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USFLPA Informs Players That Four USFL Teams Survive In Merger

The USFLPA broke some important news today regarding the USFL-XFL merger structure. It appears that four USFL teams will be making the final cut, according to information that ProFootballTalk was able to release.

Of the four USFL franchises in the new league, the reported four teams to remain are:

Birmingham Stallions
Houston Gamblers
Memphis Showboats
Michigan Panthers

It appears that the league has finally secured a venue in Houston, leading to the return of the Houston Gamblers to the city. With this news in mind, it is safe to say that the XFL’s Houston Roughnecks won’t be a part of the unified league.

The USFL will be losing four of its franchises:

New Orleans Breakers
New Jersey Generals
Philadelphia Stars
Pittsburgh Maulers

Rumors are swirling right now in regards to the USFL-XFL merger. Many are expecting an official announcement to come on the 21st (Thursday), but we aren’t holding our breath given the setbacks we’ve seen in the past regarding said announcement.

Other Rumors

In addition to this news, here are some other pieces we’ve been hearing. Note: none of this is officially confirmed by the leagues – but it’s news we are expecting to hear when the announcement is made.

The four XFL markets to remain would be:

Arlington Renegades
DC Defenders
San Antonio Brahmas
St. Louis Battlehawks

We are also being told that the new head coach in Memphis is likely going to be a former USFL head coach – either John DeFilippo (Breakers), or Mike Riley (Generals). Divisions in the new “UFL” (United Football League) are currently set to keep their “USFL” and “XFL” names.

The XFL utilized a “hub system” in Arlington during their 2023 season, where all 8 teams were located at and around Choctaw Stadium. We are expecting a similar scenario in 2024.

While Ben Fischer reported a few weeks ago that Russ Brandon is going to be the top executive in the new league, expect USFL President Daryl Johnston to still be involved.

In additional news, we are told that a dispersal draft for players on cut teams (under contract) will be held in mid-January – tentatively set for the 15th. Scooby Wright also dropped a bombshell, as it appears that teams will be able to claim up to 42 contracted players before the dispersal draft.

With the leagues already announcing March 30th as their kickoff date back in late November, training camp should begin in mid-late February. The date we’ve heard as of late is February 17th.

Of course, we are still waiting for the leagues to officially announce the merger. If it does happen this week, Thursday is the day to watch.

What are your thoughts on this new development in the USFL-XFL merger? Which USFL teams did you want to see make the final cut? Let us know down in the comments below, or join the conversation on Discord!

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