We have to wait until 2020 until we see the beginning of the XFL making their comeback, but we now know where we will be watching the games. The XFL has officially struck its deal with both Fox Sports and Disney, meaning the XFL will be broadcasted on ABC, ESPN, Fox, and FS1.
Vince McMahon’s XFL is looking to make a strong impression after we recently saw the AAF come to life, and abruptly end within the same season. The XFL has a bigger financial backing, but they still had to get a TV deal where there wasn’t any cash involved in the transaction. Regarding the “no rights fee paid” arrangement, Joe Flint of the Wall Street Journal adds details:
“Terms of the three-year deal weren’t disclosed, but people familiar with the matter said no cash is changing hands. Disney and Fox will keep all the television advertising inventory for the games and cover production costs while the football league will sell sponsorships, the people said.”
BREAKING: broadcast TV telecasts to be big component for @xfl2020 multiyear deals with @espn and @FOXSports (24 of 43 games on ABC or Fox). No rights fee paid. ESPN and Fox hold streaming rights https://t.co/UEbdcpoL1v pic.twitter.com/USdLtXTmHT
— Sports Business Journal (@sbjsbd) May 6, 2019