Skins issues are evident, with or without XFL’s DC Defenders...
Nats and Caps actually overlap portions of Skins season. Two teams that play in town who have won championships. Corporate sponsors and suite holders have been shifting money away from Snyder/Skins for a number of years.
Losing some live gate fans is the least of Snyder’s concerns. He has a product the area’s major companies are turning their backs on. That’s where the largest percentage of his non-TV profit comes from.
Plus, Snyder is struggling to find a site for his new stadium, as well as to accommodate sports betting. The RFK site is engulfed with environmental issues that will take a fortune to eradicate. Of course, provided that Congress approves use of the land since the lease to DC is sunsetting. There are no other logical sites for a 65K-70K stadium in the District with enough open land. Maybe Snyder should lobby the Navy to sell him the Navy Yard (joke). All this assuming he changed the team name.
No jurisdiction in NOVA has their arms open for a Skins Stadium. While there are two sports betting bills moving through the General Assembly right now, one in each chamber, it doesn’t serve Snyder’s interest if there is no site to build a stadium in NOVA.
The current site of FedEx Field is a possibility, but Maryland doesn’t seem to be in a rush to grant sports betting rights to professional team stadiums. Horse racing tracks and casinos want to keep exclusivity. Snyder only wants to locate the stadium where he can have sports betting on-site.
So who knows how XFL football will play out over time in the DMV. It’s a small concern to the Skins. Right now, DC Defenders have a nice, inexpensive market niche for football in the late winter/early spring. In six weeks+, the Defenders will be competing against not only the Caps and the Wizards, but their stadium mates DC United, across the street neighbor Nats, raising a World Series champion flag, as well as March Madness, Masters, etc., for eyeballs and ticket buyers. DMV fans can become very fickle regarding the support of sports teams. Still too early to tell about XFL in the nation’s capital.
BTW, Audi Field is 20K for soccer and 17K for football.