March 20, 2020
As expected, Vince McMahon’s alternative reboot of professional football, the XFL, March 20 formally canceled the remaining half of its season due to concerns about the spread of the coronavirus in the United States.
In a statement, league CEO Oliver Luck (father of former NFL QB Andrew Luck) and COO Jeffrey Pollack said they had little choice but canceling the season with COVID-19 infections topping 19,000 in the United States.
“This decision has been made with the health and safety of the entire XFL family as our top priority,” Luck and Pollack wrote.
A mainstay on ESPN and Fox Sports for football-crazy consumers, the XFL featured eight teams in Dallas, St. Louis, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Seattle, Tampa Bay and Washington D.C., a 10-week season that was half completed when the coronavirus emerged in the United States, prompting the league to suspend the season.
The league, which WWE founder McMahon last operated in 2001, had averaged more than 18,000 fans per game this year, with 1.9 million average viewers across ABC Sports, ESPN, ESPN2, Fox Sports and FS1.