The revived XFL has announced multiyear broadcast agreements with ESPN, ABC and Fox Sports to air games starting with the league’s inaugural season in 2020. XFL games will air weekly on ABC and Fox, with ESPN, ESPN2, FS1 and FS2 sharing broadcast duties throughout the season as well.
The league will air back-to-back games starting Saturday afternoons at 2 p.m. ET and two additional games on Sunday afternoons. “We look forward to showcasing the XFL on ESPN and ABC, including the kickoff game and championship during the league’s inaugural season,” said Burke Magnus, ESPN executive vice president of programming and scheduling. “(XFL Founder and Chairman) Vince McMahon and (Commissioner and CEO) Oliver Luck are two of the sports industry’s most creative and experienced leaders, and they have exciting plans for this league. We believe in their vision for the XFL, which will be a great addition to our year-round commitment to football.”
“We welcome the XFL to the Fox Sports family and are pleased to expand our relationship with Vince McMahon,” said Eric Shanks, Fox Sports CEO and Executive Producer. “Football is in Fox Sports’ DNA and a key component of our programming strategy. Alongside Oliver Luck and his incredible team, we’re excited for the debut of the XFL on Fox Sports.”
CAA Sports and Evolution Media Capital negotiated the television agreements on behalf of the XFL. The league will begin play February 8, 2020, in eight cities: Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, St. Louis, Seattle, Tampa Bay and Washington D.C.
“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 said. “The XFL broadcast schedule provides us with incredible reach and makes it easy for fans to watch our games consistently every weekend.”