XFL & USFL Announce Historic Merger In Hopes Of Taking Spring Football To The Next Level

The XFL and USFL will officially merge together in hopes of delivering a supreme spring football product.

With plans to kick off their inaugural season next year, the merge is contingent upon customary regulatory approvals but is expected to reshape the landscape of professional spring football.

In a joint statement issued by both leagues, they expressed their commitment to establishing the absolute best product possible.

“If the transaction is consummated, the new league will establish best-in-class operations based on the most recent seasons of both leagues … This historic combination will anchor professional spring football with substantial capabilities and resources to ensure future growth and continue to enhance the development of the collective players, coaches, and staff that are coming together.”

The XFL, owned by none other than movie star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, has undergone quite a journey.

The Rock and his ownership group acquired the XFL for $15 million from the longtime WWE chairman, Vince McMahon, who initially founded the league in 2001 and oversaw its revival in 2020.

Unfortunately, the 2020 season was suspended midseason due to the pandemic. Despite facing bankruptcy under McMahon’s ownership, the XFL has successfully completed a full season in 2023 under the guidance of the Rock and his group.

On the other side of the merger, the USFL has a storied history of its own. Originally operational from 1983 to 1985, the league faced a temporary hiatus before its relaunch in 2022 under the ownership of Fox Corp.

With this merger, the hope is that spring football will grow in popularity.

What do you think about the merger?

You have to assume the product will be much better … But will it grow in popularity and interest?