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More Details On The Rock Purchase Of The XFL, How Many Bidders

We are learning more details about The Rock’s purchase of the XFL. Based on today’s court filings we learned a bit more about the sale price and how many companies put in bids.

First, technically the new owners of the XFL are Alpha Acquico, LLC.

From today’s court filing.

Alpha Acquico, LLC (“Alpha Acquico”), a joint venture between The Garcia Companies and Redbird Capital Partners Management LLC. The Qualified Bid of Alpha Acquico is for the purchase of substantially all of the Debtor’s assets for a purchase price of (a)$15,000,000, (b) the assumption of certain specified liabilities, and (c) the payment of cure amounts of up to $8,500,000 for agreements designated by Alpha Acquico to be assumed and assigned by the Debtor in accordance with the designation procedures provided in the asset purchase agreement and order approving the sale.

These cure amounts can be payments to The University Of Houston and XFL season ticket holders. Another interesting tidbit is actually how many people placed Qualified Bids on the XFL. The answer is only one, but that’s all it takes.

“PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that, no other Qualified Bids were received by the Bid Deadline, and the Debtor hereby provides notice of cancellation of the Auction. The Debtor will seek entry of an order approving the sale to Alpha Acquico at the sale hearing scheduled for August 7, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. (ET)”

The question now is will Alpha Acquico have to capital to fund a pro football league. In Dwayne Johnson’s case his net worth is valued at around $320 million for 2020. He is just one of several partners, so they should have the funds to see this through.

The XFL on FOX has even posted its first tweet since April.

The Rock and his production company have done work with the Fox network before, could this be a sign of things to come. He is not the only one with money behind this venture.

RedBird Capital is no stranger to sports acquisitions. They have done work with the NFL, is an investor with the YES Network, and recently purchased the French soccer team Toulouse.

The sale is still subject to bankruptcy court approval. That hearing will take place this Friday, August 7th. They are expected to close on the purchase by August 21st.

Mark is the founder and editor of XFL News Hub. The site was started in January of 2018, within days of the announced return of the XFL. Contact him directly by emailing mark.perry@xflnewshub.com

3 Comments

3 Comments

  1. GCotton0527

    August 3, 2020 at 12:41 pm

    I have zero doubt that The Rock and his ex-wife, along with the other investors, will make this thing a success. Everything he has touched so far in his investments, movies, TV shows, tequila, etc, has turned to gold.

  2. Dude

    August 3, 2020 at 3:14 pm

    Jumanji 3 and 4 should fund the league for a couple years. The players should be happy to see an ex-player running the league, plus an entertainer, business man, and most importantly a hard worker. This shouldn’t be as disconnected “corporate” as a Disney buy could have been. I hope Fox supports this. Keeping Oliver Luck around would help, but I don’t see that happening.

    I have my doubts this league survives as a developmental league for 4th and 5th string NFL level players, well maybe it sputters along, but like the WLAF it’ll only draw low TV ratings and average about 15,000 fans. It sounds like some NCAA players want to get paid, so maybe they bolt for the XFL, but their salary will be pretty low unless the new ownership sees an infusion of cash to bring in some college stars. The USFL got better ratings thanks to the college stars going there. I think that’s the only way the XFL survives is with some star power.

  3. Keith Ingram

    August 3, 2020 at 4:12 pm

    Please rehire Oliver Luck. Please!

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