ESPN Player will bring subscribers every single game of the returning XFL – the professional American football league owned by Vince McMahon’s Alpha Entertainment.
The streaming service will bring coverage of the entire XFL 2020 season, including the playoffs, to fans in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) anytime, anywhere. Viewers will have the opportunity to watch more than 40 XFL football games live and on-demand on desktop, tablet, Android TV and mobile.
The XFL 2020 season kicks off on February 8th when the DC Defenders host the Seattle Dragons.
The eight-team league is divided into two four-team divisions (East and West). The XFL East features the DC Defenders, New York Guardians, St. Louis Battle Hawks, and Tampa Bay Vipers. The Dallas Renegades, Houston Roughnecks, Los Angeles Wildcats, and Seattle Dragons comprise the XFL West. Each XFL team will host five home games and will play a schedule that features home and away games against division rivals and one game against each team in the other division.
Additional regular-season highlights include home openers for Seattle (February 15th), Los Angeles (February 16th), Tampa Bay (February 22nd) and St. Louis (February 3rd). The country’s two biggest markets – New York and Los Angeles – meet only one time on February 29th, when the Wildcats take on the Guardians at MetLife Stadium. The first of two intrastate Texas matchups between the Roughnecks and Renegades follows on March 1st in Dallas.
Following the regular season, the top two teams in each division will square off for the right to play for the league championship on April 26th. The East Final is scheduled for April 18th and the West Final will be held on April 19th. The first-place team in each division will host its respective division final.
Subscribers will also have access to ESPN Player’s range of films and documentaries, including the Academy Award-winning five-part film, OJ: Made In America and This Was the XFL, which examines the ups and downs of the original XFL during its inaugural and only season in 2001, and looks at how the league ended up influencing the way professional team sports are broadcast today.