The XFL is moving full steam ahead, as evidenced by the revived football league announcing television deals today with Fox Sports and ESPN.
The press release states:
The XFL today announced multi-year agreements with ESPN and FOX Sports to televise XFL games starting with its inaugural 2020 season. XFL games will air weekly on broadcast TV (ABC and FOX) complemented by games on cable (ESPN, ESPN2, FS1 and FS2). The XFL TV schedule allows for consistent appointment viewing each week with back-to-back games starting Saturday afternoons at 2 pm ET as well as two additional games on Sunday afternoons.
ESPN’s Executive Vice President of Programming and Scheduling, Burke Magnus, was quoted as saying: “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.”
“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 & Executive Producer in the press release. “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.”
More XFL-themed programming and on-air talent will be announced in the future.
According to Sports Business Daily, the networks will not be paying a rights fee to broadcast the games. Instead, ESPN and Fox will pay for production costs and sell ads on the games. XFL will handle sponsorships at the venues.
— FOX Sports (@FOXSports) May 6, 2019