2020 XFL season

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2020 XFL season
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LeagueXFL
SportAmerican football
DurationRegular season:
February 8 – April 12 (planned)
February 8 – March 8 (actual)
Number of gamesRegular season:
10 per team (planned)
5 per team (actual)
Number of teams8
TV partner(s)ESPN, ESPN2, ABC, Fox, FS1
Best regular season recordHouston Roughnecks (5–0)
Seasons
2022 →

The 2020 XFL season was the first season in the reboot of the XFL, and the second in the history of the XFL brand created and owned by professional wrestling magnate Vince McMahon, coming 19 years after the 2001 XFL season.

The season began on February 8, 2020, with the DC Defenders hosting and defeating the Seattle Dragons. The league planned to have a ten-week regular season through April 12, with division championships April 18 and 19, with the XFL Championship scheduled for April 26 in Houston.[1]

In March 2020, amid the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States, the XFL announced that the league would be cancelling the rest of the season, ahead of the league's suspension of operations and bankruptcy filing a month later.[2]

Teams[edit]

As with the 2001 XFL, the 2020 XFL operated eight teams, all centrally owned by the league's holding company, Alpha Entertainment LLC, as a single entity. Alpha Entertainment was spun off from WWE to keep the league's finances separate from the professional wrestling enterprise, with McMahon the sole proprietor.[3] Two of the original league's metropolitan areas also received teams in the revival: New York and Los Angeles. All eight teams received new brandings on August 21, 2019: the New York Guardians, DC Defenders, Tampa Bay Vipers, St. Louis BattleHawks, Dallas Renegades, Houston Roughnecks, Seattle Dragons, and Los Angeles Wildcats.[4]

Draft[edit]

The 2020 XFL Draft was held October 15 and 16, 2019, via conference call. Seventy-one players were allocated to each team in separate position drafts: one marquee quarterback allocated by the league to each team, ten skill positions, ten offensive linemen, ten defensive linemen and/or linebackers, ten defensive backs, and thirty players of any position. Due to the structure of the draft, there was no true first overall selection. A supplemental draft was held in late November.[5]

Season structure[edit]

Preseason[edit]

Minicamps were held at each team's discretion in December 2019. The Wildcats hosted their minicamp at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas[6] while the Renegades hosted theirs at Arlington High School. The Vipers hosted their minicamp at the renovated Plant City Stadium, which also served as the team's headquarters and practice venue during the season.[7]

The XFL held its training camps in Houston, Texas, from January 4–22, 2020. Each team trained at a different stadium in the city, with the hometown Houston Roughnecks using their game stadium, TDECU Stadium. The other seven were as follows:

The eight teams held informal scrimmages against each other.[8] The league did not initially plan to host exhibition games, but the television networks requested preseason matchups in order to conduct trial runs for their broadcasts. These were held during the day midweek in late January and were closed to the public.

Regular season[edit]

The league is divided into two divisions, East and West. Each team was given a ten-game schedule with no bye weeks, playing two games against each division rival (one home and one away) and one game against each team in the other division.

Cancellation[edit]

As the COVID-19 pandemic began to escalate in major American cities, there were concerns in regards to the spread of COVID-19. On March 11, the state of Washington imposed social distancing measures prohibiting the gathering of 250 or more persons. The league initially stated that a Seattle Dragons game against Los Angeles would be held behind closed doors as scheduled.[9] McMahon was planning on defying a similar guideline issued by New Jersey and going ahead with a game between the Houston Roughnecks and New York Guardians at MetLife Stadium with a full crowd, as New Jersey governor Phil Murphy had not made those guidelines mandatory at the time and the league was expecting a large attendance.[10] After the National Basketball Association suspended all games after two players tested positive of the virus, further social distancing measures were announced elsewhere and an unnamed Dragons player developed symptoms of the virus (he later tested positive).[11] The next day, the XFL announced it too canceled the remainder of their regular season.[2]

Playoffs[edit]

