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Reports: USFL, XFL discussing merger

Feb 18, 2023; Arlington, TX, USA; XFL owner Dwayne Johnson on the sidelines during the first half between the Vegas Vipers and the Arlington Renegades at Choctaw Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Raymond Carlin III-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Raymond Carlin III-USA TODAY Sports

Talks between the USFL and XFL geared toward combining to form a single spring football league are advancing, according to multiple reports.

Sportico and Axios independently reported on the progress of talks on Tuesday, with regulatory approval and combining of stakeholders among the remaining hurdles the sides would need to clear.

The USFL is owned by Fox Corporation and had a broadcast agreement that included NBC.

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, business partner Dany Garcia and RedBird Capital Partner purchased the XFL out of bankruptcy proceedings from Vince McMahon, the former CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment.

Forbes reported the first year of the XFL reboot in spring 2023 lost $60 million.

Disney is the featured media partner of XFL games.

McMahon started the XFL in 2001, but the league was shuttered before 2002. He pulled all of the levers to bring it back in 2020 but those plans were ultimately derailed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

–Field Level Media

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