-34, 18-34 and 18-49. In total, more than 54 million unique viewers watched the XFL last weekend. "It was a great kickoff for our first season and it gives us a strong foundation on which to build," said XFL President Basil V. DeVito, Jr. "We've got 11 more weeks of football ahead of us and everyone associated with the league is truly energized." Here are some first weekend highlights: Attendance 140,000 fans attended the four XFL games in Las Vegas, Orlando, San Francisco and Birmingham. In Birmingham, more than 15,000 tickets were purchased the day of the game, and in Orlando, some 2,000 people were turned away. All together, there were capacity crowds in San Francisco, Las Vegas and Orlando. The game-by-game breakdown: San Francisco (Pac Bell Park) 38,253 Orlando (Citrus Bowl) 36,503 Birmingham (Legion Field) 35,321 Las Vegas (Sam Boyd Stadium) 30,384 Total 140,461 Average 35,115 As a sign of broadening fan interest, ticket sales around the league have been brisk since the first games were played. As examples: Since Saturday, Las Vegas has sold an additional 400 season tickets. Los Angeles sold more than 1,000 tickets since Saturday. Orlando sold 200 season tickets and 800 individual tickets since Saturday. Memphis sold 1,300 tickets since Saturday and had its biggest ticket sales day ever. Fan Reaction The large number of fans who turned out to opening weekend games had a great time. Here are some examples as culled from newspaper reports: "Game scores big with fans," read the headline in the Las Vegas Review-Journal, which quoted Mike Bayreder of Henderson, NV. He said, "It's been great. It's everything that was advertised. It's quality football." The paper also reported that crowds outside the stadium could be heard chanting for the Outlaws about two hours before game time. From San Francisco came a report in the Los Angeles Times quoting Mike Mitchell of Stockton, CA, who said, "It's a great game. It's affordable, it's fun, it's fast-paced." In USA Today, Jeff Eakin of Stevenson, AL, when asked what he liked most about the (Birmingham-Memphis) game said, "The hard hits." According to a New York Post report, Will Fowler of Orlando said, "It's been excellent. I didn't really know what to expect, but there hasn't been anything disappointing. I like it. The cheerleaders, everything, I'll be back." Ratings Both NBC and XFL officials were targeting opening night ratings of between 4.0 and 4.5. Instead, the national rating was 9.5, making it the highest rated Saturday night on NBC since September 30, 2000. The rating almost doubled NBC's Saturday night January 2001 national average, more than doubled the rating of Sunday's NFL Pro Bowl and NBC easily posted a primetime ratings victory over the other networks. Most importantly, in the highly sought after males 12-34 demo, the rating was 10.3. It was more of the same on Sunday when the XFL made its debut on UPN. The national rating for the telecast was 3.1, easily eclipsing UPN's normal ratings for that time period despite the fact the game went up against such sports attractions as the NFL Pro Bowl, NHL All-Star Game, a strong NBA doubleheader and the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am Golf Tournament. Among men 18-49, the rating was a solid 3.4. XFL 3/22/01-4/19/01 prs rlses XFL EXPANSION COMMITTEE TO VISIT WASHINGTON, D.C. STAMFORD, CONN., Thursday, March 22, 2001 - With an eye towards adding at least two teams as early as next season, members of the newly created XFL expansion committee will visit Washington, D.C. Tuesday, March 27, XFL President Basil V. DeVito, Jr., announced today. "Our business plan calls for league expansion in either year two or three so we have formed an expansion committee to examine the feasibility of adding at least two-to-four teams in that time frame," said DeVito. "We have had requests from a number of cities who would like to join the XFL, and we have targeted several for early visits. First on the list is the nation's capital." According to Rich Rose, who heads up the league's expansion committee, the league has established a set of criteria to determine a city's viability as an XFL expansion candidate. "We will be examining possible stadiums, practice facilities, short term player housing and team office space, as well as the potential season ticket base," said Rose. "Our goal is to be able to sell at least 20,000 season tickets in any new XFL city, remembering that XFL season tickets are available for $125 on the 50-yard line." In addition to DeVito and Rose, making the trip to Washington will be Michael Keller, the XFL's Vice President of Football Operations, and Drew Pearson, General Manager of the New York/New Jersey Hitmen. They will meet with Bobby Goldwater, President and Executive Director of the D.C. Sports & Entertainment Commission, which operates RFK Stadium. "We are looking forward to our visit with the XFL officials and to the possibility of the league expanding to Washington," said Goldwater. "One of the Commission's goals is to attract and present a larger variety of sports and entertainment events in the District and bringing the XFL to RFK could be a great addition. As everyone knows, Washington has passionate football fans in one of the premier markets in the country. We welcome the XFL's interest." XFL HITS PAYDIRT WITH NO FAIR CATCH RULE BOLTS' STEPFRET WILLIAMS RETURNS PUNT 95 YARDS FOR TD "In any other league I wouldn't have fielded the ball" STAMFORD, Feb 15, 2001 - It didn't take long, only two weeks into the season, for the XFL's "No Fair Catch" rule to pay handsome dividends. The first to take full advantage of the rule were the Birmingham Thunderbolts and their