The playoffs were to feature four teams, two from each division. In contrast to the 2001 XFL (which used a crossover approach in which teams faced the opposite division), the 2020 XFL would feature two division games, with the top two teams in each division facing off against each other to determine who represents the division in the XFL Championship.[1]

On February 13, 2020, the XFL formally announced that the name of the game would be the "XFL Championship" (reviving the alternate title of the first XFL Championship, which was also known as the Million Dollar Game) and would be held at TDECU Stadium in Houston, Texas.[12] The league initially had hoped that the social distancing measures would expire later in the season to allow the championship to be held.[13] Any hope of resuming the season ended on April 10 with the league terminating almost all of its remaining employees and suspending operations.[14]

Standings[edit]

2020 XFL standings
East Division[15]
Team W–L PCT TD+/- TD+ TD- DIV PF PA DIFF STK
DC Defenders 3–2 .600 -3 9 12 2–1 82 89 -7 W1
St. Louis BattleHawks 3–2 .600 3 11 8 1–1 97 77 20 L1
New York Guardians 3–2 .600 -1 8 9 1–2 79 85 -6 W2
Tampa Bay Vipers 1–4 .200 -4 11 15 1–1 98 115 -17 L1
West Division[15]
Team W–L PCT TD+/- TD+ TD- DIV PF PA DIFF STK
Houston Roughnecks 5–0 1.000 7 21 14 3–0 158 111 47 W5
Dallas Renegades 2–3 .400 -3 9 12 2–1 90 102 -12 L2
Los Angeles Wildcats 2–3 .400 4 18 14 0–2 129 122 7 W1
Seattle Dragons 1–4 .200 -3 12 15 0–2 87 119 -32 L3


Season schedule[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Week 1
Date and time Away team Result Home team Stadium Attendance Broadcast[16] Viewership[17]
(millions)
February 8, 2:00 p.m. ET Seattle Dragons 19 31 DC Defenders Audi Field 17,163[18] ABC 3.30
February 8, 5:00 p.m. ET Los Angeles Wildcats 17 37 Houston Roughnecks TDECU Stadium 17,815[19] Fox, Fox Deportes 3.29
February 9, 2:00 p.m. ET Tampa Bay Vipers 3 23 New York Guardians MetLife Stadium 17,634[20] Fox, Fox Deportes 3.39
February 9, 5:00 p.m. ET St. Louis BattleHawks 15 9 Dallas Renegades Globe Life Park in Arlington 17,206[21] ESPN, ESPN Deportes 2.50
Week 2
Date and time Away team Result Home team Stadium Attendance Broadcast Viewership[22]
(millions)
February 15, 2:00 p.m. ET New York Guardians 0 27 DC Defenders Audi Field 15,031[23] ABC 2.13
February 15, 5:00 p.m. ET Tampa Bay Vipers 9 17 Seattle Dragons CenturyLink Field 29,172[24] Fox, Fox Deportes 2.32
February 16, 3:00 p.m. ET Dallas Renegades 25 18 Los Angeles Wildcats Dignity Health Sports Park 14,979[25] ABC, ESPN Deportes 2.40
February 16, 6:00 p.m. ET St. Louis BattleHawks 24 28 Houston Roughnecks TDECU Stadium 17,103 FS1 1.36
Week 3
Date and time Away team Result Home team Stadium Attendance Broadcast Viewership[26]
(millions)
February 22, 2:00 p.m. ET Houston Roughnecks 34 27 Tampa Bay Vipers Raymond James Stadium 18,117 ABC 1.914
February 22, 5:00 p.m. ET Dallas Renegades 24 12 Seattle Dragons CenturyLink Field 22,060 Fox 2.051
February 23, 3:00 p.m. ET New York Guardians 9 29 St. Louis BattleHawks The Dome at America's Center 29,554 ESPN 1.473
February 23, 6:00 p.m. ET DC Defenders 9 39 Los Angeles Wildcats Dignity Health Sports Park 12,221 FS1 1.004
Week 4
Date and time Away team Result Home team Stadium Attendance Broadcast Viewership[27]
(millions)
February 29, 2:00 p.m. ET Los Angeles Wildcats 14 17 New York Guardians MetLife Stadium 12,116[28] ABC 1.558
February 29, 5:00 p.m. ET Seattle Dragons 16 23 St. Louis BattleHawks The Dome at America's Center 27,527[29] Fox 1.802
March 1, 4:00 p.m. ET Houston Roughnecks 27 20 Dallas Renegades Globe Life Park in Arlington 18,332[30] FS1 1.113
March 1, 7:00 p.m. ET DC Defenders 0 25 Tampa Bay Vipers Raymond James Stadium 12,249[31] ESPN2 1.030
Week 5
Date and time Away team Result Home team Stadium Attendance Broadcast Viewership[32]
(millions)
March 7, 2:00 p.m. ET Seattle Dragons 23 32 Houston Roughnecks TDECU Stadium 19,773 ABC 1.547
March 7, 5:00 p.m. ET New York Guardians 30 12 Dallas Renegades GlobeLife Park in Arlington 15,950 Fox 1.497
March 8, 3:00 p.m. ET St. Louis BattleHawks 6 15 DC Defenders Audi Field 16,342 FS1 0.833
March 8, 9:00 p.m. ET Tampa Bay Vipers 34 41 Los Angeles Wildcats Dignity Health Sports Park 12,181 ESPN 0.757

