2020 XFL Season Will Kick Off February 8 on ABC – Seattle Dragons vs. DC Defenders

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2020 XFL Season Will Kick Off February 8 on ABC – Seattle Dragons vs. DC Defenders

ABC and ESPN networks will combine to televise 22 XFL games in 2020, including the XFL Championship on April 26

ABC and ESPN will combine to televise 22 games during the 2020 XFL season, beginning with the league’s much-anticipated kickoff game on February 8 and concluding with the inaugural XFL Championship on April 26.

The new era of XFL football starts Saturday, February 8 at 2 p.m. ET with the DC Defenders, led by former Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Cardale Jones, hosting the Seattle Dragons on ABC. A day later, the Dallas Renegades, featuring former Oklahoma Sooners duo of quarterback Landry Jones and coach Bob Stoops, play the St. Louis BattleHawks at 5 p.m. on ESPN.

Additional highlights during the 10-week regular season schedule include home openers for the Los Angeles Wildcats (Feb. 16 on ABC), Tampa Bay Vipers (Feb. 22 on ABC) and St. Louis BattleHawks (Feb. 23 on ESPN). ABC will also feature the only matchup between the country’s two biggest markets – LA Wildcats vs. New York Guardians – on Feb. 29 at MetLife Stadium.

ABC will televise 14 games with most telecasts starting at 2 p.m. ET on Saturdays. ESPN and ESPN2 will combine to carry eight games, all on Sundays, including the West Final (April 19) and XFL Championship (April 26). Both postseason games will kick off at 3 p.m. All ABC and ESPN games will be streamed live on the ESPN App.

The eight-team XFL is divided into two four-team divisions, East and West. The XFL East features the DC Defenders, New York Guardians, St. Louis BattleHawks and Tampa Bay Vipers. The Dallas Renegades, Houston Roughnecks, Los Angeles Wildcats and Seattle Dragons comprise the XFL West.

2020 XFL Schedule on ABC and ESPN Networks:

Date Time (ET) Network Teams
Sat, Feb. 8 2 p.m. ABC Seattle Dragons vs. DC Defenders
Sun, Feb. 9 5 p.m. ESPN St. Louis BattleHawks vs. Dallas Renegades
Sat, Feb. 15 2 p.m. ABC New York Guardians vs. DC Defenders
Sun, Feb. 16 3 p.m. ABC Dallas Renegades vs. LA Wildcats
Sat, Feb. 22 2 p.m. ABC Houston Roughnecks vs. Tampa Bay Vipers
Sun, Feb. 23 3 p.m. ESPN New York Guardians vs. St. Louis BattleHawks
Sat, Feb. 29 2 p.m. ABC LA Wildcats vs. New York Guardians
Sun, March 1 7 p.m. ESPN2 DC Defenders vs. Tampa Bay Vipers
Sat, March 7 2 p.m. ABC Seattle Dragons vs. Houston Roughnecks
Sun, March 8 9 p.m. ESPN Tampa Bay Vipers vs. LA Wildcats
Sat, March 14 2 p.m. ABC Houston Roughnecks vs. New York Guardians
Sun, March 15 7 p.m. ESPN2 LA Wildcats vs. Seattle Dragons
Sat, March 21 2 p.m. ABC Dallas Renegades vs. Tampa Bay Vipers
Sun, March 22 3 p.m. ABC New York Guardians vs. Seattle Dragons
Sat, March 28 2 p.m. ABC Tampa Bay Vipers vs. DC Defenders
Sun, March 29 3 p.m. ABC Houston Roughnecks vs. LA Wildcats
Sat, April 4 2 p.m. ABC DC Defenders vs. New York Guardians
Sun, April 5 12 p.m. ESPN Tampa Bay Vipers vs. St. Louis BattleHawks
Sat, April 11 2 p.m. ABC Houston Roughnecks vs. Seattle Dragons
Sun, April 12 3 p.m. ABC DC Defenders vs. St. Louis BattleHawks OR

New York Guardians vs. Tampa Bay Vipers *

Sun, April 19 3 p.m. ESPN West Final
Sun, April 26 3 p.m. ESPN XFL Championship

* Game selections on April 12 to be made by March 11

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Bill Hofheimer

I oversee ESPN’s pro football PR, including Monday Night Football and NFL studio shows. Other programs I work on include ESPN soccer, Around the Horn and PTI.
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