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XFL to Air on ABC, ESPN, FOX Sports and FS1

STAMFORD, Conn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The XFL today announced multi-year agreements with ESPN and FOX Sports
to televise XFL games starting with its inaugural 2020 season. XFL games
will air weekly on broadcast TV (ABC and FOX) complemented by games on
cable (ESPN, ESPN2, FS1 and FS2). The XFL TV schedule allows for
consistent appointment viewing each week with back-to-back games
starting Saturday afternoons at 2 pm ET as well as two additional games
on Sunday afternoons.

“We look forward to showcasing the XFL on ESPN and ABC, including the
kickoff game and championship during the league’s inaugural season,”
said Burke Magnus, ESPN Executive Vice President, Programming and
Scheduling. “Vince McMahon and Oliver Luck are two of the sports
industry’s most creative and experienced leaders, and they have exciting
plans for this league. We believe in their vision for the XFL, which
will be a great addition to our year-round commitment to football.”

“We welcome the XFL to the FOX Sports Family and are pleased to expand
our relationship with Vince McMahon,” said Eric Shanks, FOX Sports CEO &
Executive Producer. “Football is in FOX Sports’ DNA and a key component
of our programming strategy. Alongside Oliver Luck and his incredible
team, we’re excited for the debut of the XFL on FOX Sports.”

“We are thrilled to partner with ESPN and FOX Sports, two innovative
media companies with extensive experience in world-class football
production that will undoubtedly help us reimagine football,” said Vince
McMahon, XFL Founder & Chairman. “The XFL broadcast schedule provides us
with incredible reach and makes it easy for fans to watch our games
consistently every weekend.”

The agreements were negotiated by CAA Sports and Evolution Media Capital
(EMC) on behalf of the XFL.

The XFL will kick off on Saturday, February 8, 2020 with teams in
Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, St. Louis, Seattle, Tampa Bay
and Washington D.C. Additional XFL-themed programming and on-air talent
will be announced in the future.

About ESPN
ESPN, the world’s
leading sports entertainment enterprise, features more than 50 assets –
eight U.S. television networks, direct-to-consumer ESPN+, ESPN Radio,
ESPN.com, ESPN International, ESPN The Magazine and more. ESPN is
80 percent owned by ABC, Inc. (an indirect subsidiary of The Walt Disney
Company) and 20 percent by Hearst.

About FOX Sports
FOX Sports is
the umbrella entity representing FOX Corporation’s wide array of
multi-platform US-based sports assets. Built with brands capable of
reaching more than 100 million viewers in a single weekend, the business
has ownership and interests in linear television networks, digital and
mobile programming, broadband platforms, multiple web sites,
joint-venture businesses and several licensing relationships. FOX Sports
includes the sports television arm of the FOX Network; FS1, FS2, FOX
Soccer Plus and FOX Deportes. FOX Sports’ digital properties include FOXSports.com and
the FOX Sports App, which provides live streaming video of FOX Sports
content, instant scores, stats and alerts to iOS and Android devices.
Additionally, FOX Sports and social broadcasting platform, Caffeine
jointly own Caffeine Studios which creates exclusive eSports, sports and
live entertainment content. Also included in FOX Sports’ portfolio are
FOX’s interests in joint-venture businesses Big Ten Network and BTN 2Go,
as well as a licensing agreement that established the FOX Sports Radio
Network.

About the XFL
The XFL will
reimagine football for the 21st century when it kicks off the weekend of
February 8-9, 2020, committed to delivering a brisk, fast-paced game,
with a fan-centric, innovative, and affordable gameday experience. The
inaugural season will launch with teams in Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles,
New York, St. Louis, Seattle, Tampa Bay, and Washington D.C. Each team
will compete with a 45-man active roster over a 10-week regular season
with a postseason consisting of two semifinal playoff games and a
championship game. Vince McMahon, XFL Founder and Chairman, is
personally funding the new league, and building the XFL with the same
commitment and resolve that he has demonstrated building WWE into a
global media and sports entertainment powerhouse. For more information,
visit XFL.com and
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Contacts

Media:
Lou D’Ermilio, XFL, Lou.Dermilio@xfl.com

Stephanie Rudnick, XFL, Stephanie.Rudnick@xfl.com

Bill Hofheimer, ESPN, 860-766-9589, Bill.hofheimer@espn.com

Andrew Fegyveresi, FOX Sports, Andrew.Fegyveresi@fox.com

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