Canceled games[edit]

Week 6
Date and time Away team Home team Stadium Broadcast
March 14, 2:00 p.m. ET Houston Roughnecks New York Guardians MetLife Stadium ABC
March 14, 5:00 p.m. ET St. Louis BattleHawks Tampa Bay Vipers Raymond James Stadium FS2
March 15, 4:00 p.m. ET Dallas Renegades DC Defenders Audi Field FS1
March 15, 7:00 p.m. ET Los Angeles Wildcats Seattle Dragons CenturyLink Field ESPN2
Week 7
Date and time Away team Home team Stadium Broadcast
March 21, 2:00 p.m. ET Dallas Renegades Tampa Bay Vipers Raymond James Stadium ABC
March 21, 5:00 p.m. ET Los Angeles Wildcats St. Louis BattleHawks The Dome at America's Center Fox
March 22, 3:00 p.m. ET New York Guardians Seattle Dragons CenturyLink Field ABC
March 22, 6:00 p.m. ET DC Defenders Houston Roughnecks TDECU Stadium FS1
Week 8
Date and time Away team Home team Stadium Broadcast
March 28, 2:00 p.m. ET Tampa Bay Vipers DC Defenders Audi Field ABC
March 28, 5:00 p.m. ET St. Louis BattleHawks New York Guardians MetLife Stadium Fox
March 29, 3:00 p.m. ET Houston Roughnecks Los Angeles Wildcats Dignity Health Sports Park ABC
March 29, 6:00 p.m. ET Seattle Dragons Dallas Renegades Globe Life Park in Arlington FS1
Week 9
Date and time Away team Home team Stadium Broadcast
April 2, 8:00 p.m. ET Dallas Renegades Houston Roughnecks TDECU Stadium Fox
April 4, 2:00 p.m. ET DC Defenders New York Guardians MetLife Stadium ABC
April 5, 12:00 p.m. ET Tampa Bay Vipers St. Louis BattleHawks The Dome at America's Center ESPN
April 5, 6:00 p.m. ET Seattle Dragons Los Angeles Wildcats Dignity Health Sports Park FS1
Week 10
Date and time Away team Home team Stadium Broadcast
April 9, 8:00 p.m. ET Los Angeles Wildcats Dallas Renegades Globe Life Park in Arlington Fox
April 11, 2:00 p.m. ET Houston Roughnecks Seattle Dragons CenturyLink Field ABC
April 12 DC Defenders St. Louis BattleHawks The Dome at America's Center Fox or ESPN
April 12 New York Guardians Tampa Bay Vipers Raymond James Stadium Fox or ESPN

