ABC and ESPN will combine to televise 22 games during the 2020 XFL season, beginning with the league’s much-anticipated kickoff game on February 8th and concluding with the inaugural XFL Championship on April 26th.
The new era of XFL football starts Saturday, February 8 at 2 p.m. ET with the DC Defenders, led by former Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Cardale Jones, hosting the Seattle Dragons on ABC. A day later, the Dallas Renegades, featuring former Oklahoma Sooners duo of quarterback Landry Jones and coach Bob Stoops, play the St. Louis BattleHawks at 5 p.m. on ESPN.
Additional highlights during the 10-week regular season schedule include home openers for the Los Angeles Wildcats (Feb. 16 on ABC), Tampa Bay Vipers (Feb. 22 on ABC) and St. Louis BattleHawks (Feb. 23 on ESPN). ABC will also feature the only matchup between the country’s two biggest markets – LA Wildcats vs. New York Guardians – on Feb. 29 at MetLife Stadium.
ABC will televise 14 games with most telecasts starting at 2 p.m. ET on Saturdays. ESPN and ESPN2 will combine to carry eight games, all on Sundays, including the West Final (April 19) and XFL Championship (April 26). Both postseason games will kick off at 3 p.m. All ABC and ESPN games will be streamed live on the ESPN App.
The eight-team XFL is divided into two four-team divisions, East and West. The XFL East features the DC Defenders, New York Guardians, St. Louis BattleHawks and Tampa Bay Vipers. The Dallas Renegades, Houston Roughnecks, Los Angeles Wildcats and Seattle Dragons comprise the XFL West.