The 2020 XFL season will be the first season in the upcoming reboot of the XFL, and the second in the history of the XFL brand created and owned by professional wrestling magnate Vince McMahon, following 19 years after the ill-fated 2001 XFL season.

2020 XFL season
LeagueXFL
SportAmerican football
DurationFebruary 8—April 12
Number of games40
Number of teams8
TV partner(s)ESPN, ESPN2, ABC, Fox, FS1, FS2
Seasons

The season will begin February 8, 2020, with the DC Defenders hosting the Seattle Dragons and span a ten-week schedule through April 12 (Easter Sunday), with division championships April 18 and 19 and the XFL Championship Game scheduled for April 26.[1]

TeamsEdit

As with the 2001 XFL, the 2020 XFL operates eight teams, all centrally owned by the league's holding company, Alpha Entertainment LLC, as a single entity. Alpha Entertainment was spun off from WWE to keep the league's finances separate from the professional wrestling enterprise, with McMahon the sole proprietor.[2] Two of the original league's metropolitan areas also received teams in the revival: New York and Los Angeles. All eight teams received new brandings on August 21, 2019: the New York Guardians, DC Defenders, Tampa Bay Vipers, St. Louis BattleHawks, Dallas Renegades, Houston Roughnecks, Seattle Dragons and Los Angeles Wildcats.[3]

DraftEdit

The 2020 XFL Draft was held October 15 and 16, 2019 via conference call. 71 players were allocated to each team in separate position drafts: one marquee quarterback allocated by the league to each team, ten skill positions, ten offensive linemen, ten defensive linemen and/or linebackers, ten defensive backs and thirty players of any position. Due to the structure of the draft, there was no true first overall selection. A supplemental draft was held in late November.[4]

Season structureEdit

PreseasonEdit

Minicamps were held at each team's discretion in December 2019. The Wildcats hosted their minicamp at University of Nevada Las Vegas[5] while the Renegades host theirs at Arlington High School. The Vipers hosted their minicamp at the renovated Plant City Stadium, which will also serve as the team’s headquarters and practice venue during the season.[6]

The XFL is holding its training camps in Houston, Texas from January 4–22, 2020. Each team is training at a different stadium in the city, with the hometown Houston Roughnecks using their game stadium, TDECU Stadium. The other seven are as follows:

The eight teams will hold informal scrimmages between each other.[7] The league did not initially plan to host exhibition games, but the television networks requested preseason matchups in order to conduct trial runs for their broadcasts. These games will be held during the day midweek in late January and will be closed to the public.

Regular seasonEdit

The league is divided into two conferences, East and West. Each team plays a ten-game schedule with no bye weeks, playing two games against each conference rival (one home and one away) and one game against each team in the other conference.

PlayoffsEdit

The playoffs will feature four teams, two from each conference. In contrast to the 2001 XFL (which used a crossover approach in which teams faced the opposite division), the 2020 XFL will feature a conference championship game, with the top two teams in each conference facing off against each other to determine who represents the conference in the XFL Championship.[1]

Regular season standingsEdit

DivisionEdit

2020 XFL standings
Western Conference
Club W–L PCT GB CONF PF PA DIFF SOS SOV STK
Dallas Renegades 0–0 0–0 0 0 0
Houston Roughnecks 0–0 0–0 0 0 0
Los Angeles Wildcats 0–0 0–0 0 0 0
Seattle Dragons 0–0 0–0 0 0 0
Eastern Conference
Club W–L PCT GB CONF PF PA DIFF SOS SOV STK
DC Defenders 0–0 0–0 0 0 0
New York Guardians 0–0 0–0 0 0 0
St. Louis BattleHawks 0–0 0–0 0 0 0
Tampa Bay Vipers 0–0 0–0 0 0 0

