Well, the XFL was fun while it lasted.
One month after the league canceled the regular season, the XFL has suspended operations and laid off all of its employees.
According to ESPN’s Field Yates, XFL COO Jeffery Pollock informed employees of the news on Friday.
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
NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero says the word “shut down” was used in the internal conference call. However, there is no word yet from the XFL on whether the league has folded once again.
Employees will continue to be paid through Easter, Mike Garafolo reported.
Employees are being paid through Sunday. After that, could be curtains. There was no discussion of when operations could restart, source says. https://t.co/nfaRuVPngC— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) April 10, 2020
Nearly two decades after the league took a nosedive and conceded, a revamped XFL took off. The eight-team league was only halfway through its 10-game season before the league ceased play.
For those Seattle Dragons fans keeping tabs, the beloved Dragons concluded their 2020 season with a 1-4 record and the highest point deficit.
Missing 🏈 ... pic.twitter.com/6o4mjo1pJV— Seattle Dragons (@XFLDragons) April 3, 2020
Upon announcing in March that the league would not complete its 2020 season, XFL commissioner Oliver Luck said the league was “committed to playing a full season in 2021 and future years.”
We’ll have to wait and see if and when XFL 2.0 might resume, but #ForTheLoveOfFootball, we hope it returns.