The Arena Football and arenafootball2 leagues are looking over their shoulders as World Wrestling Federation owner Vince McMahon's XFL League continues to grow.
The outdoor football league will have eight teams, begins in February with a 10-game schedule and ends April 21 with the championship televised by NBC.
One of the main things McMahon, who expects to spend $100 million to begin the league, has going for him is money. Players will receive base salaries of $45,000 a year and will split $100,000 for each win.
That's a huge difference from the af2 league-wide pay of $200 a game, forcing players to hold part-time jobs during the season.
The XFL has signed 200 players and is looking for 500 more.
The af2 already has seen one defection to the XFL, as Tennessee Valley Vipers coach Tom Luginbill left to join his father, Al, as part of the coaching staff of the Los Angeles-based franchise.
The 26-year-old Luginbill will become quarterbacks coach and is reported to have received a salary of $50,000 a year.
One week after winning the league's inaugural title, Quad City is feeling the price of success. Quarterback Billy Dicken was acquired by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the CFL. Offensive specialist Shon King is in camp with the Kansas City Chiefs, trying to make the practice squad.
On the Stallions front, all is quiet. Defensive coordinator Bret Munsey could be a candidate for a head coaching job in the af2 next season. Munsey, who has experience in the Arena League, had one of the top defenses in the af2.
ArenaCup 2000 grabbed a .3 share (300,000 households) in the television ratings. The game was broadcast on The Nashville Network on Aug. 10.
The 46-yard drop kick field goal by Carolina's Jeff Wood at the end of the first half of the quarterfinal-round game against Augusta has been ruled a record for both arena leagues.
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