Vince McMahon's relaunched professional football league will be broadcast on TV and through various online outlets
Late Thursday, the XFL announced it was canceling the rest of its regular season.
While the XFL didn't specifically cite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic as the reason for the decision, the NBA, MLB, NHL, the NCAA, and many other leagues have suspended operations and canceled games and championship tournaments in response to this global public health threat.
The relaunched XFL, Vince McMahon's pro football league that failed in 2001 but is getting a second chance in 2020, made its debut on Feb. 8. XFL 2.0, however, will operate completely different from its predecessor.
This time around, McMahon will run this as a full-fledged football league as opposed to being an extension of his other company, World Wrestling Entertainment. But like the first XFL, its games will be available via both network and cable television — on channels that also carry NFL and college games — as well as some streaming outlets.
The 10-week schedule begins on Saturday, Feb. 8, followed by the playoffs and the season concludes with the XFL Championship on Sunday, April 26. Here is how you can watch the games during the season.
The XFL hopes to pick up where the NFL season left off by keeping NFL fans tuned in to FOX in the hopes of giving the XFL a chance. The league will air 10 regular-season games and one playoff telecast (April 18) on the main FOX network via FOX Sports, nine games on FS1, and one game (March 14th) on FS2. These games should also be available via the FOX Sports GO app.
The ESPN/ABC combo
With this avenue, the XFL looks to reach both the "Monday Night Football" audience and the viewers of the majority of college football broadcasts. ABC will have the most regular-season telecasts with 14, while ESPN will have four regular-season games, one playoff game (April 19), and the championship game (April 26). ESPN2 will carry two games on March 1st and 15th. For $4.99 a month, you can also watch the XFL on the ESPN+ app.
If you sign up for Sling's Orange+Blue package, you will get ABC, FOX, ESPN, ESPN2, FS1, and FS2 for $45 a month.
If you mostly, or completely, watch television from a computer or mobile device, then YouTube TV is for you. You'll get all of the aforementioned channels for $49.99 a month.
If you only subscribe to Hulu's basic package, you'll need to upgrade to the Hulu+Live TV package, which runs for a monthly fee of $54.99 in order to watch the XFL. Or you could just get the Hulu, Disney+, and ESPN+ package for just a monthly price tag of $12.99. But that will limit you to just the ESPN and ABC games.
This is also an option for a monthly expense of $59.99, but this will limit you to just the FOX, FS1, and FS2 matchups.
AT&T Now (formally DirecTV Now)
This service is geared more towards traditional television viewers, but for $80 per month with the Max Plan, you'll be able to watch the entire 2020 XFL campaign.
— Gabe Salgado is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. He's also written for NBC, Fox, The Sporting News, The Sports Journal, The Undefeated and Complex. He's a co-host of The Rewind Sports: 60. Follow him on Twitter @GabeSalgado82.