Details Emerging Regarding A Potential USFL-XFL Merger

USFL/XFL Merger Has Cleared Federal Review — Announcement Coming Soon

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.

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.

PFN’s own James Larsen took to X (Twitter) earlier stating that an official announcement on the merger could come as early as today.

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:

  • Arlington
  • Birmingham
  • DC
  • Detroit
  • Houston
  • Memphis
  • San Antonio
  • St. Louis

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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  1. 8’s the way to go, been saying that since the merger was announced. My concern is the small TV viewership footprint in the merged league.

  2. Don’t like it at all Pittsburgh is losing yet again they once had the maulers in the old league then got them back for the two short years now it seems they are losing them again.

  3. Two things. 1. I think Darryl Johnston had a great league and I feel the XFL kind of ran itself into the ground with expenses so I am not so sure I like Russ Brandon being the top dog, but we shall see.

    2. They mention eight locations not 8 teams. I largely expect the Generals especially with their team poised to make a run for the championship this year. Their defense is the best from the USFL teams. DC for the XFL was great last year, we’ll see. If there are 8 teams and those are the 8 teams, I expect to have a lot more open time come Spring as I one of the the people to push for the league will move on to other things. Hoping for this to be misinformation.

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