The inaugural season of Vince McMahon's XFL revival is officially over.
A statement issued by the XFL on Friday announced that -- due to the coronavirus pandemic and the most recent local and state regulations -- the remainder of the 2020 season is canceled. The statement reiterated that the XFL looks forward to playing full seasons in 2021 and beyond.
Five weeks of the XFL season were played before it was announced on March 12 that play was being suspended. "Currently, the XFL will not be playing its regular-season games," the league said at the time. "However, all players will be paid their base pay and benefits for the 2020 regular season. All XFL ticket holders will be issued refunds or credit toward future games."
On March 14, the XFL confirmed that a Seattle Dragons player had tested positive for the coronavirus.
Players will be allowed to sign with NFL teams if NFL teams are interested in them.
Today's statement from the XFL is available below:
The COVID-19 pandemic, and the most recent local and state regulations, have left the XFL no choice but to officially cancel the remainder of the 2020 season. This decision has been made with the health and safety of the entire XFL family as our top priority.
While we are disappointed to not complete the 2020 season, our hearts are full of appreciation for your overwhelming support.
Your passion, your commitment to your favorite XFL team and your love of football made our season a success beyond our wildest dreams. We’re grateful for the incredible response and look forward to playing full seasons for you -- and with you -- in 2021 and beyond.
When our teams return to the field, we’ll make every effort to ensure your faith in us is rewarded with even more fun and excitement. Your passion is our purpose, and everything we do, every day and for every season to come, is For the Love of Football.
We hope you will stay connected to our league and team social and digital channels for news, features, and updates along the way.
From all of us at the XFL, be safe, stay healthy, and, again, thank you. Here’s to 2021!
XFL Commissioner & CEO
XFL President & COO