Fireworks explode announcing the start of the XFL season in Orlando, Fla. on Saturday, February 3, 2001.

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SOURCE: XFL Agreed to Come to St. Louis in 2020

McMahon says character is as important as the quality of the player, so no criminality will be tolerated – players will also be required to stand for the national anthem. 

November 28, 2018 - 8:08 am
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Professional football is coming back to St. Louis – just not in the form of the National Football League. 

A source confirmed to KMOX News the XFL has agreed to come to St. Louis during the inaugural season in 2020. They'll play ten games – five of them at The Dome at America's Center. 

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The source spoke on the condition of anonymity because the deal hasn't been signed yet. 

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The XFL has made some changes since it folded the first time in 2001, when wrestling tycoon Vince McMahon first introduced the country to the XFL. The new league will initially have eight teams with 40-man rosters – McMahon will again be in charge of the league, but former NFL quarterback Oliver Luck will come in to be the CEO and commissioner.

McMahon says character is as important as the quality of the player, so no criminality will be tolerated – players will also be required to stand for the national anthem. 

This is the second new professional league coming to the U.S., as the Alliance of American Football will begin play in 2019, one week after the Super Bowl.  

The AAF reportedly had interest in using St. Louis for neutral site games, but "due to contracts already signed" the Dome was not a viable option. 

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The AAF is the new professional spring league created by television and film producer Charlie Ebersol, Pro Football Hall of Famer Bill Polian, four-time All-Pro Jared Allen and two-time Super Bowl champions Justin Tuck and Troy Polamalu. The eight-team league will play its first games on Feb. 9, 2019, one week after Super Bowl LIII, with one game per week airing live on CBS. 

Former St. Louis Rams head coach Mike Martz will be the head coach of the San Diego team.