The XFL has become the latest professional sports league to cancel its regular seasons games due to the expanding Coronavirus pandemic.
XFL officials announced the move in a statement posted online Thursday night. The league, which is owned by Vince McMahon and was in its inaugural season, plans to resume play in 2021.
“Currently, the XFL will not be playing its regular-season games,” the PR states. “However, all players will be paid their base pay and benefits for the 2020 regular season. All XFL ticket holders will be issued refunds or credit toward future games. The XFL is committed to playing a full season in 2021 and future years.”
Fears of the coronavirus have caused several sports leagues to scrap games in recent days. The NBA, NHL and MLB have all suspended players indefinitely and several major events — such as WrestleMania and the Summer Olympics — are now in jeopardy.
The XFL was in its sixth week of play before being shelved on Thursday. It had been getting widespread praise from sports fans and the members of the media. According to ESPN, the league drew an average of 2 million viewers per game on ABC, ESPN and Fox.