- The XFL becomes the eighth sports league that is affected by the coronavirus.
- The XFL was only five weeks in before shutting down.
- League officials have been keeping hopes alive for 2021.
STAMFORD, Conn. — After just five weeks, the XFL has, unfortunately, put an end to its 2020 season with growing concerns of the coronavirus. This is terrible news for the reboot of the league as it was growing at a positive rate.
Former NFL players, like Cardale Jones and many more were, were able to make an impact on football fans and football scouts with some believing the XFL season could bring them back to the NFL. However, those speculations will have to wait until at least next year.
Sports fans can now add the XFL to the long list of sports leagues that are being affected by COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus. This is a big blow for them as they have completely revamped the league since it folded in 2001.
Things were looking positive during the reboot as the teams had both high attendance numbers and television ratings. There was an average of 18,614 fans at each game.
- St. Louis, 28,541 largest attendance
- Seattle 25,616 largest attendance
- New York 14,875 largest attendance
- Los Angeles 13,124 largest attendance
The television networks were drawing attention as well. The ABC and ESPN showings would bring in 2,084,000 viewers per game while the Fox broadcast would draw 2,019,000 viewers per game.
Despite the quick ending to the 2020 season, the XFL had expressed that they have been looking ahead to the 2021 season while keeping things on a positive note.
“The XFL is committed to playing a full season in 2021 and future years,” was said in a statement from the league.
The league will also honor the player contracts that were given to the players.
“Currently, the XFL will not be playing its regular-season games. However, all players will be paid their base pay and benefits for the 2020 regular season. All XFL ticket holders will be issued refunds or credit toward future games.”
Even though there is not currently any football games for bettors to put action on, NFL sportsbooks still have future bets for bettors to entertain.
Super Bowl 55 odds, NFL free agency odds, and more are still garnering attention given the fact that the NFL currently does not plan to postpone or cancel it’s season.
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Samuel has been writing professionally for 4 years. He comes from a sports writing background where he enjoys writing mostly about basketball and football both professional and collegiate. He is a recent graduate of Florida State University where he majored in Editing, Writing and Media with a minor in Communications. During his free time, you can find him watching or playing sports as well as playing videogames and listening to music.