Year 1 of the XFL’s rebirth came to an abrupt end on Friday when the league officially announced the cancellation of its season.
The XFL cited the Coronavirus epidemic and concerns for the health and safety of the XFL family as the reason behind the decision.
“While we are disappointed to not complete the 2020 season, our hearts are full of appreciation for your overwhelming support,” the league said in a tweet.
— XFL (@xfl2020) March 20, 2020
The league announced on Mar. 12 that the remaining regular season games would not be played, however all players would be paid for the season. Friday’s announcement marked the official end of any remaining hope for postseason play.
The XFL made it halfway though it’s 10-game regular people season schedule.
The Houston Roughnecks were atop the XFL West at 5-0 while the DC Defenders, St. Louis BattleHawks and New York Guardians each had a 3-2 record. DC held the head-to-head tiebreaker because it beat both St. Louis and New York in 2020.
Last week the NCAA cancelled all of its sports through the end of the academic year, the NBA and NHL postponed those seasons indefinitely and the MLB also postponed the beginning of its 2020 season.
The Coronavirus is also affecting XFL owner Vince McMahon in the ring as well after having to adjust Wrestlemania, World Wrestling Entertainment’s biggest annual pay-per-view showcase.
Wrestlemania 36 was originally scheduled to take place at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. on Apr. 4, but is now schedule to streamed over two nights on the WWE Network on closed sets with only essential personnel in attendance.
Final XFL Standings
DC Defenders 3-2
St. Louis BattleHawks 3-2
New York Guardians 3-2
Tampa Bay Vipers 1-4
Houston Roughnecks 5-0
Dallas Renegades 2-3
LA Wildcats 2-3
Seattle Dragons 1-4