Last week we told you that the reason the AAF abruptly folded was the man that infused the $250-million into it in just the second week of the season, Carolina Hurricanes owner Tom Dundon, learned that the league wasn’t making any money on televised game as much as actually paying for them.
And I guess you don’t become a multi-millionaire if you can’t see what a terrible business model that is.
But that will not be a problem for the XFL when it kicks off next year after Vince McMahon’s soon to be rebooted league announced multi-year agreements with ESPN and FOX Sports to televise XFL games starting with its inaugural 2020 season yesterday.
XFL games will air weekly on broadcast TV (ABC and FOX) complemented by games on cable (ESPN, ESPN2, FS1 and FS2). 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.
"We look forward to showcasing the XFL on ESPN and ABC, including the kickoff game and championship during the league's inaugural season," said and ESPN Executive VP. "Vince McMahon and Oliver Luck are two of the sports industry's most creative and experienced leaders, and they have exciting plans for this league. We believe in their vision for the XFL, which will be a great addition to our year-round commitment to football."
The XFL will kick off on Saturday, February 8, 2020 with teams in Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, St. Louis, Seattle, Tampa Bay and Washington D.C. Additional XFL-themed programming and on-air talent will be announced in the future.
And people will be watching and paying their bills.
Maybe the AAF should study this model if they are looking for a reboot as well… or just take an introduction to business class instead.