At the time of publication neither league has opted to comment on the situation. We’ve at least been able to confirm that talks are indeed happening, and that an announcement could come as early as this week. We’ve also learned that Redbird is the group that initially opened the discussions. Some have speculated that this decision came after the league lost over $60M in their inagural season.
With the news out in the open, this has opened the door for the rumor mill to run wild. Although nothing is official until it’s official, it sounds like there could be a new name for this new combined league. Additionally, it’s been reported that the league may both shed teams during the transition.
The news is still fresh in the air, but we now have an official statement from the United Football Players Assocation. The UFPA was integral in bringing a union to the world of spring football, which the USFL currently has in place as of Season 2.
Regardless os what happens with a potential merger, we are looking forward to the future growth of professional football and out ongoing relationship with the USFL, as we ensure that players havea strong voice on the job.”
During the XFL’s inagural season the players voted against forming a union, which at the time surprised a lot of fans. When given the choice, USFL players unanimously voted for implementing a union.
Now that the XFL and USFL may potentially come together, it’ll be interesting to see how everything shakes out. At minimum, it looks as if the union folks are open to the merger and looking forward to working together.
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