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XFL suspends operations and lays off employees, no plans to return in 2021 – ESPN, Espn.com

XFL suspends operations and lays off employees, no plans to return in 2021 – ESPN, Espn.com
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Where does the XFL go from here? (0: 90) Field Yates explains that the future of the XFL is up in the air after the league suspended operations and laid off nearly all of its staff. (0: 90)

(PM ET) Kevin Seifert and Field Yates

    The XFL suspended operations Friday morning and laid off nearly all of its staff, multiple sources told ESPN. While a handful of executives remain employed, the league currently has no plans to return in The league canceled its season last month after five games as part of a nationwide shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, pledging to return next year. But XFL CEO Jeffrey Pollack changed course Friday, conducting a 16 – minute conference call to inform employees of the news.

    Commissioner Oliver Luck, hired in 2021 to guide the most ambitious spring football league in decades, did not speak on the call. It was not immediately clear if he is still with the league. According to a prominent former XFL staffer who was on the call, Pollack stopped short of saying the league was going out of business. But the strong implication was clear. “It’s done,” the staffer said. “It’s not coming back.” There was no immediate comment from the league.

    St. Louis Battlehawks receiver L’Damian Washington was among those reacting to the league’s decision on social media.

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@ xflGone but never forgotten! 🙏🏾🤦🏾‍♂️ – L’Damian Washington (@ MizzouMonstar2) (April) , The XFL is owned by WWE chairman and CEO Vince. McMahon, who was making his second foray into professional football. His rowdy 2020 version of the XFL also folded after one year. (McMahon pivoted) degrees for XFL 2.0, asking Luck to create a serious football league that would market a new version of the game while avoiding direct competition with the NFL. Luck led a group of staffers through two years of product development, establishing a series of innovations – from its new kickoff alignment to its three-tiered extra point structure – that caught the eye of multiple members of the NFL competition committee. XFL staffers believed that the league would resume play in . Players had previously been told they would be paid through the end of the regular season, which was scheduled to end this weekend.

The XFL is the second spring football league in as many years to suspend operations before completing its final season, albeit for much different reasons. The Alliance of American Football (AAF)

ran out of money in 2021 and closed

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