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XFL owes D.C. over $300K for 'venue costs' for Defenders games at Audi Field

D.C. Stadium LLC is owned and operated by the District of Columbia in connection with D.C. United, who holds its gams at Audi Field.

WASHINGTON — D.C. Stadium LLC is owed thousands by the operators of XFL, according to a Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing that comes on the heels of the league announcing that is had folded.

The bankruptcy filing shows that Alpha Entertainment LLC is the debtor’s name who owes millions to a variety of entities, including $316,112.71 for "venue costs" to D.C. Stadium LLC. 

D.C. Stadium LLC is owned and operated by the District of Columbia in connection with D.C. United, who holds its gams at Audi Field.

Among other debts that Alpha Entertainment owes in its bankruptcy filing includes $655,148.46 to Ticketmaster and 1,083,333.33 to Bob Stoops, a popular football coach who was the head coach for the Dallas Renegades in the XFL.

“The money owed to us by the XFL is for gameday expenses, such as hourly security staff, game day/guest services, cleaning staff, and vendor pay, we fronted for the league. We wanted to make sure each partner was compensated for the work they had done, said a D.C. United official.

The XFL suspended operation in mid-March amid the coronavirus pandemic and sports leagues across the country halting play to help practice social distancing. A month later, bankruptcy was filed in Delaware. 

The league said Monday in an emailed statement that it wasn't insulated “from the harsh economic impacts and uncertainties caused by the COVID-19 crisis.”

“This is a heartbreaking time for many, including our passionate fans, players and staff, and we are thankful to them, our television partners, and the many Americans who rallied to the XFL for the love of football,” the league said.

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.

But spring football is a difficult challenge, as the Alliance of American Football found out in 2019, not lasting a full season.

The XFL also played one season in 2001.

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