Playoffs[edit]

Division
Date and time Broadcast
April 18, 3:00 p.m. ET Fox
April 19, 3:00 p.m. ET ESPN
Championship
Date and time Stadium Broadcast
April 26, 3:00 p.m. ET TDECU Stadium ESPN

Reference[33]

Star of the Week[edit]

The Star of the Week is a weekly award given out by the XFL. The XFL selects eight nominees (one from each team) based on who they feel had the best performance, or the performance that had the most impact, of that week in XFL play and the public votes on their choice. The two winners from Saturday and Sunday's polls go against each other, and once again the public votes for the winner.

Star of the Week
Week Player Position Team Ref.
Week 1 (Feb. 12) P. J. Walker (1) Quarterback Houston [34]
Week 2 (Feb. 19) Cam Phillips (1) Wide receiver Houston [35]
Week 3 (Feb. 26) Cam Phillips (2) Wide receiver Houston [36]
Week 4 (March 4) Jordan Ta'amu (1) Quarterback St. Louis [37]
Week 5 (March 11) Cam Phillips (3) Wide receiver Houston [38]

Midseason awards[edit]

The midseason awards are given out by the XFL at the end of Week 5. These awards are given out first by the league selecting four nominees, and the public votes on who should win. The XFL also selected a mid-season All-XFL Team for the best players at each position.

Midseason awards
Award Player/Coach Position Team Ref.
Coach of the Year June Jones N/A Houston [39]
Midseason All-XFL Team
Position Player Team
QB P. J. Walker Houston
HB Matt Jones St. Louis
WR Cam Phillips Houston
Dan Williams Tampa Bay
Nelson Spruce Los Angeles
TE Donald Parham Dallas
OL Terry Poole Houston
Martez Ivey Tampa Bay
Anthony Coyle New York
Sebastian Tretola Houston
Maurquice Shakir Dallas
DL Cavon Walker New York
Will Sutton Seattle
Devin Taylor Los Angeles
Anthony Johnson DC
LB DeMarquis Gates Houston
Steven Johnson Seattle
DB Tarvarus McFadden Tampa Bay
Josh Hawkins Dallas
Deatrick Nichols Houston
Will Hill St. Louis
Kenny Robinson St. Louis
K Taylor Russolino St. Louis
P Hunter Niswander DC
KR/PR Austin Walter Dallas

The Houston Roughnecks had the most number of players on the All-XFL midseason team with 6, with the St. Louis BattleHawks and Dallas Renegades tied for second at four players. The Tampa Bay Vipers had three, and the other four teams with two each.[40]

Statistical leaders[edit]

2020 XFL statistical leaders
Category Player Team Stat
Offense[41]
Passing yards P. J. Walker HOU 1,338
Rushing yards De'Veon Smith TB 365
Receiving yards Cam Phillips HOU 455
Touchdowns Cam Phillips HOU 9
Defense[42]
Tackles Steven Johnson SEA 48
Sacks Cavon Walker NY 4.5
Interceptions Deatrick Nichols HOU 3
Special teams[43]
Return yards John Santiago SEA 440
Field goals made Austin MacGinnis DAL 10
Punting average Marquette King STL 45.7

Signees to other professional leagues[edit]

After the XFL season was cut short on March 12, 2020, players were allowed to sign with National Football League (NFL) or Canadian Football League (CFL) teams beginning on March 22.[44]

NFL signings[edit]

The following players signed with NFL teams:

