This is a relatively surprising move, considering both leagues have very different models when it comes to spring football at the moment.
The XFL – owned by Dwayne Johnson, Dany Garcia, and Redbird Capital – are partnered with Disney. Their season begins in February, ending in early May. In 2023, games were featured on ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, and FX channels respectively.
On the other side, the USFL is owned by FOX. They started in 2022, and have taken a much different approach when it comes to their structure. The league utilizes a hub model, with their eight teams sharing four cities in 2023. NBC is also involved with the USFL, having broadcasted games through the past two seasons.
The USFL begins their schedule in April, playing through the beginning of July.
“The merger would be structured as a merger of equals and would require regulatory approval, one of the sources said. The leagues hope to combine before the 2024 seasons.”
There are so many things to take into account regarding a potential merger. Plenty of details are unknown at the moment.
What we do know is that it will be difficult to merge before the XFL begins their 2024 season, just due to the general timeline. Rumor has it that the leagues are looking to get this done before 2024, though.
There is no indication on who initiated these talks – but, it is worth noting that the XFL lost $60 million in 2023. Redbird Capital was rumored to have been looking to recoup on those losses, which is an interesting piece of info to take into consideration.
We have confirmed with a source that Redbird originally initiated conversations with FOX Sports and the USFL. It appears as if those conversations led to the current talks we are seeing now regarding a merger.