XFL: A Thank You to our Fans

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!

Sincerely,

Oliver Luck
XFL Commissioner + CEO

Jeffrey Pollack
XFL President + COO

XFL Statement on COVID-19

(XFL Statement) A player for the Seattle Dragons has tested positive for COVID-19. The player participated in the March 7 game against the Roughnecks in Houston and was asymptomatic at that time. He self-reported to team medical staff on March 10 and has been in quarantine since. A test was administered as early as possible, with the results received March 13.

As planned, and following the league announcing on March 12 that regular season games will not be played, all Dragons players met with team medical staff on March 13 for exit physicals. Each player was screened for symptoms, educated on the CDC recommended guidelines, and offered free extended-stay housing for those that chose to self-quarantine.

The league is alerting players, staff, vendors and partners associated with the Dragons, Roughnecks, and BattleHawks, as this player also participated in the February 29 game in St. Louis. The XFL is monitoring the situation closely and taking every measure necessary in accordance with recommendations set forth by the CDC and the Washington State Department of Health.

Resources regarding COVID-19:
State of Washington General Fact Sheet
What to do if you’re exposed to COVID-19
General Information from CDC

XFL Sets Soundtrack with League and Team Songs

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Stamford, Conn., March 11, 2020 – In support of its mission to bring a fresh, fun and innovative approach to America’s favorite sport, the XFL has tapped into the power of music to connect with fans and further energize their gameday experience. 

The league has teamed with DJDTP, a full-service music production company based in New York and Los Angeles, to create an original league anthem and unique theme songs for each of its eight teams. Credits for DJDTP include original music for EA Sports, Paramount, Disney, Netflix, Viacom and Universal, as well as hit singles with multiple major labels, including JoJo Siwa’s “D.R.E.A.M.”, Rachel Platten’s “Wonder” and the soundtracks for Disney Channel’s original hit movies “ZOMBIES” and “The Descendents”.

All nine songs are available on Spotify and iTunes and can be accessed through the links below.

With each XFL team and city possessing its own identity and culture, DJDTP went to work on creating original songs that combine the distinct experience of each locale with the essence of the XFL, “For the Love of Football”.

The result is an overarching XFL anthem that exudes the spirit of the league and its love of football and eight unique team anthems that serve as rallying cries for their fans during every home game and throughout the season.

“Music creates the soundtrack for sports memories that last a lifetime,” said Jeffrey Pollack, President and COO of the XFL. “The tracks produced by DJDTP help drive engagement and excitement inside our game venues and around the league.”

“Working closely with the XFL and each team president has been an incredible experience and opened up our eyes to the reality that we are all doing this ‘For the Love of Football’,” said James Petrie, COO of DJDTP. “Understanding what motivates and empowers teams and their fans have enabled us to craft authentic songs that enhance the XFL experience, engaging audiences across the board in support of their favorite team.”

Houston to Host 2020 XFL Championship Game


HOUSTON, February 13, 2020 – The XFL, the Harris County – Houston Sports Authority and the University of Houston today announced at a news conference that Houston, Texas, and TDECU Stadium on the U of H campus will host the league’s championship game on Sunday, April 26, 2020.

The game will feature the league’s champions from the East and West divisions and be televised nationally by ESPN at 3:00 p.m. ET.

“We’re tremendously excited to have been selected as the site for the XFL’s championship game,” said Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo. “This league has animated football fans from across our region, and we look forward to continuing to showcase Harris County as one of the greatest sports towns in America. We want to thank the league for choosing Houston and we look forward to welcoming football fans from across the nation to what is sure to be a memorable championship game.”

Following the 10-week regular season, which kicked off on February 8 and concludes on April 12, the top two teams in each XFL division will square off for the right to play for the league championship. The East Final is scheduled for Saturday, April 18 (3:00 p.m. ET, FOX), and the West Final will be held Sunday, April 19 (3:00 p.m. ET, ESPN), with the winners advancing to the XFL Championship in Houston the following weekend.

