XFL Cancels Remainder of Regular Season
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Sunday, March 15, 2020
TORONTO – March 12, 2020 will be a day never to be forgotten in the world of sports. Like many other leagues around the globe, the XFL made a change to its season, announcing this past Thursday that it has cancelled the remainder of the regular season.
The news followed other leagues such as the NHL, NBA, MLB, MLS and a multitude of others who had already postponed their seasons due to the coronavirus pandemic. The NCAA also decided to cancel winter and spring championships, including the upcoming men’s and women’s Division I basketball tournaments.
The XFL completed five weeks out of the scheduled ten-week regular season. The league was slated to have two weeks of postseason action following the regular season.
In a statement released on March 12, the league said that they are committed to playing a full season in 2021 and in future years.
“Currently, the XFL will not be playing its regular-season games,” the league said in a statement. “However, all players will be paid their base pay and benefits for the 2020 regular season. All XFL ticket holders will be issued refunds or credit toward future games.”
The league has also given players approval to sign with CFL and NFL teams after they have passed their exit physical with their team. Before the cancellation, players were not able to sign with another league until the completion of the XFL playoffs.
The XFL did not mention the coronavirus in the statement or mention a specific reason for cancelling the season.
In a new development regarding COVID-19, the league released another statement on Sunday March 15.
“A player for the Seattle Dragons has tested positive for COVID-19,” the league said in a statement. “The player participated in the March 7 game against the Roughnecks in Houston and was asymptomatic at that time. He self-reported to team medical staff on March 10 and has been in quarantine since. A test was administered as early as possible, with the results received March 13.”
“The league is alerting players, staff, vendors and partners associated with the Dragons, Roughnecks, and BattleHawks, as this player also participated in the February 29 game in St. Louis.”
The XFL was off to a successful start after its first season since 2001. According to ESPN, games drew an average attendance of 18,614 fans. St. Louis (28,541) and Seattle (25,616) drew the largest crowds, while other teams like New York and Los Angeles had a bigger challenge drawing a crowd with 14,875 and 13,124 spectators.
The East Division was close throughout, with DC, St. Louis, and New York holding the top three spots in the division. All three teams had a record of 3-2, with Tampa Bay in fourth spot at 1-4.
The West Division wasn’t quite as close, as the Houston Roughnecks had a perfect start to the season. They held the top spot with a 5-0 record, while Dallas, L.A., and Seattle rounded out positions 2-4. Dallas and L.A. were both 2-3, and Seattle was 1-4.