Back in September the USFL and XFL rocked the football world with the news that they indended to merge. Since then there has been a lot of rumors swirling around what the new league would look like and even what it would be named.
Fans have been impatiently waiting for the news to become official ever since their intentions were revealed. Many expected this to be a quick process, but it seems like the wait may be over.
Ben Fisher (Sports Business Journal) reports that the USFL/XFL merger has cleared federal antitrust review. Furthermore, he states that the new combined league is planning a 2024 season which is set to kickoff on March 30th.
NEWS: USFL-XFL merger has cleared federal antitrust review, the new entity is planning a 2024 season to kick off March 30.
Fisher was also able to obtain a statement from the combined league.
We are pleased to have completed the antitrust review process in connection with the proposed merger of the XFL and USFL and intend to play a combined season this spring kicking off on Saturday, March 30. We are now finalizing terms of the definitive agreement and will share more about this new League in the coming weeks.
Additionally, he reports that current XFL CEO Russ Brandon will be the top executive of the new league.
We know very little about the details of the combo, but we do know this per source:
XFL CEO Russ Brandon will be the top executive of the new entity.
He goes on to say that the new combined league is expected to be named the ‘United Football League’ (UFL). This falls in line with our earlier reports on the XFL filing trademarks for the new monikur during the merger talks.
Additionally, he says that the new league is expected to have 8 teams in 2024. These details are very much in motion, but we’ve heard we could see 5 XFL teams and 3 USFL teams in 2024. The goal would be to expand to a 10-team league in 2025.
If the above turns out to be accurate, here’s where the UFL will play in 2024:
This story is still developing, but we’ll keep you posted once we know more on the merger between the USFL and XFL.
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