XFL 2021 Return In Play?

Spring football may have another chance. Despite the in-season cancellations of the Alliance of American Football and the XFL the past two years, the latter may try to relaunch one more time.

The XFL filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last month, and Vince McMahon put the league up for sale earlier this month. Contrary to some rumblings, McMahon confirmed he has no plans to buy back the league at a lower cost, according to The Athletic’s Daniel Kaplan (subscription required).

However, bidders have emerged, with Kaplan adding that potential buyers have indicated they would plan a 2021 XFL season. The league’s investment bank, Houlihan Lowkey, indicated “dozens” of prospective buyers have surfaced. Most are eyeing a spring 2021 season, Kaplan notes.

Although the 2020 XFL season did not make it as far as 2001’s did, the product was better received than the more sensational endeavor was 19 years ago. XFL’s first effort made it through the season but did not return for a second year. The COVID-19 pandemic ended up nixing the rebooted season halfway through its 10-game slate, and several XFL 2.0 standouts have landed on NFL rosters.

The second XFL effort included messy fallout as well. Commissioner Oliver Luck sued McMahon in April. Several of the eight teams’ presidents filed claims to collect their pay, Kaplan writes in a separate piece. The sale process may drag on until September, Kaplan adds. This would complicate matters regarding player acquisitions for a potential 2021 season.

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18 comments on “XFL 2021 Return In Play?

  1. Dodgethis

    Only a millionaire thinks they should be paid for work they didn’t do. Sad.

  2. crosseyedlemon

    I would have thought the league’s investment bank was managed by Dewey, Cheatham & Howe.

  3. jkoms57

    Would like to see this get back going. They dont need big name expensive players .

    The coaches are still under contract in bankruptcy limbo, but would likely be picked up or bought out if the league is purchased.
    Meaning theres a good chance some of the coaches return.

    Starting fresh with players isnt terrible considering they’re all 1 yr deals with high turnover anyways

  4. jeterleader

    the ultimate xfl team
    Johnny manzail
    Antonio brown
    ray rice
    tyreek hill
    DeAndre Baker
    Quinton Dunbar
    Mike Vick
    Aaron Hernandez’s ghost
    oj Simpson

  5. forwhomjoshbelltolls

    The XFL…in case you want to watch Landry Jones play football and don’t know where his backyard is…

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