XFL cancels remainder of 2020 season due to COVID-19

The D.C. Defenders, right, line up against the Seattle Dragons for the opening kickoff of the opening football game of the XFL season. (Stephen Whyno/AP)

The XFL has announced the cancellation of the remainder of its 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The league made the announcement via Twitter Friday, and included the following statement from commissioner Oliver Luck and president Jeffrey Pollack.

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!

In wake of the cancelled campaign, the XFL has reportedly informed its players they will be free to sign with NFL or CFL teams on March 23.

The first season of the XFL’s second coming saw just five weeks of its schedule played before the league was forced to suspend the remainder of the regular season on March 12.

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