By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The XFL — who expects to last longer than one season this time around — has announced its new TV partners on Monday morning. The football league will work with ABC, ESPN, FOX, and FS1.
This partnership will begin with the relaunched 2020 season. The games will appear weekly on broadcast TV with these partners.
“We look forward to showcasing the XFL on ESPN and ABC, including the kickoff game and championship during the league’s inaugural season,” Burke Magnus, ESPN Executive Vice President, Programming and Scheduling, said. “Vince McMahon and 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.”
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This agreement was negotiated on behalf of the XFL by CAA Sports and Evolution Media Capital (EMC). On broadcast TV, there will be two games on TV on Saturday and an additional two games on Sunday.
The XFL will run a 10-game schedule beginning on February 8th, the weekend after the Super Bowl. The regular season will conclude on April 12th.
In Week 9 and Week 10, there will be two special Thursday Night Football telecasts. Those games will be broadcasted on FOX on April 2nd and April 9th. at 8 pm EST.
There will be two playoff games — one on April 18th and another on April 19th. The April 18th game will be broadcasted at 3 pm EST on FOX, while the April 19th game will be broadcasted at 3 pm EST on ESPN.
The Championship is slated for April 26th on ESPN at 3 pm.
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“We welcome the XFL to the FOX Sports Family and are pleased to expand our relationship with Vince McMahon,” Eric Shanks, FOX Sports CEO & Executive Producer said. “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.”
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