The XFL is back! Originally launched in 2001 as a WWE venture, the league was a short-lived, gimmick-filled alternative to the NFL that didn’t quite take off. The 2020 version, with WWE CEO Vince McMahon heavily involved, features eight teams taking what a league press release calls “a 79-day sprint from kickoff to the championship game.”
What is the XFL?
The XFL website calls the league “a brand-new, fan-first league that’s reimagining the game of football and offering fans an opportunity to experience more action, access, and fun.” Though obviously not on the level of the NFL in player talent or marketing prowess, you’ll recognize some of the names associated with the new-look XFL. Longtime Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops is heading up the Dallas Renegades, Seattle Seahawks legend Jim Zorn is serving in a dual role as the Seattle Dragons coach and GM, and NFL and college football coaching veteran June Jones is at the helm in Houston for the Roughnecks (whose logo looks like the Oilers logo and Texans logo had a baby).
You also might recognize names like Cardale Jones (an Ohio State standout), Aaron Murray (who played his college ball at Georgia), and Matt McGloin (a walk-on-turned-starter at Penn State) among the league’s starting QBs.
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XFL teams (and home stadiums)
- DC Defenders (Audi Field, Washington, D.C.)
- New York Guardians (MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey)
- St. Louis BattleHawks (The Dome at America’s Center, St. Louis, Missouri)
- Tampa Bay Vipers (Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida)
- Dallas Renegades (Globe Life Park, Arlington, Texas)
- Houston Roughnecks (TDECU Stadium, Houston, Texas)
- Los Angeles Wildcats (Dignity Health Sports Park, Carson, California)
- Seattle Dragons (CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Washington)
XFL 2020 TV schedule
- 2pm ET, Saturday, Feb. 8: DC 31, Seattle 19
- 5pm ET, Saturday, Feb. 8: Houston 37, Los Angeles 17
- 2pm ET, Sunday, Feb. 9: New York 23, Tampa Bay 3
- 5pm ET, Sunday, Feb. 9: St. Louis 15, Dallas 9
- 2pm ET, Saturday, Feb. 15: DC 27, New York 0
- 5pm ET, Saturday, Feb. 15: Seattle 17, Tampa Bay 9
- 3pm ET, Sunday, Feb. 16: Dallas 25, Los Angeles 18
- 6pm ET, Sunday, Feb. 16: Houston 28, St. Louis 24
- 2pm ET, Saturday, Feb. 22: Houston 34, Tampa Bay 27 (ABC)
- 5pm ET, Saturday, Feb. 22: Dallas 24, Seattle 12 (Fox)
- 3pm ET, Sunday, Feb. 23: St. Louis 29, New York 9 (ESPN)
- 6pm ET, Sunday, Feb. 23: Los Angeles 39, Dallas 9 (FS1)
- 2pm ET, Saturday, Feb. 29: Los Angeles (1-2) at New York (1-2) (ABC)
- 5pm ET, Saturday, Feb. 29: Seattle (1-2) at St. Louis (2-1) (Fox)
- 4pm ET, Sunday, March 1: Houston (3-0) at Dallas (2-1) (FS1)
- 7pm ET, Sunday, March 1: DC (2-1) at Tampa Bay (0-3) (ESPN2)
- 2pm ET, Saturday, March 7: Seattle at Houston (ABC)
- 5pm ET, Saturday, March 7: New York at Dallas (Fox)
- 3pm ET, Sunday, March 8: St. Louis at DC (FS1)
- 9pm ET, Sunday, March 8: Tampa Bay at Los Angeles (ESPN)
- 2pm ET, Saturday, March 14: Houston at New York (ABC)
- 5pm ET, Saturday, March 14: St. Louis at Tampa Bay (FS2)
- 4pm ET, Sunday, March 15: Dallas at DC (FS1)
- 7pm ET, Sunday, March 15: Los Angeles at Seattle (ESPN2)
- 2pm ET, Saturday, March 21: Dallas at Tampa Bay (ABC)
- 5pm ET, Saturday, March 21: Los Angeles at St. Louis (Fox)
- 3pm ET, Sunday, March 22: New York at Seattle (ABC)
- 6pm ET, Sunday, March 22: DC at Houston (FS1)