“Houston is a great all-around sports town with top-notch facilities, an amazing community of football fans and a solid infrastructure,” said XFL Commissioner and CEO Oliver Luck. “We are grateful to the city and the Sports Authority for opening its doors once again to the XFL and we look forward to welcoming fans from across Texas, as well as the entire country, to join us in celebrating this special moment in XFL history.”

“It’s fitting that the XFL’s first season will start and end in football-loving Houston and we’re honored to play a pivotal role in the launch of this new league,” Burke said. “Houston is known for hosting major sporting events and the XFL Championship will only strengthen our reputation. We’re thrilled to give football fans in this city the opportunity to experience the excitement of XFL football on the league’s biggest stage.”

TDECU Stadium, which opened in 2014 and has a capacity of more than 40,000, is the home of the XFL’s Houston Roughnecks and University of Houston Cougars football team. It has won numerous awards for its design and construction and offers a variety of premium seating, including 26 Suites, 42 Loge Boxes, 766 Club Seats, two Suite Decks and four Party Decks. There is also an abundance of tailgating areas around the stadium which will add to the pregame festivities.

“We are honored to partner with the XFL, the City of Houston and the Harris County – Houston Sports Authority to host the inaugural XFL Championship. We are excited to have the opportunity to showcase our university and world-class facilities to the nation,’’ said Chris Pezman, UH Vice President for Athletics.

“Since the announcement of the XFL’s arrival to Houston, we have been honored to partner with them and hope to continue to do so going forward. There has been a lot of hard work behind-the-scenes to make this a reality and I would like to thank many members of our executive leadership team in making this venture possible. The XFL Championship game will not only benefit the University of Houston, but it will be a major national sporting event for our city this April.”

Tickets for the XFL Championship will go on sale to the general public starting in March at XFL.com/championship. Ticket prices will be released at that time, with priority status given to Founding XFL Season Ticket Members.

New York Guardians select nine players during the XFL Supplemental Draft

Mahwah, NJ., November 22, 2019 – During the XFL supplemental draft, the New York Guardians selected a total of nine players who will have the opportunity to join the team at Mini Camp beginning on December 3. The players selected in today’s draft join the Guardians’ pool of drafted players from the XFL Draft held on October 15-16.

With the 6th pick in the 1st round of the XFL supplemental draft, the New York Guardians selected Antonio Morrison, a linebacker from the University of Florida. The 6’1 240-lb linebacker was selected in the 4th round of the 2016 NFL Draft by the Indianapolis Colts and went on to spend three years in the NFL with the Colts and Packers.

In the 2nd round, the New York Guardians selected Justin Vogel, a punter from the University of Miami. The Florida native appeared in 16 games for the Green Bay Packers in 2017, averaging more than 44 yards per punt.

Brian Wallace was selected by the Guardians with the 6th pick in the 3rd round of the supplemental draft.  The 6’5, 320-lb offensive tackle was excellent in protection for the University of Arkansas allowing only three sacks in 411 passing snaps throughout his senior year. The former Razorback also totaled a career-high of 807 snaps during that same year.

With the 3rd pick of the 4th round, the Guardians selected former Akron cornerback, Bryce Jones. Jones transferred from Boston College and went on to lead the team in passes defended (9), while also amassing 50 total tackles in 12 games during his senior year. At 6’0, 180-lbs, Jones produced more than 1,300 yards and 12 touchdowns as a quarterback at Cleveland Heights High School.

A.J. Hendy, a defensive back from the University of Maryland was selected by the Guardians with the 5th pick of the 5th round. At 6’1 and 201-lbs, Hendy has appeared in 16 preseason NFL games since 2016, compiling 38 tackles and one interception. In four years at Maryland, Hendy produced 142 total tackles with a career-high of 76 during his senior season.

In the 6th round, Garrett Hudson was selected by the Guardians with the 3rd pick. The first of two tight ends selected by the Guardians was named to the First-Team All-CAA during his senior year at Richmond. The 6’4, 240-lb tight end compiled more than 1000 yards on 65 catches to go with nine touchdowns during his three-year college career.

The second tight end taken by the Guardians was 6’3, 250-lb Keenan Brown out of Texas State. The 4th pick of the 7th round was named a First-Team All American by Pro Football Focus despite coming out of high school as a wide receiver. Brown led the Sun Belt conference with 51 catches and 577 yards from the tight end position.

With the 3rd pick in the 8th round, Damon Sheehy-Guiseppi was selected by the New York Guardians. Sheehy-Guiseppi made a name for himself with an 86 yard punt return for the Cleveland Browns in preseason action. Sheehy-Guiseppi was named first-team NJCAA All-American in 2016 after compiling 1,278 kick return yards and four touchdowns.

A positional need was filled with the Guardians 9th and final pick of the 2019 supplemental draft. Kicker, Matthew McCrane has appeared in four games in the NFL with the Raiders, Cardinals and Steelers with a career-long kick of 47 yards. McCrane ranked 2nd in the Big12 with 21 field goals made in 2017 and led the NCAA in 2014 with a 94.7 field goal percentage.

For a full list of all New York Guardians previous selections, please visit this Roster page.

The New York Guardians will play their first game at home at MetLife Stadium on February 9, 2020 at 2pm ET. The New York Guardians will play all five home games at MetLife Stadium. Lower level season tickets start at $25 per game and season ticket packages range from $125 to $575 per seat.

Fans can visit XFLGuardians.com to learn more about Guardians tickets, see all prices and benefits, and sign up for special information and content.

The following chart lists of all players selected during the supplemental draft:

Supplemental Draft

Round

Pick

Name

Position

School

1

6

Antonio Morrison

LB

Florida

2

3

Justin Vogel

P

Miami (FL)

3

6

Brian Wallace

OT

Arkansas

4

3

Bryce Jones

CB

Akron

5

5

A.J. Hendy

S

Maryland

6

3

Garrett Hudson

TE

Richmond

7

4

Keenen Brown

TE

Texas State

8

3

Damon Sheehy-Guiseppi

WR

Phoenix CC

9

3

Matthew McCrane

K

Kansas State

 

XFL Signs Three More Quarterbacks

Stamford, Conn., November 22, 2019 – Today the XFL announced additional quarterback assignments for three of the league’s eight teams:

• LOS ANGELES WILDCATS: Josh Johnson
• ST. LOUIS BATTLEHAWKS: Taylor Heinicke
• SEATTLE DRAGONS: Chase Litton

“Our coaches and scouts are continuing to identify the very best talent available to the XFL and our teams, which elevates the level of competition,” said XFL Commissioner and CEO, Oliver Luck. “We are excited to welcome these three talented quarterbacks to our league and look forward to mini-camp when our teams get on the field and competition begins.”

PLAYER BIOS:

Josh Johnson, LOS ANGELES WILDCATS:
A veteran QB with 11 years of NFL experience, Johnson has played in 33 games with eight starts and compiled a 55% completion percentage with 1,632 yards and 8 TDs. The Oakland, CA native spent 2019 with the Detroit Lions and 2018 with the Washington Redskins, where he threw for 590 yards and three touchdowns in three starts. An All-American and Walter Payton Award Finalist at the University of San Diego, Johnson was drafted in the fifth round of the 2008 NFL Draft.

Taylor Heinicke, ST. LOUIS BATTLEHAWKS:
Heinicke played four years at QB for Old Dominion University (2011-2014), and finished his career ranked third all-time in FBS history in total offense, fourth in FBS with 132 touchdown passes and sixth in passing yards. In 2012, he earned the Walter Payton Award (FCS) and was First-Team All-America. Undrafted in 2015, Heinicke spent time with the Minnesota Vikings (2015-2017), New England Patriots (2017), Houston Texans (2017) and the Carolina Panthers (2018-2019).

