Pandemic forces XFL to file for bankruptcy

The WWE-backed football league canceled the rest of its return season last month because of the coronavirus pandemic.

SHARE Pandemic forces XFL to file for bankruptcy
XFL Commissioner and CEO Oliver Luck speaks at a news conference last year. The league filed for bankruptcy on Monday.

XFL Commissioner and CEO Oliver Luck speaks at a news conference last year. The league filed for bankruptcy on Monday.

Chris Urso/Tampa Bay Times via AP

The XFL filed for bankruptcy on Monday, likely spelling the end of the second iteration of the league.

The filing in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware estimates the organization has between $10 million and $50 million in both assets and liabilities. Former coaches Bob Stoops and Marc Trestman are among the creditors with the largest unsecured claims.

The WWE-backed XFL canceled the rest of its return season last month because of the coronavirus pandemic. It suspended operations and laid off its employees Friday.

The league said Monday in an emailed statement that it wasn’t insulated “from the harsh economic impacts and uncertainties caused by the COVID-19 crisis.”

“This is a heartbreaking time for many, including our passionate fans, players and staff, and we are thankful to them, our television partners, and the many Americans who rallied to the XFL for the love of football,” the league said.

The XFL had eight franchises this season and played five games out of a planned 10-game schedule. It drew decent TV ratings early on and had deals with ESPN and Fox.

But spring football is a difficult challenge, as the Alliance of American Football found out in 2019, not lasting a full season.

The XFL also played one season in 2001. 

The Latest
Stalock (concussion), Petr Mrazek (groin), Jonathan Toews (illness), Sam Lafferty (back) and Jarred Tinordi (hip) all hit the ice Thursday. Lafferty and Toews could return as soon as Friday against the Jets.
Javonni Jenkins, 27, and Curtis Hartman, 79, were found Wednesday morning in their apartment. Her 2-year-old son did not appear to be injured.
The Chicago-born author, who won acclaim for her 1984 novel “The House On Mango Street,” recently had her first collection of poems in 28 years published — “Woman Without Shame.”
Javonni Jenkins no contestó el teléfono, tampoco su padre. Pero el hijo de 2 años de Jenkins contestó una llamada de FaceTime.
“I am so happy to hear of the news of BG’s return home. I know I can speak for the entire Sky organization when I say words can’t express the happiness that we feel to finally have her coming home,” coach/GM James Wade said.