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XFL Becomes Latest Casualty of the Coronavirus Shutdown

The spring football league had shown promise.

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The XFL has essentially suspended its operations and laid off its employees, signaling that the spring football league has become the latest casualty of the national Chinese coronavirus epidemic. There are currently no plans to place the league back into operation next year.

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The league was formed in 2018 by professional wrestling executive Vince McMahon, seeking to become the first major professional football league to compete with the NFL in almost a century. The league had appeared to show promise during its inaugural season, selling out arenas in which its teams competed and attracting a decent online following.

The league’s season was structured for a spring setting to avoid directly competing with the NFL, and the first season featured 10 games for eight teams. The season had to be suspended in early March when the national coronavirus epidemic required Americans to engage in social distancing, a practice that clearly prevents the congregation of fans in football stadiums.

But it appears the attempt to create a lasting alternative professional football league is destined to become the latest casualty of the coronavirus epidemic. There are no current plans to return to play in 2021, suggesting that the cessation of operations appears permanent.

The XFL had possibly shown more of a resilient league structure than other ill-fated attempts to compete with the NFL, such as arena football and the 2001 incarnation of the XFL. Football fans who wanted a spring football league will now be left in the dark.

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NBA, MLB Ratings Tank as Americans Tune Out of Social Justice Onslaught

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Major leagues such as the National Basketball Association and Major League Baseball have struggled to attract their traditional audiences since beginning their seasons, with many speculating that an onslaught of social justice leftism presented to viewers has turned off sports fans from following.

Most NBA players have continued the ritual of kneeling for the National Anthem, raising questions as to why it’s even played before games when most in the arenas clearly don’t identify with it.

Even Major League Baseball, which leftists have been keen to castigate for insufficient allegiance to racial justice orthodoxy, bowed before the expectations of elite cultural liberals for American public life. The entire rosters of the Washington Nationals and New York Yankees kneeled before the anthem on opening day, a surprise to some, considering the playing of anthems before the game began as a tradition of baseball.

Many had assumed the viewing audiences of the major sports would swell in size, considering many Americans have little to no options for entertainment outside of a television or computer screen as the coronavirus pandemic continues. However, fans appear to be tuning out.

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The Athletic sportswriter Ethan Strauss confirmed that both MLB and NBA ratings have been wholly disappointing since the sports leagues resumed play.

The ratings dip didn’t seem to apply to sporting events less associated with racial justice, with Strauss observing that a golf event featuring conservative quarterback Tom Brady was highly watched.

It seems the multimillionaire professional athletes of these ball games failed to realize that the everyday American would simply tune out of a contrived lecture in which some of the most privileged people on the face of the Earth lecture them on their supposed “privilege.”

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