ESPN Player will bring subscribers every single game of the hotly anticipated XFL.
The streaming service will bring unrivalled coverage of the 2020 XFL season, including the playoffs, to fans in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) anytime, anywhere.
Viewers will have the opportunity to watch more than 40 XFL football games live and on-demand on desktop, tablet, Android TV and mobile.
The XFL 2020 schedule, a 79-day sprint from kick-off to the Championship game, starts on Saturday 8 February when the DC Defenders host the Seattle Dragons at 7pm GMT. The debut is followed by the Los Angeles Wildcats at the Houston Roughnecks at 10pm GMT.
The eight-team league is divided into two four-team divisions (East and West). The XFL East features the DC Defenders, New York Guardians, St. Louis Battle Hawks, and Tampa Bay Vipers. The Dallas Renegades, Houston Roughnecks, Los Angeles Wildcats, and Seattle Dragons comprise the XFL West.
Each XFL team will host five home games and will play a schedule that features home and away games against division rivals and one game against each team in the other division.
The opening weekend of the 10-week regular season continues on Sunday 9 February, when the New York Guardians host the Tampa Bay Vipers at 7pm GMT and concludes later that day when the St. Louis Battle Hawks travel to face the Dallas Renegades at 10pm GMT.
Additional regular-season highlights include home openers for Seattle (15 February), Los Angeles (16 February), Tampa Bay (22 February) and St. Louis (23 February). The country’s two biggest markets – New York and Los Angeles – meet only one time on 29 February, when the Wildcats take on the Guardians at MetLife Stadium. The first of two intrastate Texas matchups between the Roughnecks and Renegades follows on 1 March in Dallas.
Following the regular season, the top two teams in each division will square off for the right to play for the league championship on Sunday 26 April at 8pm BST. The East Final is scheduled for Saturday 18 April at 8pm BST and the West Final will be held on Sunday 19 April at 8pm BST. The first-place team in each division will host its respective division final.
Subscribers will also have access to ESPN Player’s impressive range of critically acclaimed films and documentaries, including the Academy Award-winning five-part film, OJ: Made In America and This Was the XFL, which examines the ups and downs of the original XFL during its inaugural and only season in 2001, and looks at how the league ended up influencing the way professional team sports are broadcast today.
Ollie Clarke, ESPN Communications +44 208 222 3909; [email protected]