Los Angeles Wildcats (XFL)
|Team history||Los Angeles Wildcats|
|Based in||Los Angeles, California|
|Stadium||Dignity Health Sports Park|
|Colors||Black, red, light orange|
|President||Heather Brooks Karatz|
|Head coach||Winston Moss|
|General manager||Winston Moss|
The Los Angeles Wildcats (LA Wildcats) are a professional American football team based in Los Angeles, California. The team is a franchise of the new XFL founded by Vince McMahon of World Wrestling Entertainment, a major television network in the United States. The team will play its home games at the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California, currently home to the NFL's Los Angeles Chargers (which will be vacating the stadium in favor of the new SoFi Stadium before the XFL's arrival) and MLS’s LA Galaxy.
Los Angeles joins New York, Dallas, Houston, Seattle, St. Louis, Tampa Bay and Washington, D.C. as the league's inaugural cities. Teams will have 40-man active rosters and play a 10-week season. Vince McMahon said "the game will feature simplified rules for a faster pace of game that should complete in under three hours", and will draw from former college and NFL players.
XFL commissioner and chief executive Oliver Luck also said there would be franchises in Houston, St. Louis, Seattle, Tampa, and Washington, D.C., when the league kicks off the weekend of February 8–9, one week after Super Bowl LIV.
On August 21, 2019, the team revealed its name, logos, and identity as the Los Angeles Wildcats, alongside the rest of the XFL teams. A secondary logo was released August 24.
Los Angeles is one of two cities to have also hosted a team in the original XFL, the other being New York/New Jersey; the Los Angeles Xtreme was the champion of the earlier XFL in the league's only season. (A third broader megalopolis, Central Florida, has also hosted teams in both the 2001 and 2020 incarnations of the league.)
As television networks have required alternative leagues to field teams in New York and Los Angeles to secure television coverage without brokering the airtime, Southern California has a long history of alternative professional teams. In addition to the Xtreme, the city has hosted: the Los Angeles Avengers, LA KISS, Anaheim Piranhas and Los Angeles Cobras in the Arena Football League; the Los Angeles Express in the USFL; the Southern California Sun in the World Football League; the Orange County Ramblers and short-lived Long Beach Admirals in the Continental Football League; and numerous teams in the Pacific Coast Professional Football League in the 1930s and 1940s.
The XFL Los Angeles team will be in one of the most heavily crowded sports markets in the United States, competing for sports dollars against two NFL teams (Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers), two NHL teams (Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks), two NBA teams (Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers), multiple NCAA Division I college basketball programs, and in March and April, both the Los Angeles Galaxy and Los Angeles FC in MLS and the Los Angeles Dodgers and Los Angeles Angels in the MLB.
Los Angeles Wildcats team staff
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- The XFL team name and logo reveal, retrieved 2019-08-21
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