Season scheduleEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Week 1
Away Team Home Team Date Time Broadcast Stadium Result
Seattle Dragons DC Defenders February 8, 2020 2pm ET ABC, Univision[citation needed] Audi Field Dragons Defenders
Los Angeles Wildcats Houston Roughnecks 5pm ET Fox, TUDN[citation needed] TDECU Stadium Wildcats Roughnecks
Tampa Bay Vipers New York Guardians February 9, 2020 2pm ET Fox, UniMÁS[citation needed] MetLife Stadium Vipers Guardians
St. Louis BattleHawks Dallas Renegades 5pm ET ESPN, TUDN[citation needed] Globe Life Park in Arlington BattleHawks Renegades
Week 2
Away Team Home Team Date Time Broadcast Stadium Result
New York Guardians DC Defenders February 15, 2020 2pm ET ABC, TUDN Audi Field Guardians Defenders
Tampa Bay Vipers Seattle Dragons 5pm ET Fox, Univision CenturyLink Field Vipers Dragons
Dallas Renegades Los Angeles Wildcats February 16, 2020 3pm ET ABC, TUDN Dignity Health Sports Park Renegades Wildcats
St. Louis BattleHawks Houston Roughnecks 6pm ET FS1, Galavision TDECU Stadium BattleHawks Roughnecks
Week 3
Away Team Home Team Date Time Broadcast Stadium Result
Houston Roughnecks Tampa Bay Vipers February 22, 2020 2pm ET ABC, Univision Raymond James Stadium Roughnecks Vipers
Dallas Renegades Seattle Dragons 5pm ET Fox, TUDN CenturyLink Field Renegades Dragons
New York Guardians St. Louis BattleHawks February 23, 2020 3pm ET ESPN, UniMÁS The Dome at America's Center Guardians BattleHawks
DC Defenders Los Angeles Wildcats 6pm ET FS1, TUDN Dignity Health Sports Park Defenders Wildcats
Week 4
Away Team Home Team Date Time Broadcast Stadium Result
Los Angeles Wildcats New York Guardians February 29, 2020 2pm ET ABC, TUDN MetLife Stadium Wildcats Guardians
Seattle Dragons St. Louis BattleHawks 5pm ET Fox, Univision The Dome at America's Center Dragons BattleHawks
Houston Roughnecks Dallas Renegades March 1, 2020 4pm ET FS1, UniMÁS Globe Life Park in Arlington Roughnecks Renegades
DC Defenders Tampa Bay Vipers 7pm ET ESPN 2, Galavision Raymond James Stadium Defenders Vipers
Week 5
Away Team Home Team Date Time Broadcast Stadium Result
Seattle Dragons Houston Roughnecks March 7, 2020 2pm ET ABC, Univision TDECU Stadium Dragons Roughnecks
New York Guardians Dallas Renegades 5pm ET Fox, TUDN GlobeLife Park in Arlington Guardians Renegades
St. Louis BattleHawks DC Defenders March 8, 2020 3pm ET FS1, Galavision Audi Field BattleHawks Defenders
Tampa Bay Vipers Los Angeles Wildcats 9pm ET ESPN, TUDN Dignity Health Sports Park Vipers Wildcats
Week 6
Away Team Home Team Date Time Broadcast Stadium Result
Houston Roughnecks New York Guardians March 14, 2020 2pm ET ABC, Galavision MetLife Stadium Roughnecks Guardians
St. Louis BattleHawks Tampa Bay Vipers 5pm ET FS2, Univision Raymond James Stadium BattleHawks Vipers
Dallas Renegades DC Defenders March 15, 2020 4pm ET FS1, UniMÁS Audi Field Renegades Defenders
Los Angeles Wildcats Seattle Dragons 7pm ET ESPN 2, Univision CenturyLink Field Wildcats Dragons
Week 7
Away Team Home Team Date Time Broadcast Stadium Result
Dallas Renegades Tampa Bay Vipers March 21, 2020 2pm ET ABC, Univision Raymond James Stadium Renegades Vipers
Los Angeles Wildcats St. Louis BattleHawks 5pm ET Fox, Galavision The Dome at America's Center Wildcats BattleHawks
New York Guardians Seattle Dragons March 22, 2020 3pm ET ABC, Univision CenturyLink Field Guardians Dragons
DC Defenders Houston Roughnecks 6pm ET FS1, UniMÁS TDECU Stadium Defenders Roughnecks
Week 8
Away Team Home Team Date Time Broadcast Stadium Result
Tampa Bay Vipers DC Defenders March 28, 2020 2pm ET ABC, Galavision Audi Field Vipers Defenders
St. Louis BattleHawks New York Guardians 5pm ET Fox, Univision MetLife Stadium BattleHawks Guardians
Houston Roughnecks Los Angeles Wildcats March 29, 2020 3pm ET ABC, Galavision Dignity Health Sports Park Roughnecks Wildcats
Seattle Dragons Dallas Renegades 6pm ET FS1, Univision Globe Life Park in Arlington Dragons Renegades
Week 9
Away Team Home Team Date Time Broadcast Stadium Result
Dallas Renegades Houston Roughnecks April 2, 2020 8pm ET Fox, Univision TDECU Stadium Renegades Roughnecks
DC Defenders New York Guardians April 4, 2020 2pm ET ABC, Galavision MetLife Stadium Defenders Guardians
Tampa Bay Vipers St. Louis BattleHawks April 5, 2020 12pm ET ESPN, Univision The Dome at America's Center Vipers BattleHawks
Seattle Dragons Los Angeles Wildcats 6pm ET FS1, Galavision Dignity Health Sports Park Dragons Wildcats
Week 10
Away Team Home Team Date Time Broadcast Stadium Result
Los Angeles Wildcats Dallas Renegades April 9, 2020 8pm ET Fox, UniMÁS Globe Life Park in Arlington Wildcats Renegades
Houston Roughnecks Seattle Dragons April 11, 2020 2pm ET ABC, Univision CenturyLink Field Roughnecks Dragons
DC Defenders St. Louis BattleHawks April 12, 2020 3pm ET ABC, Univision The Dome at America's Center Defenders BattleHawks
New York Guardians Tampa Bay Vipers 6pm ET FS1, Galavision Raymond James Stadium Guardians Vipers

PlayoffsEdit

Playoffs
Away Team Home Team Date Time Broadcast Stadium Result
TBD TBD April 18, 2020 3pm ET Fox, Univision TBD TBD TBD
TBD TBD April 19, 2020 3pm ET ESPN, UniMÁS TBD TBD TBD
Championship
Away Team Home Team Date Time Broadcast Stadium Result
TBD TBD April 26, 2020 3pm ET ESPN, UniMÁS TBD TBD TBD

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BroadcastingEdit

This is the first year of a three-year agreement with ESPN Inc. and Fox Corporation to carry all 43 regular season and playoff games.[9][10]

During the regular season, ABC will air ten Saturday games and four Sunday games, ESPN will air five Sunday games, and ESPN2 will air one Sunday game; whereas Fox will air seven Saturday games, one Sunday game and two Thursday games, FS1 will air nine Sunday games, and FS2 will air one Saturday game. ESPN and Fox will air one semifinal each, and ESPN will air the championship game.

ReferencesEdit

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