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Notes: XFL ends 2020 regular season

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League cancels remaining games and releases players to pursue contracts with NFL teams

DC Defenders v Los Angeles Wildcats Photo by Ric Tapia/XFL via Getty Images

Along with other leagues suspending their seasons (like the NBA and NCAA), the XFL decided to stop playing their regular season games out of concern for public safety. Though the new professional football league only had a few weeks to show us a splendid on-the-field product with transparency, expanded opportunities for lots of folks, and even gracious handling of embarrassing officiating errors, it closes out its first season the same way:

In addition to honoring the full pay and benefits for the players and refunding/crediting fans, the XFL is maximizing their players’ chances at continuing their professional careers with NFL free agency approaching:

This is just really solid handling all around by the leadership in the XFL when they were put in an unfortunate situation. I don’t know about anyone else, but I will miss having the XFL in 2020 and absolutely look forward to its return in 2021. It was a short run this year, but such fun to watch.

And now, on to the rest of today’s Notes:

  • Locally in Detroit, the interruption of sporting events means more than just wins and losses:

  • ESPN’s Michael Rothstein reported that three Michigan players eligible for the draft will hold their own private workout and tape the session in Ohio in lieu of Michigan’s canceled Pro Day today. An interesting side note about all the canceled Pro Days and how that could affect the quantity of information available to teams on prospects for the draft:

Rothstein also had a separate piece in which he think about how the next few weeks could remake the defensive line of the Lions.

  • Dave Birkett with the Detroit Free Press looked at the team’s current situation in the defensive secondary and concludes that the Lions need help even if they still have Slaytumbo on the roster when Training Camp rolls around.

The full text of the new CBA being voted on by the players is available online here.

  • A fun reminder from the social media managers: