As of Friday, the 2020 XFL season is officially canceled. The league faced no choice but to make the decision due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
The league released a statement to inform fans of the news, and it could be a precursor of what’s to come for other sports in the weeks ahead.
XFL issues statement for fans regarding 2020 season
In a statement titled “A Thank You To Our Fans,” the XFL indicated it had “no choice but to officially cancel the remainder of the 2020 season.”
The league’s statement cited the “ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and the most recent local and state regulations” as reasons for their decision.
The message goes on to thanks fans for their commitment and passion toward the new football product and promises to deliver some great entertainment in the next go at it.
Based on the statement, that next season is expected for 2021, which seems to be good news for fans of Vince McMahon’s rebooted football league.
— XFL (@xfl2020) March 20, 2020
Roughnecks were best of the bunch
The XFL 2020 season may be canceled and there may be no official championship game, but it’s hard to argue against the success of one team — the Houston Roughnecks. After the halfway mark of the schedule, they were the only undefeated squad in the league.
Led by standout quarterback P.J. Walker, they compiled a 5-0 record and appeared on track to win the 2020 title should they continue their impressive play. In addition, Walker impressed NFL teams to the point he may have no worries about the league going out of business, as he’ll have some work available.
In addition to Houston, three teams were undefeated at home. The DC Defenders, Dallas Renegades, and St. Louis BattleHawks all played excellent football when in their cities’ stadiums.
Those three teams would also be a part of a playoff bracket if the XFL were able to run a postseason. The XFL on FOX posted on Twitter several days ago to show the matchups.
Here’s how the XFL playoffs would have looked based on how things ended this season.
Who do you think would have made it to the Championship? ? pic.twitter.com/4DTTN7OMuS
— XFL on FOX (@XFLonFOX) March 18, 2020
It’s sad to see the league unable to complete its first season after ditching the gimmicks and WWE-style product it had way back when.
However, it has also proved to have a product that can be improved upon and may be able to garner more fanbases. With the potential for XFL expansion, this league seems like it could survive much longer than its predecessor.
The other takeaway here is that leagues, including the NBA, NHL, and MLB, may be forced to follow suit.
Stay tuned for news on that front, as people all over the world remain in isolation and quarantine due to the ongoing pandemic.