XFL clinches deals with ABC, ESPN and Fox

May 6, 2019

STAMFORD - The XFL announced Monday multi-year television deals with ABC, ESPN and Fox, a crucial step for the Vince McMahon-led league as it prepares for the inaugural 2020 season of its rebooted version.

XFL games would air weekly on broadcast channels ABC and Fox, while they would run on the cable channels of ESPN and ESPN2 and Fox’s FS1 and FS2. Back-to-back games would be shown Saturdays, starting, at 2 p.m., followed by two additional games on Sunday afternoons.

“We are thrilled to partner with ESPN and Fox Sports, two innovative media companies with extensive experience in world-class football production that will undoubtedly help us reimagine football,” McMahon, XFL’s founder and chairman, said in a statement. “The XFL broadcast schedule provides us with incredible reach and makes it easy for fans to watch our games consistently every weekend.”

Financial terms of the agreements were not disclosed.

The XFL is scheduled to kick off on Feb. 8, with teams in Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, St. Louis, Seattle, Tampa Bay and Washington D.C.

In its first version, the XFL ran for one season, in 2001.