Chase Litton, SEATTLE DRAGONS:
Litton finished his college career at Marshall University ranked fifth in school history in career passing yards (8,332), fourth in career passing touchdowns (72), and completions (727). The Florida native is the second QB at Marshall to complete 60% of passes in three consecutive seasons. After his final season (2017) where he set single-season highs in completions (266), passing yards (3,115), and passing touchdowns (25), Litton declared for the NFL Draft and was invited to the NFL Scouting Combine. He spent time with the Kansas City Chiefs (practice squad) in 2018 and the Jacksonville Jaguars (practice squad) in 2019.

XFL Rounds up all Eight Teams for Training Camp in Houston

Stamford, Conn., Nov. 19, 2019 – Today, at a news conference led by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and Janis Burke, CEO of the Harris County – Houston Sports Authority, XFL Commissioner Oliver Luck announced that Houston will host the league’s centralized preseason training camp for all eight of its teams.

XFL teams will practice and continue to get ready for the 2020 season at locations across Harris County from January 4-22. Nearly 1,000 players, coaches, staff, game officials and production teams from FOX Sports and ESPN, will descend on the city for nearly three weeks of training and operations.

The XFL has committed to more than 10,000 room nights for players and staff who plan to consume more than 60,000 meals during their time in Houston. According to the Harris County – Houston Sports Authority, the XFL training camps are expected to generate in excess of $7,000,000 of revenue for Harris County.

“Houston is a sports town,” said Houston Mayor Turner. “We have great fans and we support our teams. The XFL made the right call when it chose the city as the home of the Roughnecks, and now, I am even more excited that all eight XFL teams and nearly 1,000 representatives will come to the Houston area for their training camps in January 2020. I’m confident this will generate a great deal of fan excitement and interest in the new football league.”

“We’ve been involved since the initial proposal to the XFL and for me and my team to see it through and get to this point is incredible,’’ Burke said. “We’re thrilled to have all eight teams starting off here in Houston and equally as thrilled that the fans will get to share in the launch of this new league. They’re bringing a new exciting brand of football to a city that loves the game, and we’re proud that we were able to play a part in it.’’

Starting January 4, XFL teams will practice at the following facilities:

“Everyone at the XFL is grateful to each of the area college and high school athletic directors who have helped make this a reality,” said Commissioner Luck. “We are excited to welcome our teams to Houston and benefit from these world-class facilities as we prepare for kick-off on February 8, 2020.”

XFL Launches Football Advisory Network

XFL Football Advisory Network

Stamford, Conn., Nov. 18, 2019 – Today the XFL officially kicks off the Football Advisory Network (F.A.N.) — a digital community that gives football fans who love the sport an interactive platform to share their feedback and have their opinions heard on all aspects of America’s #1 game and the new league.

Through participation in surveys, polls, and discussions on a variety of on-and off-the-field topics, members of the F.A.N. community will help the XFL design its fan experience and shape its game. Football fans can visit xfl.com/football-advisory-network to enroll, join the conversations and learn more.

“We love the game of football and we want what our fans want,” said Jeffrey Pollack, XFL President and COO. “The XFL is a league that listens, and the Football Advisory Network is an important platform that enables our direct connection to fans who share our love of football. This national panel will help us listen and learn from football fans in each of our eight markets and across the country.”

In addition to participating in discussions and sharing opinions, members of the F.A.N. community will have exclusive access to special content, giveaways, events and more.

Over the past four weeks, founding XFL Season Ticket Members have already started to participate in the F.A.N. and identify key areas of the game they want the league to focus on, including ticket affordability, seat value, and on-field game day experiences. In one poll question asking “If you were named commissioner of a professional football league tomorrow, would you change anything about the game or fan experience,” 90 percent of respondents said yes and, specifically, 54 percent of fans said they would make changes to the rules of the game and the in-stadium experience.

