Las Vegas Outlaws

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Las Vegas Outlaws
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Founded 2001
League XFL
Team history Las Vegas Outlaws (2001)
Based in Las Vegas, Nevada
Arena Sam Boyd Stadium
Colors Black, Gold, Red[1]
              
Head coach Jim Criner

The Las Vegas Outlaws were an American football team in the short-lived XFL. They played in the Western Division with the Los Angeles Xtreme, San Francisco Demons and Memphis Maniax. They played their home games at Sam Boyd Stadium. The Outlaws hosted the first nationally televised XFL game on NBC against the New York/New Jersey Hitmen.[2]

History[edit]

Background[edit]

Before the 2001 season began there was already question if Las Vegas could support a professional team due to past failed attempts with: Las Vegas Americans (Soccer 1984-85), Las Vegas Dustdevils (Soccer-CISL-1994-1995), Las Vegas Posse (Football-CFL-1994) Las Vegas Quicksilvers (Soccer-NASL-1976-1978), Las Vegas Seagulls (Soccer-ASL-1979), Las Vegas Sting (Football-Arena Football League-1994-1995) and Las Vegas Thunder (IHL-1993-1999)[3] The Outlaws were sponsored by Cox Communications, New York-New York Hotel & Casino, Station Casinos, PacifiCare Health Systems and Findlay Toyota. Just like the Posse, the Outlaws had a difficult time selling tickets. The home opener against the Hitmen 13,700 tickets were sold in a stadium that holds 36,000. There was only an estimated 7,000 season ticket holders.

Team name resurrection in the AFL?[edit]

On June 17, 2014, lead singer of Mötley Crüe Vince Neil was awarded a franchise in the Arena Football League and had asked WWE, which owns the rights to all XFL intellectual properties, if he could name his team the "Outlaws" in hopes of resurrecting the name in an interview on ESPN. [4]

Players[edit]

Among the team's players were the XFL's most well-known, Rod Smart (later with the National Football League's Philadelphia Eagles, Carolina Panthers, and the Oakland Raiders), who went by the nickname of "He Hate Me", which appeared on the back of his jersey. (He was originally going to put "They Hate Me", but there wasn't enough room.) Coached by former Boise State and Scottish Claymores head coach Jim Criner, the Outlaws competed in the XFL's only season, held in the spring of 2001. The team encouraged their fans to come up with a nickname. They selected the "Dealers of Doom Defense". They finished in 4th place in the division with a record of 4-6-0.

Despite having a two-year contract, NBC announced shortly after the season that it was getting out, as the season's later games had garnered the lowest ratings for a major American television network since the Nielsen ratings had begun tracking them, and the league folded shortly afterwards.

The team was the centerpiece of the 2003 book about the XFL, Long Bomb. It was written by Brett Forrest of Details magazine.

Famous Las Vegas Outlaws players[edit]

Season-by-season[edit]

Season W L T Finish Playoff results
2001 4 6 0 4th Western --

Personnel[edit]

Staff[edit]

2001 Las Vegas Outlaws staff
Front Office
  • Vice President/General Manager – Bob Ackles
  • Director of Player Personnel – Don Gregory

Head Coaches

Offensive Coaches

  • Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks – Vince Alcalde
  • Running Backs – Ron Dickerson, Jr.
  • Receivers – Scott Criner
  • Tight Ends/Offensive Line – Mike Rockwood
  Defensive Coaches
  • Defensive Coordinator – Mark Criner
  • Defensive Line – Kevin Peoples
  • Linebackers – Tom Mason
  • Secondary – Rashid Gayle

[5]

Standings[edit]

Western Division
Team W L T PCT PF PA STK
Los Angeles Xtreme 7 3 0 .700 235 166 W1
San Francisco Demons 5 5 0 .500 156 161 L1
Memphis Maniax 5 5 0 .500 167 166 W2
Las Vegas Outlaws 4 6 0 .400 169 143 L3

[6]

Team leaders[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Team Colors – XFL". SSUR.org. Retrieved February 20, 2011. 
  2. ^ Las Vegas Outlaws still working to corral ticket buyers. Las Vegas Business Press [serial online]. January 29, 2001;18(5):6.
  3. ^ Las Vegas Outlaws still working to corral ticket buyers. Las Vegas Business Press [serial online]. January 29, 2001;18(5):6.
  4. ^ Vince Neil gets AFL approval, ESPN.com, June 20, 2014
  5. ^ 2001 Las Vegas Outlaws Media Guide. XFL. pp. 4–11. 
  6. ^ "XFL Standings". USA Today. May 12, 2001. Retrieved February 18, 2011.