- 2pm ET, Saturday, March 28: Tampa Bay at DC (ABC)
- 5pm ET, Saturday, March 28: St. Louis at New York (Fox)
- 3pm ET, Sunday, March 29: Houston at Los Angeles (ABC)
- 6pm ET, Sunday, March 29: Seattle at Dallas (FS1)
- 8pm ET, Thursday, April 2: Dallas at Houston (Fox)
- 2pm ET, Saturday, April 4: DC at New York (ABC)
- 12pm ET, Sunday, April 5: Tampa Bay at St. Louis (ESPN)
- 6pm ET, Sunday, Arpril 5: Seattle at Dallas (FS1)
- 8pm ET, Thursday, April 9: Los Angeles at Dallas (Fox)
- 2pm ET, Saturday, April 11: Houston at Seattle (ABC)
- TBA, Sunday, April 12: DC at St. Louis (ABC/FS1)
- TBA, Sunday, April 12: New York at Tampa Bay (ABC/FS1)
- 3pm ET, Saturday, April 18: East No. 2 at East No. 1 (Fox)
- 3pm ET, Sunday, April 19: West No. 2 at West No. 1 (ESPN)
- 3pm ET, Sunday, April 26: East Champion at West Champion (ESPN)
How to live stream the XFL 2020 season
The new league has created quite the TV package for itself, partnering with ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, Fox, FS1 and FS2 for its 10-week season and playoff schedule. There are a number of streaming services that allow you to access most if not all of those channels.
- Cost: $44.99 for your first month and $54.99 per month thereafter
- FuboTV devices: Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Android TV, iOS and Android devices
- Local channels: ABC, Fox, NBC, CBS, the CW (in some markets) (check local availability here)
If you’re a sports fan, though, it will appear tailor-made for you, with NBA TV, NFL Network, and a whole group of channels showcasing both kinds of football. It’s got NBC for Sunday Night Football, NBCSN for Premier League matches, 10 beIN SPORTS channels for La Liga and Ligue 1, FS1 and FS2, UniMás, and Champions League action via TNT all on tap. If you can’t watch a match live, FuboTV offers a three-day replay for each match and 30 hours of cloud DVR. (Check out the complete FuboTV channels list.)
FuboTV also has bilingual families in mind; each subscription comes with UniMás, Galavisión, NBC Universo, beIN SPORTS, Univision, and Fox Deportes. An extra $7.99 per month will bring you Latino Plus, which includes CNN en Español and TyC Sports among its offerings.
- Cost: $54.99 per month
- Hulu devices: Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Nintendo Switch, and iOS and Android devices
- Hulu local channels: ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, the CW (check your local availability here)
Hulu with Live TV includes sports programming among its broad spectrum of offerings, and as a subscriber to the service, you’ll get free access to Hulu’s sizable on-demand library. (Check out the full list of Hulu Live TV channels.)
3) Sling TV
- Sling TV pricing: $30-$45 per month ($10 off first month)
- Sling TV devices: Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Apple TV, Android TV, Roku, Xbox One, Google Chromecast, Oculus Go, Microsoft Edge, and iOS and Android devices
- Sling TV local channels: NBC, Fox (check your local availability here)
Sling TV provides two base channel package options, each priced at $30 per month. Sling Orange includes three ESPN channels, while Sling Blue includes sports channels like NBCSN, NFL Network, and local channels. (Sling Blue customers in select markets get NBC; see if yours has it here. Sling Blue also brings Fox News Channel, MSNBC, and Headline News as part of its regular slate of channels, with Fox Business Channel available for those who get the Sling Blue News Extra add-on.