XFL Keeps Score with Champion Data

Stamford, Conn., November 15, 2019 – The XFL today named Champion Data its official statistics partner. Champion Data will develop, build, and maintain proprietary technology for the XFL to deliver a comprehensive data solution.

The partnership will provide the league with in-depth statistical collection and reporting, advanced research and analysis, and editorial services. Champion Data employees will work closely with the XFL’s headquarters in Connecticut and also train in-venue staff to capture data at every game.

“Champion Data is a proven innovator in sports stats and analytics and we are excited to be building an end-to-end, low-latency stats platform and API in partnership with the team,” said Jeffrey Pollack, XFL President and COO. “Our solution is designed to bring the most comprehensive game-day statistics to our fans and our partners, in real-time, across every platform that matters.”

“Champion Data is thrilled to partner with the XFL to help evolve the game of football and re-think how statistics are captured, analyzed and presented,” said Chris Hume, Champion Data Director. “At Champion Data we understand the power of statistics – the story behind the game – and we look forward to supporting all XFL stakeholders from the league through to the teams, broadcast partners, sponsors and, most importantly, the fans.”

Beyond the day-to-day relationship, the XFL and Champion Data will explore new business opportunities together and across sports data and technology.

Over the past 20 years, Champion Data has grown to become Australia’s leading provider of official live sports data and related services, including data visualization, advanced data analytics, coaching products, and athlete tracking. Champion Data is the official statistics provider to the Australian Football League (AFL), Australia’s leading professional football code featuring 18 professional teams. For more information, visit www.championdata.com.

To learn more and receive updates on XFL stats API, visit www.xfl.com/api.

Mark Your Calendars: XFL Reveals 2020 Schedule

Stamford, Conn., Oct. 22, 2019 – The XFL today announced its 2020 schedule, a 79-day sprint from kick-off to the championship game.

The 10-week regular season starts Saturday, February 8 at 2:00 PM ET, with the DC Defenders hosting the Seattle Dragons on ABC, followed by the Los Angeles Wildcats traveling to Houston for a game against the Roughnecks at 5:00 PM ET on FOX.

The XFL’s first weekend continues on Sunday, February 9, when the New York Guardians host the Tampa Bay Vipers at 2:00 PM ET on FOX and concludes later that day as the Dallas Renegades host the St. Louis BattleHawks at 5:00 PM ET on ESPN.

Additional regular-season highlights include home openers for Seattle on February 15, Los Angeles on February 16, Tampa Bay on February 22, and St. Louis on February 23. The country’s two biggest markets — New York and Los Angeles — meet only one time on February 29, when the Wildcats take on the Guardians at MetLife Stadium. The first of two Texas intrastate match-ups between the Roughnecks and Renegades follows on March 1 in Dallas.

XFL tickets will be available for general public purchase via Ticketmaster on October 24 at 10:00 AM local time in each XFL city. Fans can visit XFL.com/tickets to learn more about tickets for all XFL teams, see prices and benefits, and sign up for special information and content.

The eight-team league is divided into two four-team divisions, East and West. The XFL East features the DC Defenders, New York Guardians, St. Louis BattleHawks, and Tampa Bay Vipers. The Dallas Renegades, Houston Roughnecks, Los Angeles Wildcats, and Seattle Dragons comprise the XFL West.

Each XFL team will host five home games and will play a schedule that features a home-and-home series against division rivals and one game against each team in the other division.

Every XFL game will air live on national television, including 25 games broadcast on ABC and FOX. In the regular season, four games are scheduled each week, typically with two back-to-back games on both Saturdays and Sundays. The XFL schedule also features two primetime Thursday night games in the final weeks of the regular season.

Following the regular season, the top two teams in each division will square off for the right to play for the league championship on Sunday, April 26 at 3:00 PM ET on ESPN. The East Final is scheduled for Saturday, April 18 (FOX, 3:00 PM ET), and the West Final will be held Sunday, April 19 (ESPN, 3:00 PM ET). The first-place team in each division will host its respective division final.