fleet-footed punt return man Stepfret Williams. Fielding a New York/New Jersey Hitmen punt on his own five yard line midway through the third period in his team's game in Giants Stadium last Sunday, Williams found a seam in the Hitmen's defense and sped 95 yards for a touchdown. The return turned a 6-6 tie into a 12-6 Bolts' lead and was crucial in the team's 19-12 first-ever victory. "In any other league I would not have fielded the ball on the five," said Williams, "but since all punts in the XFL are live balls and the other team can get them if you don't catch them, I had no choice. Once I caught it I just tried to get whatever I could out of it. My teammates made some great blocks and I found an opening." William's sentiments were echoed by Bolts head coach Gerry DiNardo. "Step's return is an example of how the live ball and the no fair catch has had an impact on the game. It's also an example of how the fourth-down play in the XFL has become an exciting and huge part of the game. In most instances punt returners are instructed to plant their feet on the 10-yard line and not field anything over their heads. You can't get away with that in this league." Stepfret's punt return for a TD was the first in league history, but with the XFL's fourth-down rules it certainly won't be the last. XFL XFL Expansion Committee Visits Detroit STAMFORD, CONN., Thursday, March 29, 2001 - Members of the XFL expansion committee today visited Detroit, touring legendary Tiger Stadium and meeting with Mayor Dennis Archer, XFL President Basil V. DeVito, Jr., announced. The trip to Detroit comes two days after league officials visited Washington, D.C. In addition to the tour of Tiger Stadium, which the NFL's Detroit Lions called home for many years, the party also looked at prospective practice facilities and potential team office space. Joining DeVito were Rich Rose, head of the XFL's expansion committee, and Mike Keller, Vice President of Football Operations. Keller, a Michigan native, is a former all-American defensive end at the University of Michigan. "We were extremely pleased with what we saw," said DeVito. "Detroit is a great football town and Tiger Stadium was home to many great football moments. Furthermore, coming on the heels of our visit to Washington, we are impressed by how the XFL has been received by prospective new markets." DeVito stated that expanding by an additional two-to-four teams over the next couple of years was part of the XFL's business plan, and that the league would continue to visit potential sites. "We've received inquires from a number of cities and our plan is to visit about a half dozen throughout the country," he said. "Once we have completed our initial set of visits, we will review where we stand and go forward with a specific expansion plan." In addition to stadiums, practice facilities and team office space, league officials are examining potential short-term player housing as well as a city's capability of providing a sizeable season ticket base. XFL NEWS RELEASE XFL NAMES CHAMPIONSHIP "THE MILLION DOLLAR GAME" LAUNCHES NATIONAL AD CAMPAIGN AND MODIFIES EXTRA POINT RULE TO CREATE 1, 2 OR 3-POINT CHOICE STAMFORD CT, April 4, 2001 - With a $1 million bonus riding on its outcome, the XFL today announced that its April 21 Championship Game, scheduled for 8 p.m. ET on NBC, has been named the "Million Dollar Game." Also, to raise public awareness of the "Million Dollar Game" and the April 14-15 playoff weekend, as well as to reintroduce fans to the XFL, the league has embarked on an advertising campaign encompassing national and local market electronic and print media. In addition, the league has modified its point after touchdown rule by adding two and three-point conversions to its existing one-point effort. Beginning with the two playoff games, teams will choose whether to go for one point from the one-yard-line, two points from the five or three points from the 10. "The winning team in our championship game divides a $1 million bonus, hence the name `Million Dollar Game,'" said XFL President Basil V. DeVito, Jr. "This further makes the point that while XFL players are paid to play, they are paid more to win." As to the new conversion rule, DeVito said, "One of the things fans like most about the XFL is the fact teams can't kick extra points but must run or pass for them. The new rule should increase the excitement level surrounding extra points since coaches must choose whether to go for one, two or three points while teams who are eight or nine points down late in a game will have a greater ability to come from behind." Under the new rule, should the defensive team return a turnover for a score it will receive the number of points the offense would have received. To date, XFL teams have attempted 169 one-point conversions and have been successful 65 times, for a 38 percent success rate. To kickoff its "Million Dollar Game" marketing efforts, the XFL last night unveiled a "Million Dollar Game" logo with a 36' wide x 40' high banner containing the logo appearing outside WWF New York, the entertainment complex located in New York City's Times Square. Nationwide advertising featuring the logo will begin running next week and "Million Dollar Game" merchandise will go on sale at retail outlets the week of the game. The merchandise also will be on sale at the game itself. The XFL's ad campaign also begins in full force this week with 30-second TV spots running regionally on the Fox Sports Network, including the network's National Sports Report program. XFL ads also will air on local telecasts of Major League Baseball in such cities as New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Boston, Dallas, Detroit