NFL signings
Player Position XFL team Date NFL team Ref.
Deatrick Nichols CB Houston Roughnecks March 24 New Orleans Saints [45]
P. J. Walker QB Houston Roughnecks March 25 Carolina Panthers [46]
Khari Lee TE DC Defenders March 25 Atlanta Falcons [47]
DeMarquis Gates LB Houston Roughnecks March 26 Minnesota Vikings [48]
Nick Moore LS Tampa Bay Vipers March 26 Baltimore Ravens [49]
Dewayne Hendrix DE St. Louis BattleHawks March 30 Pittsburgh Steelers [50]
Tyree Kinnel S DC Defenders March 30 Pittsburgh Steelers [50]
Christian Kuntz LS Dallas Renegades March 30 Pittsburgh Steelers [50]
Edmond Robinson LB Houston Roughnecks March 30 Atlanta Falcons [51]
Jordan Ta'amu QB St. Louis BattleHawks April 2 Kansas City Chiefs [52]
Saivion Smith CB Houston Roughnecks April 10 Dallas Cowboys [53]
Saeed Blacknall WR Los Angeles Wildcats April 13 Pittsburgh Steelers [54]
Cavon Walker DT New York Guardians April 13 Pittsburgh Steelers [55]
Dravon Askew-Henry CB New York Guardians April 14 New York Giants [56]
Austin MacGinnis K Dallas Renegades April 14 Los Angeles Rams [57]
Storm Norton OT Los Angeles Wildcats April 14 Los Angeles Chargers [58]
Donald Parham TE Dallas Renegades April 14 Los Angeles Chargers [59]
Anthony Coyle OT New York Guardians April 16 Pittsburgh Steelers [60]
John Keenoy C Dallas Renegades April 16 Pittsburgh Steelers [60]
Arrion Springs CB Los Angeles Wildcats April 16 Pittsburgh Steelers [60]
Josh Hawkins CB Dallas Renegades April 16 Atlanta Falcons [61]
Jacques Patrick RB Tampa Bay Vipers April 17 Cincinnati Bengals [62]
Avery Gennesy G Houston Roughnecks April 17 Tennessee Titans [63]
Jarron Jones OT New York Guardians April 20 Pittsburgh Steelers [64]
Kahlil McKenzie G Los Angeles Wildcats April 20 Seattle Seahawks [65]
Colin Thompson TE Tampa Bay Vipers April 27 Carolina Panthers [66]
Zac Kerin G New York Guardians April 29 Tennessee Titans [67]
DaVonte Lambert DE St. Louis BattleHawks April 30 Carolina Panthers [68]
De'Mornay Pierson-El WR St. Louis BattleHawks April 30 Las Vegas Raiders [69]
Juwann Bushell-Beatty G Houston Roughnecks May 1 Carolina Panthers [70]
Andrew Soroh FS New York Guardians June 9 Kansas City Chiefs [71]
Michael Dunn G Seattle Dragons August 9 Cleveland Browns [72]
Connor Davis TE St. Louis BattleHawks August 16 New York Jets [73]
Pace Murphy OT Dallas Renegades August 18 Dallas Cowboys [74]
Ricky Walker DT Tampa Bay Vipers August 22 Cleveland Browns [75]
Will Clarke DE St. Louis BattleHawks August 23 Detroit Lions [76]
Cam Phillips WR Houston Roughnecks August 26 Carolina Panthers [77]
Jon Toth C DC Defenders August 27 Cleveland Browns [78]
DeAndre Thompkins WR DC Defenders August 30 Pittsburgh Steelers [79]
Antonio Callaway WR Tampa Bay Vipers September 7 Miami Dolphins [80]
Jeff Badet WR Dallas Renegades September 17 Washington Football Team [81]
Matt McCrane K New York Guardians September 22 Cleveland Browns [82]
Austin Walter RB Dallas Renegades September 23 San Francisco 49ers [83]
Willie Beavers G Dallas Renegades September 24 Atlanta Falcons [84]
Tegray Scales LB Dallas Renegades October 13 Tampa Bay Buccaneers [85]
Sergio Castillo K Houston Roughnecks October 14 New York Jets [86]
Walter Palmore DT Houston Roughnecks October 21 Dallas Cowboys [87]
Hunter Niswander P DC Defenders October 26 Dallas Cowboys [88]
Elijah Campbell DB DC Defenders November 3 New York Jets [89]
Giorgio Tavecchio K Los Angeles Wildcats November 10 Tennessee Titans [90]
Josh Johnson QB Los Angeles Wildcats November 11 San Francisco 49ers [91]
Taylor Russolino K St. Louis BattleHawks December 7 Denver Broncos [92]
Gabe Wright DT Houston Roughnecks December 7 Jacksonville Jaguars [93]
Taylor Heinicke QB St. Louis BattleHawks December 8 Washington Football Team [94]
Isaiah Williams G Tampa Bay Vipers December 16 San Francisco 49ers [95]
Austin Rehkow P Houston Roughnecks December 23 Indianapolis Colts [96]
Jake Lampman WR Tampa Bay Vipers December 23 New Orleans Saints [97]
Tanner Gentry WR New York Guardians January 4 Buffalo Bills [98]
Austin Proehl WR Seattle Dragons January 4 San Francisco 49ers [99]
Tyree Jackson QB DC Defenders January 7 Philadelphia Eagles [100]
Godwin Igwebuike S Seattle Dragons January 14 Detroit Lions [101]
Brian Khoury LS DC Defenders March 17 Baltimore Ravens [102]
Martez Ivey OT Tampa Bay Vipers April 6 Carolina Panthers [103]
Scott Daly LS New York Guardians May 4 Detroit Lions [104]

