XFL

A detailed view of the XFL logo during a game between the Seattle Dragons and Tampa Bay Vipers at CenturyLink Field on February 15, 2020 in Seattle, Washington.

(Meredith) -- The XFL is over.

According to ESPN, the start-up football league suspended operations Friday morning and laid off nearly all of its staff, with league officials saying they have no plans to return.

As of midday Friday, there has been no official confirmation from the league regarding its future.

Last month, officials canceled the remainder of the 2020 season.

At the time, the league seemed optimistic to return to the field next year in anticipation of the COVID-19 pandemic being over.

"We’re grateful for the incredible response and look forward to playing full seasons for you -- and with you --  in 2021 and beyond," officials wrote in a statement on the league's website in March.

Founded by Vince McMahon in 2018, the upstart league shared the name of the WWE owner's previous foray into pro football, but none of the ties to pro wrestling that many say led to the earlier version's downfall.

The league had been airing games across ABC, ESPN and FOX Sports networks.

This is a breaking news story.

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