NEWS: on a call today with COO Jeffery Pollock, XFL employees were just informed that the league is suspending operations and all employees have been laid off. Another sport impacted further by the current COVID-19 crisis.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) April 10, 2020
Could you imagine being Vince McMahon or Oliver Luck or any of the people associated with this? You waited 20 years to bring it back, you were doing a decent job with ratings and crowds, and then a GLOBAL PANDEMIC hits and you have to suspend operations and lay off your entire work force.
What an insane turn of events. They played only five games this season, which amounted to 50% of the schedule, and had an undefeated Houston team that was pretty fun to watch. The championship game was set for April 26th.
If this is really it for the XFL, and it’s dead and buried, then the biggest takeaway will probably be the handful of players that were able to show enough to get themselves back into the NFL, guys like P.J. Walker and Deatrick Nichols.