- The XFL has landed a huge, multi-year television deal.
- The exclusive broadcast rights will run all the way from 2023-2027.
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The XFL isn’t expected to kick off until 2023, but the league has already struck a massive television contract with one of the biggest players in all of sports.
The start-up league, owned by actor Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, reached a multi-year agreement with ABC and ESPN who will have exclusive rights for all 2023-2027 game day content.
On top of that, each season’s 43 games will air and stream across ABC, FX, and ESPN, according to Ari Meirov of Pro Football Focus.
The XFL is planning to kick off what will be its third ‘inaugural season’ on February 18, 2023, which is just six days after the Super Bowl.
The XFL, founded by wrestling executive Vince McMahon, made its debut in 2001 but lasted just one season. McMahon then tried the same stunt in 2020, but operations came to a close after just five weeks of play with the pandemic playing a major role in its failure.
Football fans shared some mixed reactions to the XFL’s new TV deal:
Whats the over/under how long this will last…1.5yrs? https://t.co/gtaVMpBur9
— CERTIFIED #Lakers & #Steelers Fan (@TDF4LIFE30) May 18, 2022
As much as we all want them to, these leagues never work out. https://t.co/Q7DaCOTrMT
— Jordan P Niner (@JordyNiner) May 17, 2022
— Mike Castellino (@MikeCastellino) May 17, 2022
"-2027" is a Top Ten Twitter joke of all time. https://t.co/hhfxJHI85U
— Glenn Clark (@GlennClarkRadio) May 17, 2022
The rock secured the bag. The XFL will be great for sports once again https://t.co/Vfm9F2J0jU
— Phoenix NoGravity (@phoenixthaboss) May 17, 2022
The XFL has failed on multiple attempts. I would never watch it. But in case you haven’t noticed—- anything @TheRock touches turns to gold. Soon we will be picking a team, flipping to abc and seeing what is going on in this league. It’s the rock effect. #XFL #DJ https://t.co/3v6ODGZpMe
— Chase Chats (@ChaseJC4) May 17, 2022