XFL suspends operations, lays off employees with no sight of return in 2021
Just recently I talked about how the XFL will be coming back stronger and better in 2021. The XFL was a popular hit throughout the sports world as ‘Beer Snakes’, new rules and a faster-paced environment brought out a new and improved game. Unfortunately for the XFL and their fans, the league is shutting its doors. Via ESPN, The XFL suspended operations Friday morning and laid off nearly all of its staff. Multiple players and employees were shocked when the league suspended regular season play, due to the Coronavirus, I can only imagine what they are going through right now with the league shutting down. It was an honor to cover the XFL Wildcats and knew the league was heading upwards. Every staff and player did exactly what they needed to make this league a game-changer. The product showed in the viewership and fans.
The official move happened on Friday when XFL CEO Jeffrey Pollack held a 10-minute conference call to inform employees of the news. The final paycheck for all XFL players and coaches have been paid out as this only adds to the league having a steep hill to climb if they ever do bring it back. Via multiple sources, the league will still provide health insurance through April and have offered the COBRA insurance plan entering May.
At the moment, there are multiple pro sports leagues still waiting to find out if they can still resume after this pandemic. It’s a tough time right now for everyone including these pro sports leagues. Let’s hope there will not be other leagues that will have to shut its doors. Thank you, XFL, and more importantly, thank you Wildcat Nation for the memories. Stay safe everyone.