St. Louis BattleHawks safety Kenny Robinson was drafted by the Carolina Panthers in the fifth round of the 2020 NFL Draft, as the only NFL Draft-eligible player who played in the XFL in 2020.[105]

CFL signings[edit]

The following players signed with CFL teams:

CFL signings
Player Position XFL team Date CFL team Ref.
Armanti Edwards WR Dallas Renegades April 10 Edmonton Eskimos [106]
Dontez Byrd WR Seattle Dragons April 13 Hamilton Tiger-Cats [107]
Joe Powell SS St. Louis BattleHawks April 13 Hamilton Tiger-Cats [107]
Jalen Saunders WR Houston Roughnecks April 20 Ottawa Redblacks [108]
Trenton Thompson DT Team 9 April 20 Saskatchewan Roughriders [109]
Sergio Castillo K Houston Roughnecks April 21 BC Lions [110]
Ranthony Texada CB New York Guardians May 4 Winnipeg Blue Bombers [111]
A. J. Hendy SS New York Guardians May 4 Saskatchewan Roughriders [112]
Brandon Wilds RB Tampa Bay Vipers May 7 Calgary Stampeders [113]
Channing Stribling CB Seattle Dragons May 12 Hamilton Tiger-Cats [114]
Na'Ty Rodgers OT Tampa Bay Vipers May 13 Ottawa Redblacks [115]
Terrence Alexander CB New York Guardians May 22 Winnipeg Blue Bombers [116]
Doran Grant CB DC Defenders May 28 Winnipeg Blue Bombers [117]
Mekale McKay WR New York Guardians June 11 Winnipeg Blue Bombers [118]
Alonzo Russell WR St. Louis BattleHawks July 3 Winnipeg Blue Bombers [119]
Johnathan Alston CB Seattle Dragons December 8 Ottawa Redblacks [120]
Obum Gwacham DE Tampa Bay Vipers December 9 BC Lions [121]
James Butler RB Houston Roughnecks December 10 BC Lions [122]
Jawuan Johnson LB New York Guardians December 14 Ottawa Redblacks [123]
De'Veon Smith RB Tampa Bay Vipers December 15 BC Lions [124]
Markus Jones LB Team 9 December 17 Saskatchewan Roughriders [125]
Tyler Roemer OT Los Angeles Wildcats December 17 BC Lions [120]
Teo Redding WR New York Guardians December 18 Montreal Alouettes [126]
Jeremy Clark CB Seattle Dragons December 21 Saskatchewan Roughriders [127]
Sammie Coates WR Houston Roughnecks December 21 Saskatchewan Roughriders [127]
James Folston Jr. LB Dallas Renegades December 28 Edmonton Football Team [128]
Dejon Allen G St. Louis BattleHawks December 28 Toronto Argonauts [129]
Kent Perkins G St. Louis BattleHawks December 29 BC Lions [130]
Jazz Ferguson WR Dallas Renegades December 30 BC Lions [131]
Robert Priester SS Tampa Bay Vipers December 30 Edmonton Football Team [132]
Tre Watson LB Dallas Renegades January 4 Montreal Alouettes [133]
Derek Dennis OT New York Guardians January 7 Edmonton Football Team [134]
Demetrious Cox S New York Guardians January 15 Winnipeg Blue Bombers [135]
Davon Grayson WR St. Louis BattleHawks January 15 Winnipeg Blue Bombers [135]
D'Juan Hines LB New York Guardians January 18 Ottawa Redblacks [136]
Jameer Thurman LB DC Defenders January 19 Calgary Stampeders [137]
Philip Nelson QB Dallas Renegades January 22 Montreal Alouettes [138]
