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XFL Reveals TV Schedule For Inaugural Season

“The XFL’s eight-team, 10-week schedule will average two games every Saturday and Sunday, from early February until the playoffs in late April.”

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For the second year in a row, a startup professional football league will kickoff their inaugural season one week after the Super Bowl. In 2019 it was the Alliance of American Football League, in 2020 it’s Vince McMahon’s reboot of the XFL, which announced their broadcast schedule Tuesday. 

During its first season, the XFL will partner with ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, FOX, FS1 and FS2 as they combine to televise every game of the league’s 10-week season.

“There is such an appetite for football in America, and FOX Sports is thrilled to offer our viewers even more of the sport they love with the debut of XFL on FOX,” said Mark Silverman, President, National Networks FOX Sports. “As part of our continued commitment to live sports, we’re thrilled February no longer marks the end of football season at FOX Sports, but the beginning of a new partnership and robust schedule.”

Historically, startup professional football leagues have struggled to gain traction and find their niche. One year after the failed Alliance of American Football League and nearly two decades after the XFL lasted just one season, the reboot hopes to convince fans football doesn’t end after the Super Bowl.

The XFL’s eight-team, 10-week schedule will average two games every Saturday and Sunday, from early February until the playoffs in late April.

WEEK 1
Saturday, February 8: Seattle Dragons at DC Defenders, 2pm, ABC
Saturday, February 8: Los Angeles Wildcats at Houston Roughnecks, 5pm, FOX
Sunday, February 9: Tampa Bay Vipers at New York Guardians, 2pm, FOX
Sunday, February 9: St. Louis BattleHawks at Dallas Renegades, 5pm, ESPN

WEEK 2
Saturday, February 15: New York Guardians at DC Defenders, 2pm, ABC
Saturday, February 15: Tampa Bay Vipers at Seattle Dragons, 5pm, FOX
Sunday, February 16: Dallas Renegades at Los Angeles Wildcats, 3pm, ABC
Sunday, February 16: St. Louis BattleHawks at Houston Roughnecks, 6pm, FS1

WEEK 3
Saturday, February 22: Houston Roughnecks at Tampa Bay Vipers, 2pm, ABC
Saturday, February 22: Dallas Renegades at Seattle Dragons, 5pm, FOX
Sunday, February 23: New York Guardians at St. Louis BattleHawks, 3pm, ESPN
Sunday, February 23: DC Defenders at Los Angeles Wildcats, 6pm, FS1

WEEK 4
Saturday, February 29: Los Angeles Wildcats at New York Guardians, 2pm, ABC
Saturday, February 29: Seattle Dragons at St. Louis BattleHawks, 5pm, FOX
Sunday, March 1: Houston Roughnecks at Dallas Renegades, 4pm, FS1
Sunday, March 1: DC Defenders at Tampa Bay Vipers, 7pm, ESPN2

WEEK 5
Saturday, March 7: Seattle Dragons at Houston Roughnecks, 2pm, ABC
Saturday, March 7: New York Guardians at Dallas Renegades, 5pm, FOX
Sunday, March 8: St. Louis BattleHawks at DC Defenders, 3pm, FS1
Sunday, March 8: Tampa Bay Vipers at Los Angeles Wildcats, 9pm, ESPN

WEEK 6
Saturday, March 14: Houston Roughnecks at New York Guardians, 2pm, ABC
Saturday, March 14: St. Louis BattleHawks at Tampa Bay Vipers, 5pm, FS2
Sunday, March 15: Dallas Renegades at DC Defenders, 4pm, FS1
Sunday, March 15: Los Angeles Wildcats at Seattle Dragons, 7pm, ESPN2

WEEK 7
Saturday, March 21: Dallas Renegades at Tampa Bay Vipers, 2pm, ABC
Saturday, March 21: Los Angeles Wildcats at St. Louis BattleHawks, 5pm, FOX
Sunday, March 22: New York Guardians at Seattle Dragons, 3pm, ABC
Sunday, March 22: DC Defenders at Houston Roughnecks, 6pm, FS1

WEEK 8
Saturday, March 28: Tampa Bay Vipers at DC Defenders, 2pm, ABC
Saturday, March 28: St. Louis BattleHawks at New York Guardians, 5pm, FOX
Sunday, March 29: Houston Roughnecks at Los Angeles Wildcats, 3pm, ABC
Sunday, March 29: Seattle Dragons at Dallas Renegades, 6pm, FS1

WEEK 9
Thursday, April 2: Dallas Renegades at Houston Roughnecks, 8pm, FOX
Saturday, April 4: DC Defenders at New York Guardians, 2pm, ABC
Sunday, April 5: Tampa Bay Vipers at St. Louis BattleHawks, 12pm, ESPN
Sunday, April 5: Seattle Dragons at Los Angeles Wildcats, 6pm, FS1

WEEK 10
Thursday, April 9: Los Angeles Wildcats at Dallas Renegades, 8pm, FOX
Saturday, April 11: Houston Roughnecks at Seattle Dragons, 2pm, ABC
Sunday, April 12: DC Defenders at St. Louis BattleHawks OR New York Guardians at Tampa Bay Vipers*, 3pm, ABC
Sunday, April 12: New York Guardians at Tampa Bay Vipers OR DC Defenders at St. Louis BattleHawks*, 6pm, FS1

PLAYOFFS
Saturday, April 18: East 2 at East 1, 3pm, FOX
Sunday, April 19: West 2 at West 1, 3pm, ESPN

CHAMPIONSHIP
Sunday, April 26: XFL Championship, 3pm, ESPN

Brandon Contes is a freelance writer for BSM. He can be found on Twitter @BrandonContes. To reach him by email click here.

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FanDuel TV Strikes Deal With ONE Championship Martial Arts

“We’ve long respected the content the ONE Championship team is producing and are looking forward to bringing their action to our audience through FanDuel TV and FanDuel+.”

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FanDuel TV and ONE Championship Martial Arts have struck a deal that will see the MMA, Muay Thai, kickboxing, and submission grappling series air weekly events on the newly launched channel.

“We’re eager to continue expanding the variety of content we’re offering at FanDuel TV to introduce our audience to emerging sports,” said FanDuel Chief Commercial Officer Mike Raffensperger. “We’ve long respected the content the ONE Championship team is producing and are looking forward to bringing their action to our audience through FanDuel TV and FanDuel+.”

ONE Championship is a top-five global sports property for digital viewership and engagement according to Nielsen measurements.

“We are thrilled to join the FanDuel TV lineup and give our passionate U.S. audience yet another way to engage with ONE Championship,” said ONE Championship Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong. “Having a quality partner in FanDuel will help raise the profile of our company in the region and provide their viewers with action-packed martial arts events like they have never seen before.”

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Bob Costas Re-Lives First Announcing Assignment For NBC

“My biography usually says I began with them in 1980, but technically the first time I was on the air with them was in December 1979.”

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Legendary sports broadcaster Bob Costas appeared on KNBR’s Tolbert & Copes Thursday to discuss the death of Baseball Hall of Famer Gaylord Perry. But before the conversation turned to the recently departed pitcher, the show asked Costas about what he has announced that would surprise someone. He reminisced about his first time on the air for NBC.

“My very first assignment for NBC, my biography usually says I began with them in 1980, but technically the first time I was on the air with them was in December 1979,” Costas recounted. “There was a program on NBC then called Sports World. It was an anthology series that was their answer to the gold standard, ABC’s Wide World of Sports.

“So they traveled the globe, like Wide World of Sports did. So they sent me, wearing a red NBC jacket, to Tokyo to cover a sumo wrestling tournament with seven-time world power-lifting champion Larry Pacifico as my color man. Now, this is all the Japanese I learned as we came on the air: ‘Minasan kon’nichwa watashinoamaeha Bob Costas’, which means ‘Hello everyone, my name is Bob Costas’. If ever there was typecasting, when they sat and looked at their roster of announcers and went ‘Who should we send to the sumo wrestling? It’s gotta be Costas, who’s entire body weight would constitute one meal for the sumo wrestling champion.”

Costas departed NBC Sports in 2019 after 40 years with the network, announcing MLB, NBA, and the Olympics, in addition to his work with the network’s sumo wrestling coverage.

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Matt Leinart, Alex Smith Make Wager Over Pac-12 Championship Game

“I gotta be honest with you: I’m not that nervous. I know that sounds kind of arrogant and confident.”

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FOX Sports analyst Matt Leinart and ESPN analyst Alex Smith have made a friendly wager over the upcoming Pac-12 Championship Game.

USC, Leinart’s alma mater, is slated to play Utah, where Smith attended, in the game Friday evening on FOX from Las Vegas.

The two agreed to don the other player’s jersey. “At least it will be 11,” Smith said, noting he and Leinart both wore the number during their playing days.

“I gotta be honest with you: I’m not that nervous,” Leinart said when presented with the offer. “I know that sounds kind of arrogant and confident.” Smith jokingly responded by calling USC “Free Agent University”. He added he would overnight Leinart a jersey to ensure he had one if the Utes were victorious.

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