Vince McMahon’s XFL announced its broadcast partners for the 2020 season on Monday.
The XFL, the NFL-alternative spring professional football league founded by WWE President and Chairman Vince McMahon, announced its broadcast schedule and partners for the 2020 season.
According to a press release issued on Monday, the XFL will broadcast over 10 regular-season weeks and two postseason weeks beginning the weekend of February 8-9, 2020. It will air on numerous networks, including ESPN, ESPN2, ABC, FOX, FS1 and FS2. Games will air back-to-back on Saturday afternoons (starting at 2PM ET), with two additional games being played on Sundays.
Per the release:
"“The inaugural season will launch with teams in Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, St. Louis, Seattle, Tampa Bay, and Washington D.C. Each team will compete with a 45-man active roster over a 10-week regular season with a postseason consisting of two semifinal playoff games and a championship game.”"
The XFL Playoffs will air the weekend of April 18-19, 2020 on FOX and ESPN, respectively, with ESPN carrying the XFL Championship on Sunday, April 26.
McMahon said of the new partnership that, “We are thrilled to partner with ESPN and FOX Sports, two innovative media companies with extensive experience in world-class football production that will undoubtedly help us reimagine football. The XFL broadcast schedule provides us with incredible reach and makes it easy for fans to watch our games consistently every weekend.”
This is McMahon’s second attempt at professional football, with the original XFL lasting just one season, in 2001. He revived the company in January, 2018 and has spent the time between hiring coaches and other executives and investing hundreds of millions of dollars of his own money into it.
Meanwhile, the latest attempt at a spring football league, the AAF, shuttered before its first season reached its completion. Clearly, McMahon is betting that his cash infusion, high-level of broadcasting partners and learning from his past mistakes will allow this iteration of the XFL longer-term success.