Eli Rogers WR DC Defenders January 22 Montreal Alouettes [138]
Nelson Spruce WR Los Angeles Wildcats January 22 Montreal Alouettes [138]
Trae Elston S Houston Roughnecks January 25 Calgary Stampeders [139]
Jarrell Owens DE New York Guardians January 25 Calgary Stampeders [139]
Tavaris Barnes DE DC Defenders January 27 Calgary Stampeders [140]
Jeremiah Johnson CB Houston Roughnecks January 30 Winnipeg Blue Bombers [141]
Marwin Evans S Dallas Renegades January 30 Winnipeg Blue Bombers [141]
Marcelis Branch S Tampa Bay Vipers February 1 Calgary Stampeders [142]
Kahlil Lewis WR Houston Roughnecks February 2 Hamilton Tiger-Cats [143]
Khyri Thornton DT St. Louis BattleHawks February 2 Toronto Argonauts [144]
Treston Decoud DB Dallas Renegades February 3 Toronto Argonauts [145]
Jermaine Ponder CB Seattle Dragons February 3 Montreal Alouettes [146]
Ryan Davis WR Tampa Bay Vipers February 5 Ottawa Redblacks [147]
Taylor Cornelius QB Tampa Bay Vipers February 9 Edmonton Football Team [148]
Daniel Williams WR Tampa Bay Vipers February 11 Calgary Stampeders [149]
Reshard Cliett LB Dallas Renegades February 15 Toronto Argonauts [150]
Matthew Colburn RB New York Guardians February 15 Toronto Argonauts [150]
Tarvarus McFadden CB Tampa Bay Vipers February 15 Toronto Argonauts [150]
Shawn Oakman DE Los Angeles Wildcats February 15 Toronto Argonauts [150]
Anthoula Kelly CB Tampa Bay Vipers February 17 Hamilton Tiger-Cats [151]
Desmond Lawrence CB DC Defenders February 17 Hamilton Tiger-Cats [151]
Marko Myers CB Seattle Dragons February 17 Hamilton Tiger-Cats [151]
Herb Waters CB Tampa Bay Vipers February 17 Hamilton Tiger-Cats [151]
Kermit Whitfield WR Dallas Renegades February 18 Saskatchewan Roughriders [152]
Kony Ealy DE Houston Roughnecks February 22 Toronto Argonauts [153]
Cameron Artis-Payne RB Dallas Renegades February 23 Montreal Alouettes [154]
Blake Jackson WR Houston Roughnecks February 25 Winnipeg Blue Bombers [155]
Jalen Tolliver WR Tampa Bay Vipers March 4 Edmonton Football Team [156]
Stansly Maponga DE Seattle Dragons March 9 Ottawa Redblacks [157]
Ajene Harris CB Houston Roughnecks March 11 BC Lions [158]
Andrew Ankrah DE St. Louis BattleHawks March 11 Edmonton Football Team [159]
Reggie Howard NT Los Angeles Wildcats March 11 Edmonton Football Team [159]
Nick Holley WR Houston Roughnecks March 12 Calgary Stampeders [160]
Trey Williams RB Seattle Dragons March 19 Calgary Stampeders [161]
Wesley Sutton S New York Guardinas March 22 Montreal Alouettes [162]
De'Ondre Wesley OT DC Defenders April 1 Edmonton Football Team [163]
Casey Sayles DT St. Louis BattleHawks April 5 Winnipeg Blue Bombers [164]
Prince Charles Iworah CB Team 9 April 7 Montreal Alouettes [165]
Shamarko Thomas S DC Defenders April 19 Ottawa Redblacks [166]
Carlton Agudosi WR St. Louis BattleHawks April 30 Winnipeg Blue Bombers [167]

