The XFL filed for bankruptcy on Monday with estimated assets and liabilities are both in the $10-50 million range.
In the filing 98 vendors had their contracts rejected, meaning the XFL wouldn't pay out what they owed to the vendors. One vendor listed is Melissa Lyttle Photography LLC, a freelance photography company headed by Melissa Lyttle.
Lyttle took to Twitter to reveal that she is owed $1,000 by the XFL and express her lack of confidence in receiving the money despite the overall worth of Vince McMahon.
If I’m reading this XFL bankruptcy filing correctly, it sounds like @VinceMcMahon, who’s worth about $2B, apparently needs the money more than I do. I’m listed as one of 98 vendors whose contracts are being rejected. Sadly, I’ll probably never see that $1000 I’m owed now. Sigh. pic.twitter.com/eUQEAR4Ib7— ǝlʇʇʎl ɐssılǝɯ (@melissalyttle) April 14, 2020
17 of the 98 (or almost 20%) listed are freelance photographers.— ǝlʇʇʎl ɐssılǝɯ (@melissalyttle) April 14, 2020
Fightful reached out to Melissa Lyttle, who told us she was hired by the XFL to photograph DC Defenders against St. Louis Battlehawks (March 8). She was also hired to shoot the following Defenders home game (March 15 vs. Dallas), but the season was suspended on March 12. Lyttle was not paid for her work on March 8 and there was no kill fee for the March 15 cancelation. She sent the invoice for $1100 on March 9 with a due date of April 8.
On April 10, the XFL officially suspended operations and laid off all employees. The XFL contract issued states that upon termination, the league should be invoiced and consultants would be paid. Lyttle has not heard anything from the XFL or accounts payable after following up regarding payment.
You can view the full bankruptcy filing by clicking here.