In an announcement that hit on Monday, the XFL shouted from the rooftop some major news. The rebirth of Vince McMahon’s formerly defunct football league, the XFL, will be making its re-debut under two major networks and on five channels.
A press release was sent out stating that FOX Sports and Disney will be the main distributors of the upcoming season. Games will be broadcasted on ABC, FOX, ESPN, ESPN 2 and FS1.
ESPN Executive Vice President of Programming and Scheduling Burke Magnus said, “We look forward to showcasing the XFL on ESPN and ABC, including the kickoff game and championship during the league’s inaugural season.” Calling Vince McMahon and Oliver Luck two of the sports industry’s most creative and experienced leaders, Magnus is excited for the plans the league has and that ESPN believes in their vision.
Since the announcement, the XFL social media pages have been posting old photos of football to tout the game’s history and suggesting fans only need one remote control for their tv starting next spring.
“We welcome the XFL to the FOX Sports Family and are pleased to expand our relationship with Vince McMahon,” said Eric Shanks, FOX Sports CEO & Executive Producer. FOX recently finalized a deal with WWE to air SmackDown Live on Fridays in a billion-dollar deal that has helped WWE grow its stock prices tremendously.
The Timeline For the XFL
There is no doubt the two broadcasts of XFL and WWE will co-promote each other, even if it’s unlikely that it happens in anything other than commercials.
The XFL will restart on February 8, 2020, six days after Super Bowl LIV. They will show two games on the 8th, one on ABC in the afternoon and one on FOX that evening. The season will stretch to April when the playoffs begin on the 18th and 19th with their final championship game scheduled for April 26th.