Slowly but surely, the XFL is coming back to life.
The league is gearing up to hold is inaugural draft and teams are selling tickets (for as much as $100 a pop.)
The #XFLDraft is coming soon!
We're announcing a new group of players in the draft pool each day this week.
Here's 2/5. pic.twitter.com/WpPDr9j13e
— XFL (@xfl2020) October 8, 2019
Ticket prices: ⬇️
Excitement level: ⬆️⬆️⬆️
— DC Defenders (@XFLDefenders) October 8, 2019
The XFL 2.0 will have its games air on ESPN and FOX, and on Tuesday we learned the broadcast crews that will call the games.
According to the New York Post, ESPN’s No. 1 XFL crew will be Steve Levy (play-by-play) and Dan Orlovsky and Pat McAfee (analysts). FOX’s top crew will be Curt Menefee (play-by-play) and Joel Klatt (analyst).
Levy, primarily known for years as a SportsCenter host and one of the network’s top hockey guys, has called college football games for the network since 2016. Working with Brian Griese, Todd McShay and Molly McGrath, Levy calls the No. 3 or No. 4 game on ABC/ESPN each weekend, typically at 3:30 p.m. ET on ABC. He has called a New Year’s Six bowl game each of the past three seasons.
He was also under consideration for the “Monday Night Football” job that went to Joe Tessitore.
Orlovsky is a former UConn and NFL quarterback who has gotten plenty of run on ESPN analyzing college football and the NFL. He provides color commentary for ABC/ESPN games alongside Bob Wischusen and Allison Williams, in the same tier with the Steve Levy crew as well as the Dave Pasch/Greg McElroy/Tom Luginbill crew — broadcast teams that will likely call a New Year’s Six game but not a College Football Playoff semifinal, which are reserved for ESPN’s top two teams.
McAfee, a longtime NFL punter, rose to prominence on Barstool Sports and joined the network this year. He serves as a color analyst on ESPN’s Thursday night college football games.
Menefee is the host of FOX’s NFL studio show, while Klatt is the network’s No. 1 college football analyst.
Tuesday’s news is another sign that the XFL will begin its second life on a higher tier than the now-defunct AAF, which aired the bulk of its games on CBS Sports Network or streamed them online.