AAA Football Leagues, American Leagues, World Gridiron, XFL (2020), XFLs (1993-2020)

XFL 2020

XFL 2020 Logo [Ref; 8]

Table

PWLTTDFTDA
East
DC Defenders5320912
St. Louis Battlehawks5230118
New York Guardians532089
Tampa Bay Vipers51401115
West
Houston Roughnecks55002114
Dallas Renegades5230912
Los Angeles Wildcats52301814
Seattle Dragons51401215
XFL Standings 2020 [Ref: 1]

Playoffs

DateHome TeamAway Team
Semi-Finals
18.04.2020East 1East 2
19.04.2020West 1West 2
Championship
26.04.2020EastWest

Reference: [2]

Regular Season

DateHome TeamAway Team
Week 1
08.02.2020DC Defenders31Seattle Dragons19
08.02.2020Houston Roughnecks37Los Angeles Wildcats17
09.02.2020New York Guardians23Tampa Bay Vipers3
09.02.2020Dallas Renegades9St. Louis Battlehawks15
Week 2
15.02.2020DC Defenders27New York Guardians0
15.02.2020Seattle Dragons17Tampa Bay Vipers9
16.02.2020Los Angeles Wildcats18Dallas Renegades25
16.02.2020Houston Roughnecks28St. Louis Battlehawks24
Week 3
22.02.2020Tampa Bay Vipers27Houston Roughnecks34
22.02.2020Seattle Dragons12Dallas Renegades24
23.02.2020St. Louis Battlehawks29New York Guardians9
23.02.2020Los Angeles Wildcats39DC Defenders9
Week 4
29.02.2020New York Guardians17Los Angeles Wildcats14
29.02.2020St. Louis Battlehawks23Seattle Dragons16
01.03.2020Dallas Renegades20Houston Roughnecks27
01.02.2020Tampa Bay Vipers25DC Defenders0
Week 5
07.03.2020Houston Roughnecks32Seattle Dragons23
07.03.2020Dallas Renegades12New York Guardians30
08.03.2020DC Defenders15St. Louis Battlehawks6
08.03.2020Los Angeles Wildcats41Tampa Bay Vipers34
Week 6
14.03.2020New York GuardiansHouston Roughnecks
14.03.2020Tampa Bay VipersSt. Louis Battlehawks
15.03.2020DC DefendersDallas Renegades
15.03.2020Seattle DragonsLos Angeles Wildcats
Week 7
21.03.2020Tampa Bay VipersDallas Renegades
21.03.2020St. Louis BattlehawksLos Angeles Wildcats
22.03.2020Seattle DragonsNew York Guardians
22.03.2020Houston RoughnecksDC Defenders
Week 8
28.03.2020DC DefendersTampa Bay Vipers
28.03.2020New York GuardiansSt. Louis Battlehawks
29.03.2020Los Angeles WildcatsHouston Roughnecks
29.03.2020Dallas RenegadesSeattle Dragons
Week 9
02.04.2020Houston RoughnecksDallas Renegades
04.04.2020New York GuardiansDC Defenders
05.04.2020St. Louis BattlehawksTampa Bay Vipers
05.04.2020Los Angeles WildcatsSeattle Dragons
Week 10
09.04.2020New York GuardiansLos Angeles Wildcats
11.04.2020Seattle DragonsHouston Roughnecks
12.04.2020St. Louis BattlehawksDC Defenders
12.04.2020Tampa Bay VipersNew York Guardians
XFL Regular Season Results 2020 [Ref: 2-3]

Report

The XFL continued to play behind closed doors through the coronavirus outbreak, which stopped a lot of sports leagues. It finally shut up shop on March 12 after a Seattle Dragons player had tested positive for coronavirus, after the game with Houston Roughnecks on March 7. This player had also participated in the February 29th game against St. Louis Battlehawks, and so all players and teams were alerted and the league stopped. A decision was made by Oliver Luck, XFL Commissioner to cancel the rest of the season. [Ref: 4-5]

At the time there was a three-way tie at the top of the Eastern Division, with DC Defenders, St. Louis Battlehawks and New York Guardians all on 3-2. In the West, Houston Roughnecks (5-0) had a clear lead over the teams in joint second, Dallas Renegades and Los Angeles Wildcats (both 2-3). It also did better than the Alliance of American Football in drawing fans to a AAA Football League. The XFL averaged about 18,600 fans a game, whereas its predecessor, the AAF averaged about 15,000 during its one season in 2019. [Ref: 7]

About

The XFL 2020 is the second incarnation of Vince McMahon’s rival Pro Football League to the National Football League and Canadian Football League.

He started the original XFL in 2001 after being refused a license for a CFL team, and sought to bring Football back to its Hard-Working Class roots. At the time the NFL was starting to cut down on touchdown celebrations and bring in more laws protecting the quarterback, and was called the “No Fun League” by its detractors. Vince McMahon named all of the teams in the original XFL after criminals or extreme mental illnesses, and brought in hard-hitting rules, that aimed to bring the hard-nosed element among the working classes back into the game, by making it more like the Football of a century previously.

The original XFL, however, failed to bring in an audience, as it was seen as deviating too much from the standard rules of football. [Ref: 7]

This version of the XFL promises closer rules to the NFL, and has still used extreme names, just not criminal, or mentally ill.

While it positions itself as a Major League rival to the NFL & CFL, it can be thought of as more of a AAA Football League.

References

Websites

[1] XFL (2020) XFL Standings [Internet] Available from: https://stats.xfl.com/standings/ [Accessed 31 March 2020]

[2] XFL (2020) Schedule [Internet] Available from: https://www.xfl.com/en-US/articles/xfl-releases-2020-schedule [Accessed 26 October 2019]

[3] XFL (2020) Schedule through Week 5 [Internet] Available from: https://www.xfl.com/2020-schedule [Accessed 31 March 2020]

[4] XFL (2020) XFL Statement on COVID-19 [Internet] Available from: https://www.xfl.com/articles/xfl-statement-covid-19 [Accessed 26 October 2019]

[5] XFL (2020) A Thank You to All Our Fans [Internet] Available from: https://www.xfl.com/articles/a-thank-you-to-our-fans [Accessed 31 March 2020]

[6] XFL (2020) XFL in the News – The Latest [Internet] Available from: https://www.xfl.com/articles/xfl-in-the-news-the-latest [Accessed 31 March 2020]

Sources

[7] First Down (2001) Issues from Spring 2001

Images

[8] Wikipedia (2019) XFL 2020 Logo [Internet] Available from: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/3/3d/Logo_of_the_XFL.svg/1200px-Logo_of_the_XFL.svg.png [Accessed 24 September 2019]

Acknowledgements

Thanks to Donie, Ian Breathnach, Alan Gray, Matk Mahon, Mark, Denis Culhane, Willie Winters

About this document

Researched, compiled and written by Enda Mulcahy for the

Eirball | Irish North American and World Sports Archive

Last Updated: 31 March 2020

(c) Copyright Enda Mulcahy and Eirball 2020

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