XFL suspending operations: reports

Sports

FILE PHOTO: Feb 9, 2020; Arlington, Texas, USA; A view of an XFL football on the field before the game between the Dallas Renegades and the St. Louis Battlehawks at Globe Life Park. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports/File Photo

(Reuters) – The rebooted XFL told staff on Friday it was suspending operations and laying off most employees after failing to finish its first season because of the COVID-19 pandemic, local media reports said.

NBC Sports Profootballtalk reported that league president Jeffrey Pollack read a statement to employees on a 10-minute conference call informing them the league was shutting down with no mention of plans, if any, for next season.

The league did not respond for comment.

The eight team league began play a week after the Super Bowl on Feb. 8 and cancelled the season after five games in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak that has halted North American sport.

The brainchild of Vince McMahon, the XFL 2.0 was the second attempt by the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) impresario to provide an NFL alternative to football fans, the first folding in 2001 after one season.

Backed by a television deal with FOX, ESPN and ABC, the XFL opened with solid ratings but they declined steadily each week until the coronavirus brought a premature end to the campaign.

Reporting by Steve Keating in Toronto. Editing by Christian Radnedge

Products You May Like

Articles You May Like

Prepare to study in Canada
Study permit: Who can apply
New Brunswick Launches Immigration Pilot for Critical Workers
Canada Reports Nearly 995,000 Job Vacancies In September
Boost PNP Slots For International Students, Conference Board Says
Canada to Dramatically Increase Admissions of Entrepreneurs Under Start-Up Visa Program
Express Entry candidates frustrated by new glitches in Canada’s immigration system

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *