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XFL steps up launch plans with ESPN, Fox Sports deals

The XFL has agreed multi-year rights deals with US sports broadcaster ESPN and the Fox Sports division of the Fox network as the new American football league prepares for its 2020 launch.

From the inaugural 2020 season, XFL games will air weekly on broadcast television (ABC and Fox) complemented by games on cable (ESPN, ESPN2, FS1 and FS2).

The League said the television schedule devised under these deals will allow for consistent appointment viewing each week with back-to-back games starting Saturday afternoons at 2pm ET, as well as two additional games on Sunday afternoons.

The agreements were negotiated by CAA Sports and Evolution Media Capital on behalf of the XFL.

The spring-season XFL will kick off on February 8, 2020 with teams in Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, St. Louis, Seattle, Tampa Bay and Washington DC.