XFL cancels rest of 2020 season, opening door for NFL signings

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The XFL left open hope of playing a postseason when it suspended its season March 12. It has become clear that won’t happen, and with XFL players interested in signing with NFL teams, the league has pulled the plug on the rest of the season.

“The COVID-19 pandemic, and the most recent local and state regulations, have left the XFL no choice but to officially cancel the remainder of the 2020 season,” XFL Commissioner Oliver Luck said in a statement. “This decision has been made with the health and safety of the entire XFL family as our top priority.”

Luck reiterated in the statement that the league plans to return in 2021.

The announcement clears the way for XFL players soon to begin signing with NFL or CFL teams.

The NFL is allowing teams to sign XFL players beginning Monday at 8 a.m. ET, Kevin Seifert of ESPN reports.

On the same day the XFL announced suspension of play, the NFL distributed a memo to its teams. It stated that teams were “not permitted to discuss possible employment with players under contract to the XFL.”

But the XFL’s decision to release players from their contracts finalizes procedures to permit NFL teams to sign XFL players.

The Seahawks, Cardinals and Broncos reportedly have expressed interest in Houston Roughnecks quarterback P.J. Walker.

14 responses to “XFL cancels rest of 2020 season, opening door for NFL signings

  1. Classy and smart move by the XFL leadership. They have a really good opportunity for long term success.

  2. I really liked the XFL product especially for a first time out on shakedown season. While not up to the NFL standard of course, nobody expected that and I could see it falling in between CFB and the NFL (which I think was the goal among other things?). For what it was it has room to grow and thrive if they do this right.

    I’ll be watching when they return next year.

    Don’t get out over your skis guys. It’s what killed the other attempts to make this type of thing work, and I’d hate to see that here.

  3. Looks like one good thing came out of this virus. It gave the XFL an easy out to stop the bleeding and reassess. Hopefully, they put a better product out next year. I wanted to like it, I really did. However, it was boring.

  4. Too bad that had to happen. I liked XFL 2.0 and wanted it to succeed. Hopefully they’ll be back next season. I know a lot of people like to hate on Vince McMahon, but he’s a self-made billionaire who turned seamy, low-budget pro wrestling into an entertainment spectacle, wildly popular all over the world. He financed the XFL out of his own pocket, owned every team, everyone who worked in the XFL got a paycheck from Vince. He knew he’d lose money even in the best scenario but he pushed his chips in anyway. He’s 74, you can’t take it all with you, so why not? I’d still like to see it work out but the future of, well, everything is in doubt right now.

  5. I actually liked the XFL. It was fun and innovative. Hopefully it will be back next year. For now, everyone please stay safe from COVID-19.

  6. The XFL was pretty good; and Vince McMahon is a shrewd buisnessman much like our president. The XFL will be back and bigger next year.

  7. If a tree falls in the forest, and no one hears it………..Ive been saying since the AAF folded that the XFL would be one and done. Just didn’t think a pandemic would hasten it’s demise..

  8. This was always the sensible solution. Hopefully we will see a few XFL players find success!

  9. It’s a tough break for the XFL 2.0 in season 1 but I have no doubts they’ll come back strong next year, with more eyes on them than before as I’m sure you’ll see some big name NFL players who won’t get signed this year pop up for them next season. Maybe guys like Joe Flacco or Mitchell Trubisky?

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