Smallest XFL crowd yet sees L.A. blow out D.C.

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It’s not over yet, but it’s basically over, with the L.A. Wildcats leading the D.C. Defenders 39-9 with five minutes to play. That’s the good news for the home team.

The bad news? Only 12,211 showed up in the nation’s second-largest market to see the game. That’s the smallest crowd for any of the 12 XFL games played through three weekends.

It will be interesting to see whether that translates to a bigger crowd when the Wildcats play again at home in two weeks.

The XFL and its teams are still trying to find their footing, and the results have been pretty solid, so far. As February becomes March, and as other sports gain more prominence in the broader American landscape, we’ll see whether the XFL can maintain or even build on what it’s done so far.

24 responses to “Smallest XFL crowd yet sees L.A. blow out D.C.

  1. XFL needs Manziel, Tebow and/or Kaepernick.

    Looks like the whole thing is gonna be someone’s tax write-off.

  2. Eh,it’s only week 3. People predicted MLS demise and it’s now thriving 25 years later. Do we expect DC United to beat Manchester United, of course not. The DC Defenders will never be the Redskins (for better or worse) but what’s so bad about 12 more weeks of football? I’ve watched nearly every game so far, I have zero interest in baseball, NBA, or hockey. Year 3 attendance will be much more telling than week 3. Give this league some time to grow, I think we’re all going to be pleasantly surprised.

  3. Football fatigue is setting in. XFL is trying to gain notoriety while NFL is taking all of the professional football headlines every.single.day. Football needs an off season.

  4. L.A. should not have ever gotten an XFL team. There is no market for them like the other cities. Couldn’t understand why they put one there to begin with. There had to be another city that would accept them. Don’t be surprised if they eventually get moved.

  5. Los Angeles is the second biggest city in the USA but is it really the second biggest football market in the USA?

  6. Call me a cynic, but Im pretty sure that most people who are involved in any way with the NFL (getting paid) are wanting the XFL to fail.

  7. Give it a rest… it needs time to find its footing. Why does everyone think it’s going to be pro football. It’s minor league football. It really should be in non nfl states!

  8. That was a great game.

    Defenders have played great on both sides of the ball.

    Josh Johnson showed signs of skill last week, but anyone following the XFL weren’t giving the overall talent of the Wildcats roster much credit.

    Josh Johnson looked like a vet. There’s a reason the Lions tried to sign Johnson during the NFL season but Johnson was already signed to the XFL for this season. Personally, I think the XFL could be the proving ground to a sure thing NFL backup gig for the next few years, for a few guys potentially. Those are million dollar jobs and Josh Johnson easily has the talent to compete for one.

    LA fans weren’t expecting to be very supportive. Vince has more than enough money to compensate for the couple markets who haven’t embraced the league.

    The XFL has been a blast through three weeks. Lots of guys are getting paid to play entertaining football and I’ve become a fan of a handful of players I knew nothing about.

  9. From the beginning I wondered why they went to LA instead of San Diego or something. Yes I know LA has the market/population, but even the Rams don’t sell out there, why even risk that with an XFL team.

    They would’ve probably had around 30k if they went to San Diego, just like the St Louis XFL team did today. I hope they move it, LA just isn’t the place even for the NFL.

  10. The nfl barely draws in LA so not surprising. This is why the xfl should stick to cities desperate for pro football. Look at the crowd st louis drew.

  11. The Chargers only averaged about 26k in 2019, so 12K is about right. LA is just too sports saturated and there is too many other things to do there. The XFL should not have put a team there.

  12. LA has 2 pro football teams and is not a football city.
    The Chargers are going to be sorry they moved.

  13. LA has never been a football town, and never will be, but maybe just maybe if the NFL adds one more team for a total of three maybe just maybe they could fill an entire stadium that it takes a single team to fill.

  14. LA didn’t need a single pro football team, nevermind three. How many times do teams need to go to LA only to leave for that fact to sink in?

  15. Carmine Zappola says:
    February 23, 2020 at 9:03 pm
    Eh,it’s only week 3. People predicted MLS demise and it’s now thriving 25 years later. Do we expect DC United to beat Manchester United, of course not. The DC Defenders will never be the Redskins (for better or worse) but what’s so bad about 12 more weeks of football? I’ve watched nearly every game so far, I have zero interest in baseball, NBA, or hockey. Year 3 attendance will be much more telling than week 3. Give this league some time to grow, I think we’re all going to be pleasantly surprised.

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    You have zero interest in 3 very good sports. Congrats!

    This league will hang around like the Arena league, but in the end, it’ll fold.

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