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.
The growing sense from sources within the USFL and XFL is that the new league will be branded as the UFL with only eight teams existing in 2024. With the remaining markets being put on ‘pause mode’.— Mike Mitchell (@ByMikeMitchell) November 30, 2023
One close source has indicated that the returning markets for the new merged… https://t.co/tuVn7q2HuZ
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.
NEWS: @XFL2023 CEO and Former @BuffaloBills/@BuffaloSabres President Russ Brandon to lead combined XFL-@USFL, which eyes March 30 launch.— Ben Fischer (@BenFischerSBJ) November 30, 2023
Other details of combined league – including name and markets – still TBD. https://t.co/SGwrJdzySE
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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