The Xtreme Football League (XFL) is joining forces with Genius Sports to initiate an integrity program as a protection measure against potential game-fixing. Genius Sports is already a trusted partner to sports entities like the PGA TOUR and the English Premier League. The multi-year deal provides 24/7 monitoring through Genius Sports which enables the XFL to protect against any threats of improper or illegal betting-related conduct.
Genius Sports will analyze significant odds movements and monitor betting markets giving the XFL a better understanding of the wagering on its games. This will help the league establish a method for determining potential problems and navigating them effectively.
Speaking with Insider Sport, president and COO of the XFL, Jeffrey Pollack, said:
“Sports betting is growing rapidly in the U.S. and we are gearing up to be a good citizen and thoughtful participant in the marketplace. Our alliance with Genius Sports is an important first step and foundational element.”
As the XFL players take to the field for the first training camps in Houston, TX they’ll also be involved in integrity workshops setup by Genius Sports. During the proposed workshops the players along with coaches, game officials, and league executives will be educated through a customized e-learning portal. The portal will explain the misconduct regulations while highlighting the importance of keeping integrity intact through the growing phase of the XFL.
Work on the integrity program is already in its initial stages of development with full placement expected by the time the season starts in February.
What is the XFL?
The XFL is an American football league under the umbrella of Alpha Entertainment, a new entity founded by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) CEO Vince McMahon. This planned launch of the XFL is a reboot of the original launch in 2001, controlled at that time by the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) and the National Broadcasting Company (NBC) which only ran for a single season.
When is the XFL Re-Launch Planned?
The league is scheduled to begin in February 2020 with training camps already starting in Houston, TX.
How Many Teams Will Participate?
The league will have eight teams with 40-man rosters. The regular season will start with 10 games. Four teams will advance to the playoffs and then the title game will take place with the two final teams.
Where are the Teams Located?
The eight teams announced for the initial XFL roster include the DC Defenders, Los Angeles Wildcats, Tampa Bay Vipers, New York Guardians, Seattle Dragons, Houston Roughnecks, St. Louis Battle Hawks and Dallas Renegades. The only city that doesn’t have a current XFL team is St. Louis.
How is the XFL Different from the NFL?
According to Vince McMahon the XFL is going to be significantly different from the NFL in these specific ways:
- Games will be faster with more playtime.
- Politics won’t be involved.
- Any and every city will be on the league’s radar.
- No one will be allowed a criminal record.
- Eight teams will be involved.
- All teams will be owned by the XFL.
- A 10-week regular season schedule and a four-team playoff
- The league will have a 40-man roster (compared to 53-man rosters in the NFL).
Additionally, McMahon will not be the face of the league.