Monday, March 13, 2023

XFL 2023: After 4 Weeks

My one-month ESPN Player subscription - which I signed up for to watch XFL American football games - will run out later this week.

At the time I paid the £9.99 for access, I was excited to see the XFL. I remained that way for most of those four weeks. However, something happened last night.

It dawned on me that it's quite a slog to keep up with the goings on in the XFL.

The first issue I have is the ESPN Player doesn't have an app for Apple TV. Therefore, I have to stream the games from my iPad or iPhone to my television.

The only game I was able to watch fully, due to the time difference, was yesterday evening. It was 3-0 for most of the first half then, when my iPad decided to lose connection with the Apple TV, I didn't feel compelled to fix the issue.

I couldn't be bothered to continue watching.

As a foreigner, with a four-to-five hour time difference between my shores and the east coast of the USA, it's difficult for me to keep up with the live games. The schedule is very erratic. One week there is a game on Thursday nights (so I have to watch on demand the following morning) and then the next week there isn't.

Oh, and there are also weeks when some games are played on Mondays but others when there aren't.

I'm not down with that. 

If the XFL fails, I am sure one of the things that will be credited to its downfall will be the scheduling. People are creatures of habit, they won't like the irregularity of the fixture list. Add in little old me from another country, and you should see my issue.

I truly expected to follow the league when it relaunched. But, as I sit here right now - contemplating signing for another month - I am unsure whether I will be back.

This week will, for sure, be a miss. I won't renew with the following week five slate:

Houston @ Seattle (Friday 2:30AM GMT)
D.C. @ St. Louis (Saturday 11PM GMT)
Orlando @ Vegas (Sunday 2AM GMT)
Arlington @ San Antonio (Monday 2AM GMT)

There's no way I'll be able to watch any of those fixtures live.

I am not checking myself out just yet. Or am I?

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