If you’re Team “Why Not Both,” Sling Orange + Blue combines the two for just $45 per month.
Other features include a Free Cloud DVR tier for all subscribers (allowing 10 hours of recording a month), the ability to record all live linear channels, and no VOD preemption on any channels. New subscribers get $10 off the first month.
To add beIN SPORTS and ESPN Deportes and maximize your soccer-watching potential, you’ll want to add either Sports Extra: Sling Orange ($5 per month) or Sports Extra: Sling Blue ($10 per month). (The latter also includes NFL RedZone.)
Spanish-speaking viewers have quite a few options. For bilingual families, you might consider the Español: Best of Spanish TV package for either Sling Orange or Sling Blue for 24/7 specialty channel LaLiga TV and beIN SPORTS Connect: Channels 4-9, which features matches from La Liga, Ligue 1 and Copa del Rey, among others. Both packages cost $5 per month after your free trial. Sling TV Latino is another Spanish-language package for $10 per month, including NBC Universo, History en Español, and—of import to soccer fans—four beIN SPORTS channels. (And choosing Best of Spanish + Sling Orange for $35 per month gives you access to ESPN Deportes.) For more information, check out our guide to Sling TV channels and our Sling TV review.
4) AT&T TV Now
- Cost: $65-$135 per month
- AT&T TV Now devices: Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, iOS and Android devices
- Local channels: NBC, CBS, Fox, ABC, the CW (enter your ZIP code here to check your availability)
AT&T TV Now provides instant access to more than 45 channels, including local channels, at its minimum, but includes numerous package choices that rival cable options in size. For sports fans, that means ESPN and ESPN2 for its array of soccer and other sports programming, NBC as well as NBCSN for Premier League action, Fox as well as FS1 and FS2 for XFL, MLS, Bundesliga, the U.S. men’s and women’s teams, and even Liga MX offerings. It even offers free HBO on its Plus and Max channel suites. The $5 Deportes add-on gives access to ESPN Deportes, TUDN, Fox Deportes, Gol TV, and TyC Sports for even more soccer. And if you need to record any action to watch later, it comes with CloudDVR for up to 20 hours of TV recording per month. One account works on two devices, but you can add more devices for only $5.
- Cost: $14.99-24.99 or $39.99-$49.99 per month
- Vidgo devices: Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, iOS and Android devices
Vidgo offers a package for under $40 a month that pulls together more than 60 English-language channels into its National English Package, including ABC, Fox, the ESPN family of channels (including ESPN Deportes), FS1, FS2, Fox Deportes and BeIN Sports, for sports fans. It offers an array of entertainment favorites, including A&E, HGTV, History, Lifetime, and a full range of Nickelodeon channels, including TeenNick and NickToons.
College sports fans will love it, too: The ACCN, Big Ten Network, the Longhorn Network, and Pac-12 Network are all on the Core package, and for $10 more, the Plus package offers all six market-specific Pac-12 Networks.
If you just want your Vidgo en Español, it features programming from throughout the Americas and even Spain in two skinny packages. Both the Latino Streaming Plan ($14.99 per month) and Latino Mas Streaming Plan ($24.99 per month) include BeIN’s main Spanish-language channel, TyC Sports, and Azteca America, while the higher tier adds DAZN.
Also, through its Vidgo app, it’s offering the option of Social TV, which allows Vidgo users to connect in real-time as they’re watching programming on their phones.
6) YouTube TV
- Cost: $50 per month
- YouTube TV devices: Google Chromecast, Roku, Apple TV, Android TV, Xbox One, iOS and Android devices
- YouTube TV local channels: NBC, CBS, Fox, ABC, the CW (enter your ZIP code here to check your availability)
YouTube TV is a great option for sports fans, with four ESPN channels, ABC for XFL, TNT for Champions League matches, NBC and NBCSN for Premier League matches, and broadcasting partnerships with three MLS teams. (Take a look at the full list of YouTube TV channels here.)
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