Attendance[edit]

Announced attendance figures for each home game. In the weekly columns, dashes (—) indicate away games, while bold font indicates the highest attendance of each team.

Team / Week 1[21] 2[25][24] 3[168][169] 4 5 Total Average
Dallas Renegades 17,206 18,332 15,950 51,488 17,163
DC Defenders 17,163 15,031 16,342 48,536 16,179
Houston Roughnecks 17,815 17,103 19,773 54,691 18,230
Los Angeles Wildcats 14,979 12,211 12,181 39,371 13,124
New York Guardians 17,634 12,116 29,750 14,875
Seattle Dragons 29,172 22,060 51,232 25,616
St. Louis BattleHawks 29,554 27,527 57,081 28,541
Tampa Bay Vipers 18,117 12,249 30,366 15,183
Total 69,818 76,285 81,942 70,224 64,246 334,272  
Average 17,455 19,071 20,486 17,556 15,968   18,571

Broadcasting[edit]

This was the first year of a three-year agreement with ESPN and Fox Sports to carry all 43 regular season and playoff games.[170][171]

During the regular season, ABC was scheduled to air ten Saturday games, five of them ended up being televised, and four Sunday games, airing only one of the four Sunday games. ESPN was to air five Sunday games, airing only two of them, and ESPN2 was to air two Sunday games, airing only one of the two. Fox was to air seven Saturday games, five of the seven being televised, one Sunday game, which was televised, and two Thursday games, neither being played. Fox's main cable sports network, FS1, was to air nine Sunday games, with only four being played, and FS2 was to air one Saturday game, which was not played. ESPN and Fox were both scheduled to air one semifinal each, and ESPN was to air the championship game. All three never made the air.

Vegas Stats & Information Network produced supplemental "BetCasts" for iHeartRadio for two games each week, which featured commentary from a sports betting perspective.[172]

Viewership[edit]

In millions of viewers

Broadcaster 1[17] 2[22] 3[173] 4[27] 5[32] Total Average
ABC 3.3 2.1 1.9 1.6 1.5 12.8 2.1
2.4
ESPN 2.5 1.5 0.8 4.8 1.6
ESPN2 1.0 1.0 1.0
Fox 3.3 2.3 2.1 1.8 1.5 14.3 2.4
3.4
FS1 1.4 1.0 1.1 0.8 4.2 1.1
Total 12.5 8.2 6.4 5.5 4.6 37.3  
Average 3.1 2.1 1.6 1.4 1.2   1.9

One decimal place is shown in table but three decimal places are used in all calculations.

Audio and radio coverage[edit]

Station Owner Platform Team affiliation Notes Ref.
National
ESPN Xtra ESPN Sirius XM None Simulcast of television audio feeds [174]
Fox Sports Radio Fox Sports Sirius XM
BetCast by VSiN Musburger family iHeartRadio app, web Gambling-centered audio broadcast
Local
106.7 WJFK Entercom Radio, web, Radio.com app DC Defenders Select games over the air, others online-only due to schedule conflicts [175]
97.5 KFNC Gow Media Radio, web Houston Roughnecks [176]
PTSMediaSports.com PTS Media Web Houston Roughnecks Spanish-language broadcast [177]
710AM KIRO Bonneville Radio Seattle Dragons Studio programming only, no live games [178]

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