XFL confirms 2020 season is suspended, says it will return in 2021

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The XFL regular season is over, but the XFL isn’t gone.

The upstart league released a statement confirming that it will suspend its season, as virtually all American sports organizations have in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. But the XFL also said it will return next year.

“Currently, the XFL will not be playing its regular season games,” the league’s statement said. “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 towards future games. The XFL is committed to playing a full season in 2021 and future years.”

The XFL’s statement doesn’t rule out the possibility that the league could still play its playoffs if the spread of the coronavirus gets under control. But that seems unlikely. More likely, we’ll see the XFL again in 2021, if Vince McMahon decides he’s willing to finance the league for another year.

13 responses to “XFL confirms 2020 season is suspended, says it will return in 2021

  1. Can the players now sign with NFL? Several players were going to be signed at the end of the season. WRPhillips, for instance. With the suspension of the season, are they released to sign?

  2. This is only going to help them. More players are going to want to play for this league (if they can’t make it to the NFL) with a gesture like this.

  3. the fact that they’re paying the players in full is a really good sign for this league going forward

  4. This is going to cost them a good but of money, but this is the right choice. This is the only option that shows that they are a healthy league committed to going forward. Hopefully they will take a slight break between the Superbowl and their season next year, and will use what little football they played to market in the offseason. Otherwise, they’ll be forgotten as another failed venture. As for now, good for them in making the right decision.

  5. They may say the players will get full season salaries, but has the bottom fallen out yet? I wouldn’t count my chickens before they hatch!!!

  6. Good for them, sucks that this Coronavirus crap happened. I like the XFL as a minor leauge of the NFL. Hopefully a few guys get some shots in the leauge, this would bode well for the viability of the XFL.

  7. Wonder how many teams were losing money in the XFL? Those team were glad to see the season end. I am not impressed with the XFL and it’s play. I could care less if it came back next year, or not.

  8. Yes xfl players if they pass there physicals are allowed tomorrow are allowed to sign with NFL teams immideately

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