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Inside XFL President Russ Brandon’s Letter: XFL and USFL on Cusp of Game-Changing Merger

In an internal letter circulated to XFL employees, President Russ Brandon addressed the merger talks between the XFL and USFL. The letter, unearthed by James Larsen marked by cautious optimism, outlines the common goals and visions that the combined ownership groups share for the future of spring football. We break down the key elements of the letter and what it signals for both leagues.

A Merger Born from “Mutual Respect”

Russ Brandon’s letter opened with the declaration that the XFL and USFL intend to merge after months of “productive discussions” and “mutual respect for the success both leagues have achieved.” The combined ownership appears aligned in its goal to create a sustainable, scalable platform for spring football.

Key Points from the Letter:

  • Stability and Growth: The ownership group is committed to the long-term growth and success of spring football.
  • Added Firepower: With Fox’s involvement, the ownership gains significant global prowess in sports, entertainment, and media.
  • Contracts Unchanged: Employee contracts will remain the same for the time being, indicating no immediate operational changes.

Operations as Usual

Until the deal is finalized, the XFL will continue to operate its business and football activities as usual. This is a significant point that might reassure employees and stakeholders who are naturally concerned about changes or disruptions.

The Greater Football Ecosystem

Brandon ends his letter by emphasizing that the merger isn’t just a new chapter for the XFL but also for “spring football and its role in the greater football ecosystem.” This vision implies that the merger is perceived as a cornerstone for evolving the entire landscape of Spring football, not just the leagues involved.

The letter from Russ Brandon provides a valuable internal perspective on the merger talks between the XFL and USFL. While it exudes optimism, it also instills a sense of continuity and stability, essential during times of change. With the ink still wet on the discussions, the sports community will be eagerly awaiting more details to emerge.

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Mark Perry, a devoted sports journalist and founder of XFL News Hub, has been a key figure in XFL coverage since its 2018 revival. Launching XFL News Hub soon after the league's return announcement, Mark has established the platform as a primary source for comprehensive XFL updates. Renowned for his in-depth knowledge and commitment to sports journalism, Mark actively engages the XFL community, welcoming interactions at

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