As XFL sale approaches, ABC/ESPN and FOX seek revised TV deals

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Next week, potential buyers of the XFL will be required to place bids. And the league’s existing TV deals give the XFL more value.

According to Daniel Kaplan of, ABC/ESPN and FOX are looking to revise those contracts.

FOX, per Kaplan, is negotiating with Alpha Entertainment, current owner of the XFL, regarding the FOX deal. ABC/ESPN are trying to get out via the court system.

The argument advanced by the Disney-owned entitles arises from the notion that the company chose to do business Vince McMahon, not whoever buys the XFL from McMahon.

The XFL generated solid TV ratings before the pandemic, and in theory the XFL could thrive in the spring — unless college football gets moved to the same months. Regardless, the XFL’s TV deals add to the value of the asset. If ABC/ESPN or FOX can avoid or reduce their commitments, the potential price for the XFL will surely drop.

7 responses to “As XFL sale approaches, ABC/ESPN and FOX seek revised TV deals

  1. What!?!

    Vince McMahon couldn’t get the knuckle draggers to watch his football mashup?

    Maybe he can resurrect rollerball.

  2. The XFL would have died regardless. Outside of two towns they were not drawing flies. A national 2nd league won’t work. People love good to great football. Even college programs don’t make what they once did. Show me in America where any 2nd league makes money that it can be played nationally? We watch professionals to see the best vs the best, not to watch some lackey ruin his body for nothing.

  3. Looking forward to a return. Love watching football in the Spring and the Guardians put on a great show for us NY fans. I don’t care if they put games on the weather channel, I’ll find them and watch.

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