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XFL suspends operations, all employees laid off

There were already questions about the future of the XFL when the league was forced to cancel the re-boot season and now there are more signs of trouble for the league as they have announced that they have suspended operations.

ESPN’s Field Yates is reporting that XFL COO Jeffrey Pollock informed employees today about operations being suspended, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

It is unclear what the future holds for the league as TV ratings started out strong but declined after the first week. Attendance was still strong in certain markets and there was hope for the second season as the fan reaction seemed to be positive compared the the first time Vince McMahon launched the league in 2001.

McMahon had earmarked $500 million for the first three years but the COVID-19 pandemic may force him to change course, especially with WWE also being affected financially due to not being able to run shows in arenas with fans.

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