XFL strikes multiyear deal to broadcast games on ESPN, Disney Networks

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The XFL is returning in 2023 and is now set to broadcast its regular season exclusively through ESPN and across the family of Walt Disney Company networks.

“Beginning in February 2023 and continuing through the spring, 40 regular-season XFL games, two playoff semifinals and a title game will appear on ESPN, ABC and FX,” ESPN relayed on Tuesday.

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Dwayne The Rock Johnson in Inglewood, Calif., for Super Bowl LVI.

Dwayne The Rock Johnson in Inglewood, Calif., for Super Bowl LVI.
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ESPN+ was noted as one of the channels anticipated to air USFL games exclusively. Hulu, which falls under the Disney Media umbrella, has seen an uptick in sports coverage.

The deal is expected to run from 2023-27, kicking off on February 18, 2023.

Fans create a 'beer snake' during the XFL game between the St. Louis BattleHawks and the DC Defenders at Audi Field on March 8, 2020 in Washington, DC.

Fans create a ‘beer snake’ during the XFL game between the St. Louis BattleHawks and the DC Defenders at Audi Field on March 8, 2020 in Washington, DC.
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The XFL, which has seen two revivals thus far (2001, 2020), is being brought back to primetime under the co-leadership of owners Dany Garcia and Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson.

Disney will also hold the broadcasting rights to two playoff semifinals and a title game as part of its yearly slate.

Dwayne Johnson is seen at Disney Upfronts on May 17, 2022 in New York City.

Dwayne Johnson is seen at Disney Upfronts on May 17, 2022 in New York City.
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Rival spring league to the XFL — the United States Football League (USFL) —made its return, via FOX, this April and is currently halfway through its inaugural season.

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