(KMOX) - There could be a third life for the XFL as entertainment mogul Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and others have purchased the bankrupt football league, according to multiple sources.
"With live sports a reliable vehicle to deliver ratings, there’s a good chance a number of traditional TV networks—and perhaps streaming companies—would seek to add the XFL to their portfolios. Besides the league, networks would likely seek a tie-up with Johnson, who is the executive producer of “The Titan Games,’’ a sports competition reality series on NBC," writes the Sportico Editor and Chief.
The XFL had eight franchises this season and played five games out of a planned 10-game schedule. It drew decent TV ratings early on and had deals with ESPN and Fox.
The league filed for bankruptcy in April.
The XFL's inaugural season was cut short due to the coronavirus, just before St. Louis was set to host Los Angeles and getting close to selling out the entire Dome at America's Center.
All players will be paid their promised salary and benefits for the rest of this season and the league previously said it planned on playing a full season in 2021 and beyond.
The XFL also played one season in 2001.