Well, that’s all, folks. For now. The XFL has crumbled in the past, and it looks like it’s crumbled yet again. This morning, multiple sources told ESPN that XFL has suspended its operations. The news came via XFL CEO Jeffrey Pollack in a 10-minute conference call. This has been reaffirmed by various posts across Twitter from former employees putting a call out for more work opportunities.
Of course, it goes without saying that the pandemic has at least a minor hand in this. The XFL canceled its season when the nation started to take the pandemic more seriously. But is that the end of the XFL completely, or is there still an opportunity for it come back once the pandemic has run its course? Pollack himself didn’t say the league was completely going out of business, but the implication seemed clear to the staff.
“It’s done,” the staffer said. “It’s not coming back.”
As far as its performance before the pandemic, it started off with 3.1 million viewers in its first weekend before petering off to a bit over 1 million viewers across various platforms and networks. I personally have no idea if these numbers would have worked for the league as a whole if there was no pandemic, but it likely didn’t help matters too much. At the end of the day, the XFL does seem to be an idea that thrives on novelty.
Of course, this isn’t the first time the XFL has had to shutter. Back in 2001, WWE CEO Vince McMahon opened the football league for business. It didn’t last long then either.
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