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.
Update: A statement from @XFL2023 President & CEO Russ Brandon.— James Larsen (@JamesLarsenPFN) September 28, 2023
Something important to note: "Our ownership group" seems to allude that the #XFL ownership isn't going anywhere, but is a rather combined effort with the "addition of FOX" & their #USFL leaders. Time will tell. pic.twitter.com/gJtG1MhmuA
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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