XFL Announces Broadcast Deal With Disney, Fox

06 Mai, 2019, 20:24 | Auteur: Christine Menetries
  • On Monday the XFL announced broadcasting deals with ESPN and Fox. Shown here is league CEO Oliver Luck

The XFL announced on Monday that it has partnered with Disney to put XFL games on a number of platforms when the league debuts in 2020, with games expected to air on ABC and Fox as well as ESPN and Fox Sports channels. The XFL TV schedule allows for consistent appointment viewing each week with back-to-back games starting Saturday afternoons at 2 pm ET as well as two additional games on Sunday afternoons.

More than half the league's games will be broadcast on ESPN and Fox channels.

Weeks after the Alliance of American Football shut down, the XFL, another professional football league that will play after the NFL season concludes, announced its 2020 television schedule, reports SportsBusinessDaily.com's John Ourand.

"We look forward to showcasing the XFL on ESPN and ABC, including the kickoff game and championship during the league's inaugural season", Burke Magnus, ESPN executive vice president for programming and scheduling, said in a release. "We believe in their vision for the XFL, which will be a great addition to our year-round commitment to football". The Wall Street Journal also echoed this, and noted ESPN and FOX will also hold streaming rights to the XFL games as well. With other games showing up on FS1 and ESPN both now easily available to cord cutters.

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"We welcome the XFL to the FOX Sports Family and are pleased to expand our relationship with Vince McMahon", said Eric Shanks, FOX Sports CEO & Executive Producer. "Football is in FOX Sports' DNA and a key component of our programming strategy". XFL will handle sponsorships at the venues.

The agreements were negotiated by CAA Sports and Evolution Media Capital (EMC) on behalf of the XFL. ESPN is 80 percent owned by ABC, Inc.

Two games will be broadcast live that day, with the first being shown on ABC and the nightcap being shown by Fox.

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