and Atlanta. Regular XFL tune-in advertising will continue on NBC, UPN and TNN. The new print advertising campaign, which began recently in USA Today and the New York Times, intensifies this week with placements in more than two dozen major newspapers across the country. These ads will run through the day of the "Million Dollar Game." Radio advertising promoting tune-in for the league's playoffs and "Million Dollar Game" will air in the nation's top 20 markets on April 12-13 and April 19-20. Los Angeles Xtreme QB Tommy Maddox Named XFL player of the Year Maddox Led XFL In Passing Yards and Touchdown Passes while Guiding Xtreme To Saturday's Million Dollar Game (Wednesday, April 18, 2001) - The XFL today named Los Angeles Xtreme quarterback Tommy Maddox its 2001 Player of the Year, as selected by a panel of XFL team executives, media and broadcasters. Maddox led the XFL in passing yards (2186) and touchdown passes (18), en route to guiding the Xtreme to a regular-season Western Division championship, as well as a berth in Saturday's "Million Dollar Game" against the San Francisco Demons (8:00 p.m. Eastern/5:00 p.m. Pacific on NBC). An original territorial pick of the Xtreme, the UCLA product was the only XFL QB to start all 10 regular-season games. Maddox threw at least one TD pass in eight of ten games, and at least two TD passes in six regular-season outings. Season highlights included throwing for two scores and running for another as the Xtreme blew out the previously-unbeaten Orlando Rage, 31-6, in week seven. He earned XFL Player of the Week honors for the performance. Maddox twice threw for an XFL-record four scores in one game, the first time in a week two win over the Chicago Enforcers, and then again in week eight in a win over the Las Vegas Outlaws. Chicago Enforcers running back John Avery was the runner-up for the award. Avery led the XFL in rushing with 800 yards (a league-leading 88.9 per game), as well as in yards-per-carry (5.3) as the Enforcers shook off an 0-4 start to earn a playoff spot. Orlando Rage's Galen Hall Named XFL Coach of the Year Hall Led Rage To Best Record in XFL's Inaugural Season STAMFORD, CONN. (Thursday, April 19, 2001) - The XFL today named Orlando Rage head coach Galen Hall as 2001 Coach of the Year, as voted upon by the XFL head coaches and general managers. Hall led the Rage to an 8-2 regular-season record, winning the Eastern Division regular-season championship by three games and finishing with the best mark in the XFL. Hall accomplished this feat despite the fact he lost starting QB Jeff Brohm, who would have been a serious XFL Player of the Year candidate, to a shoulder injury in week seven. Hall built and led an extremely balanced attack, as even with the best record in the league, the Rage had just the fifth-ranked defense and third-ranked offense. Despite the fact a single player never threw for 250 yards or ran for more than 69 yards in a single game, Hall led the Rage to the second-highest point total (213) in the league. The Altoona, Penn., native came to the XFL from NFL Europe, where he led the Rhein Fire to two league championships in the past three years (1998 and 2000). He also coached the University of Florida (1984-1989), where he was named the AP's Coach of the Year in 1984, and was the offensive coordinator at the University of Oklahoma for 18 years. Despite the top mark in the XFL, the Rage were unable to overcome the loss of Brohm, as they were upset by the San Francisco Demons in the XFL semifinals. The Demons will travel to Los Angeles to face the Xtreme in "The Million Dollar Game," ä the XFL's championship game on Saturday night (8:00p.m. ET on NBC). prs rls 5/10/01 XFL NEWS RELEASE WWF Entertainment and NBC to discontinue XFL May 10, 2001 Stamford, Conn. -- World Wrestling Federation Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:WWF) in conjunction with its joint venture partner, NBC, today announced that it will discontinue its professional football league, the XFL. The decision was made after determining that the additional investment required to further develop the XFL was not commensurate with the potential return and the risk inherent in pursuing the venture. "While we believe that it is an extraordinary accomplishment to have created a new professional football league in what amounts to less than a year's time, we feel that it is in the best interests of our shareholders and our partners to discontinue the XFL," said Vince McMahon, WWFE Chairman. "I would personally like to thank the employees of the XFL and WWFE, the XFL fans, our partner NBC and especially Dick Ebersol and his team for their perseverance, support and enthusiasm that did not waiver throughout the season. We are all proud of the creative innovations that we introduced in the production of the game as well as in the rule changes that were implemented to increase the excitement and enjoyment of the game and provide a fan-friendly brand of football." Dick Ebersol, Chairman, NBC Sports and Olympics, commented, "Launching a new football league in such a short period of time was a daunting and exciting challenge, but we gave it our best shot in what clearly is a difficult and challenging sports marketplace. I especially want to salute our partners at the WWF, the fans, players and coaches who created a fun and entertaining XFL in-stadium experience." WWFE will report the operations and related costs of discontinuance of the XFL as discontinued operations in its fourth quarter results for the period ended April 30, 2001. The company anticipates that its share of the after-tax cash losses will be approximately $35 million. 04-06-01 21:16 et