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XFL Suspends Operations, Lays off All Employees Due to COVID-19 Pandemic

The last time around the XFL got through one entire season before folding.

This time – five games.

The league which is partially owned by World Wrestling Entertainment owner Vince McMahon, announced Friday morning that it was officially suspending operations, and won’t be coming back in 2021.

Unlike the first birth of the league 20 years ago, the product was more well received this time around and the play was generally better, but the coronavirus that has stopped all sports in North America and Canada was the downfall of the league.

Friday the league told its employees that they were being laid off. XFL COO Jeffery Pollock said employees were informed of the decision on Friday.

Reports say that McMahon was expecting to spend around $500 million through the first three seasons on employee salaries at all levels and to build the brand, but now that idea does not appear to be moving forward.

The league had eight teams playing, and the expectation was that there would be a 10-game season and then playoffs.

The title game for the XFL was set to be played on April 26th.

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