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Ditka made the announcement about joining the X League in a video.

Football legend Mike Ditka announced that he is coming on as owner and chair of "X League," the rebranded women's professional tackle football league that includes local team the Austin Sound.


The Austin Sound was set to start playing in Cedar Park this summer, but the debut was postponed until next year.

The X League will start up in April 2021, according to a press release, with eight teams: Seattle Thunder, Los Angeles Black Storm, Austin Sound, Denver Rush, Chicago Blitz, Kansas City Force, Omaha Red Devils and the Atlanta Empire.

The X League was formerly known as the Legends League, which was formerly known as the Lingerie League. Both were known for skimpy uniforms.

Local team the Austin Acoustics, consistent with the practices of other teams in the league, wore bikinis to play and did not pay players.

The X League, according to Ditka, aspires to be something different.

"I want to provide women the high-profile platform to compete against the greatest female athletes in the world while creating a destination league for millions of girls to aspire to play in," Ditka said in his video announcement. "We are seeing the world change all around us and it's changing for the better. The X League will be another indicator that equality has come of age."

The press release notes:

"Ultimately, through commercial success in the coming years, the X League is structured to become a professional football league that compensates its athletes as well as making those athletes and coaches with tenured resumes, equity owners of the respective franchises they help build."

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