Fans had an overwhelmingly positive reaction to last week’s 2020 XFL kickoff. In addition to offering live audio of play calls and coach-to-player communication, in-game interviews were another popular aspect of the coverage on ABC and ESPN. On-field reporter Dianna Russini and field-level analysts Tom Luginbill and Pat McAfee spoke with a variety of coaches and players during both games – even a DC Defenders kicker after a missed field goal.
In the video above, Russini recaps her Week 1 XFL experience, discussing the unprecedented access she enjoyed and just how exhausting it was for her to race up and down the sidelines throughout the game.
The XFL continues this weekend with a pair of Week 2 games on ABC. On Saturday at 2 p.m. ET, the New York Guardians face the DC Defenders in a battle of unbeaten teams, while the Dallas Renegades play the Los Angeles Wildcats on Sunday at 3 p.m. In the Sunday game, Cole Cubelic will fill in for McAfee as the field analyst while college football reporter Molly McGrath will also work her first XFL game.
Shelby L. Lacy and Bill Hofheimer produced the video.
Illustration by Bill Hofheimer