The XFL has finally joined the list in what will be remembered as the day that Covid-19 took out professional sports.
Konnor Fulk was the first to report the situation on the afternoon of March 12.
Breaking: I just had a solid source reach out to me and #XFL has suspended their season. More info to come.— Konnor Fulk (@KonnorFulk_XFL) March 12, 2020
As more and more sources continue only to verify, it seems like the XFL is indeed shutting it down for the time being.
Hearing that XFL has informed players it is suspending play.— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) March 12, 2020
XFL statementhttps://t.co/MbuHgUmzmZ pic.twitter.com/PIZLOl1fld— XFL (@xfl2020) March 12, 2020
In what has been an unprecedented avalanche of reports, the XFL has been added to the list of pro sports that are taking an undetermined break from organized activity in the wake of the virus.
Currently, the list of suspended seasons or postponements includes:
COVID-19 Impact on sports just today:— Field Yates (@FieldYates) March 12, 2020
* NCAA tournament ❌
* NHL: postponed
* MLB: postponed 2 weeks
* MLS: postponed
* NFL owners meetings: ❌
* Boston Marathon: postponed
* All NCAA spring sports: ❌
* ATP: postponed 6 weeks
* 10+ NFL teams closing facilities/canceling travel
The NFL, true to its very questionable form, is trying to hold out as long as it can, but teams seem like they’re going to lead the way on this one.
A statement from the San Francisco @49ers pic.twitter.com/EJTOhrk8LX— Bob Lange (@49ersPR) March 12, 2020
Seattle and King County continue to lead the way in terms of public restrictions, as Covid-19 was first discovered in King and Snohomish counties. The upcoming home game for the Seattle Dragons had already been set to play in front of an empty stadium, but this week has forced the nation to hold every conceivable plan loosely.
It’s an unfortunate turn of events for the startup league, who will now have to try to regain momentum after the fear of public health has subsided, and probably during some other more established sporting season.
Perhaps it will also come with an eradication of current XFL win/loss records, as a fresh start could only benefit the Seattle Dragons.