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UFL Emerges? Inside Scoop on the XFL-USFL Merger Including Cities

3 Key Points

  • New League Branding: Insider sources suggest the merged league will be known as the UFL, starting with eight teams in 2024.
  • Selected Cities Revealed: Arlington, Houston, San Antonio, St. Louis, DC, Birmingham, Michigan, and Memphis are likely to host the new UFL teams.
  • Leadership Changes: Post-merger, XFL CEO Russ Brandon is tipped to lead the combined league, amidst significant executive departures.

In the evolving landscape of American spring football, the much-anticipated merger between the XFL and USFL is taking shape, with new and exclusive details emerging about the future of the combined league. Inside sources, including Mike Mitchell and Ben Fischer, have provided insights into what fans can expect in the coming seasons.

According to Mike Mitchell, there’s a growing consensus among insiders from both the USFL and XFL that the new league will be rebranded as the UFL (United Football League). The inaugural season in 2024 is set to feature eight teams, with the remaining markets currently involved in the XFL and USFL being put on ‘pause mode.’ This strategic move hints at a focused approach to ensure the stability and success of the new league.

An inside source has revealed the potential returning markets for the newly merged league. Cities like Arlington, Houston, San Antonio, St. Louis, DC, Birmingham, Michigan, and Memphis are in the spotlight, potentially hosting the UFL teams. However, it’s important to note that these details are not yet finalized or officially confirmed, leaving room for further developments.

As for new league name, don’t be sold on the UFL just yet. When members of the XFL and USFL were on Capital Hill two weeks ago, they were there to secured a sponsorship with the US military and the XFL. A new league name was not discussed.

From Ben Fischer’s report, a significant update in the league’s leadership has come to light. XFL CEO Russ Brandon is expected to helm the top executive position of the combined league. This announcement comes in the wake of notable departures of XFL executives Marc Ross and Jay Rothman, who contracts were not renewed. Current President of the USFL Daryl “Moose” Johnston could move into the role of President of Football operations in the new league we are hearing.

As these developments unfold, the this new league is poised to bring a fresh perspective to spring football, amalgamating the strengths and resources of both the XFL and USFL. The choice of cities for the teams reflects a strategic approach, likely targeting markets with a strong appetite for football and more importantly, stadium deals.

The merger and the creation of the UFL represent a significant moment in the history of American football. As the league takes shape, fans and stakeholders alike will be closely watching how this union transforms the spring football scene, bringing together the best of both worlds in a new, unified format.

Stay tuned for more updates as this exciting chapter in football history unfolds.

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  1. Shimmy

    December 4, 2023 at 6:51 pm

    If it is 8 12 or 16 teams, as long as it exists fine with me, Personally, cutting down to 8 that is over 400 players plus coaches,staff, all support personal. However if it means that the league can continue, and grow from a solid foundation that is better than the alternative none at all. Being a developmental league, I “myself” hope they stay with a short 10 or even 8 game regular season schedule, with at least a 1 week bye build in to it. Shorten schedule Protects the players if they are to move on (CFL or NFL) schedules.A bye could allow week day scheduling and no short weeks between games, possibly creating longer than 7 days between games. However I would increase the playoff teams, example 8,6make the playoffs, (12 8),(16 12). This would keep fan interest higher, fan interest is greater whether, it is NCAA tournament anything, Stanley cup NFL NBA MLB MLS. This is a developmental league from officials,rules, equipment, to even how teams are owned ,run, and the fields they play on. “Please” grow the game, none NFL cities, there is plenty of communities, if just having that opportunity. thank you

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