Report: XFL suspending operations and laying off employees amid coronavirus shutdown

The XFL’s second chance didn’t last as long as expected. The league reportedly told employees it was suspending operations Friday, according to Field Yates of ESPN.

It’s unclear whether this means the XFL is going away for good (again), or if the league is temporarily shutting down operations while the coronavirus prevents the league from operating as normal.

The news comes just weeks after the XFL canceled its season due to the pandemic. The move may have been prompted by the news that a player on the Seattle Dragons tested positive for the virus. With the season canceled, XFL players are allowed to sign contracts in the NFL. A few have already joined new teams.

Friday’s news also impacts people working for both the league and its teams. The layoffs — and the fact that the term “shut down” was reportedly used during the call — doesn’t bode well for the XFL’s future, but it’s possible Vince McMahon could give the league another go once the coronavirus is no longer a major concern.

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