After a season in 2001, the XFL made a return in 2020, only to have a global pandemic bring the league to a screeching halt in April.
After all sporting and entertainment events involving crowds was shutdown in a hope of “flattening the curve”, the XFL furloughed all workers and filed for bankruptcy on April 13.
On August 3, former actor and professional wrestler Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson announced that he has bought the XFL. Johnson reportedly paid $15 million for the franchise.
A much smaller version of the NFL, the XFL had a season of 10 games scheduled with an eight team league. They had played half of those games before everything was shut down.
Professional football in the spring has always been a challenge as owners of the various leagues were hoping to capitalize on the void left to footballs fans after the annual Super Bowl game.
The XFL played for a season back in 2001 and the Alliance of American Football attempted a season in 2019 but failed to complete the whole season.
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