Alterations to sporting associations worldwide have come rapidly after COVID-19 spread globally. It’s infected all normalcies associated with life throughout North America, with professional leagues like the NHL and MLS being postponed for a prolonged period. The latest closure comes with the Xtreme Football League, which is owned and operated by Vince McMahon.
This follows after XFL Employees were informed via Zoom that operations would be suspended moving forward, meaning paycheques would be terminated after April 11th. It prompted these employees to leak the information to the National Football League, with Tom Pelissero and Mike Garafolo revealing the information publicly through the NFL Network. Details expressed that operational restart wasn’t expressed, with Vine McMahon informing these employees that this was a shutdown.
NFL Executives would be thrilled if the Xtreme Football League were shut down again. It’d mark the 2nd instance that Vince McMahon had began the XFL, with the 1st time being in the 90s. The difference this time was that new rules were being implemented, allowing for an excessive level of action throughout a dull period in NFL’s history. The National Football League was losing viewers and supporters immediately after Super Bowl LIV. It prompted significant concerns that unless changes were implemented, XFL would overcome the NFL.
Financial burdens associated with the COVID-19 pandemic has changed how the future for Xtreme Football. This league cannot continue to support itself with the drastic operational costs, with Vince McMahon losing numerous advertising contracts associated with his version of football. It’s been a steep decline for the WWE and XFL CEO, who thought he’d acquired a new powerhouse sport after receiving broadcasting contracts like ESPN and Fox Sports.
Survival & Death
Attendance numbers with XFL Games were minimal in comparison to the National Football League. However, football fans quickly began to mention how Xtreme Football provided more action than the NFL. It immediately saw an increase in viewership and attendance before the COVID-19 pandemic broke out. This virus stopped the XFL from showing their true potential. The only chance of survival that Vince McMahon and XFL Investors had at returning this league to its rising popularity is by acquiring new loans. That’ll be challenging after the pandemic clears itself.