XFL-USFL merger approved as Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson’s football league set for major shake-up

DWAYNE Johnson’s XFL has completed its merger with the United States Football League.

The two NFL rivals have agreed to merge ahead of the upcoming 2024 season.

The XFL has announced it will be merging with the USFL

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The XFL has announced it will be merging with the USFLCredit: Getty
Eight teams will compete in the new-look league which begins next March

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Eight teams will compete in the new-look league which begins next MarchCredit: Getty

WWE legend The Rock purchased the XFL with ex-partner Dany Garcia in 2020.

The league enjoyed an impressive 2022 campaign, with strong TV ratings.

Johnson has sinced vowed to “play the long game” after posting a $60 million loss.

Fox Sports owns the USFL, which was relaunched last year and is a separate entity to the league which ran under the same name in the 1980’s.

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Despite each league carrying eight teams, the merger will not see an expansion to 16 teams, per the Sports Business Journal.

Four teams from each league will instead take part in the 2024 season.

From the XFL, the teams going forward are the Arlington Renegades, DC Defenders, San Antonio Brahmas, and St Louis BattleHawks.

And from the USFL, the Birmingham Stallions, Houston Gamblers, Memphis Showboats and Michigan Panthers will be kept on.

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A statement from the two parties read: “We are pleased to have completed the antitrust review process in connection with the proposed merger of the XFL and USFL and intend to play a combined season this spring kicking off on Saturday, March 30.

“We are now finalizing terms of the definitive agreement and will share more about this new League in the coming weeks.”

As yet, it is not known which branding the league will adopt moving forward.

Broadcast rights deals remain in development.

Per the SBJ, XFL CEO Russ Brandon will be the top executive of the combined league.

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