With the merger of the USFL and XFL authorised, the brand new mixed entity might be referred to as the United Soccer League (UFL), it was announced Sunday.
The 2024 UFL season will kickoff on Saturday, March 30, 2024 with a matchup between the 2023 champions, the Arlington Renegades (XFL) and Birmingham Stallions (USFL).
Russ Brandon, former President and CEO of the XFL, will lead the UFL as President and CEO, whereas Daryl Johnston, former USFL President of Soccer Operations, will lead soccer operations for the brand new mixed league.
Based on a report from the Washington Post, 5 XFL groups — the D.C. Defenders, Houston Roughnecks, San Antonio Brahmas, St. Louis Battlehawks and Arlington Renegades — will be a part of three USFL groups, the Birmingham Stallions, Memphis Showboats, and Michigan Panthers, which is able to kind the brand new eight-team league.
Beneath are statements launched at this time on new United Soccer League:
Eric Shanks – Chief Govt Officer and Govt Producer of FOX Sports activities
“FOX is soccer, and the success of the USFL has confirmed that there’s a brilliant future for spring soccer. The chance to convey collectively our two leagues – every with a dedication to advancing broadcast practices, rule improvements and the neighborhood – solely furthers the potential of the United Soccer League and solidifies its spot on the sports activities calendar.”
Jimmy Pitaro, Chairman, ESPN
“The United Soccer League – a strong mixture of the XFL and USFL – will present passionate sports activities followers with an entertaining, modern, and action-packed season,” Pitaro stated. “With compelling storytelling throughout conventional and digital platforms, fan-friendly improvements, and super attain, this visionary league is well-positioned, and we look ahead to our continued collaboration.”
Dany Garcia – Founder, CEO and Chairwoman of The Garcia Firms
“This new enterprise is feasible due to a shared visionary mindset, a profound ardour for the sport, and first-hand expertise dwelling and creating the alternatives that soccer makes potential. As a unified spring league, we’re capable of deepen our dedication to unlocking and surpassing the goals of our gamers, coaches, workers and followers. This league represents continued legacy and evolution, and we look ahead to constructing the universe of spring soccer.”
Dwayne Johnson – Founder and CEO of Seven Bucks Firms
“From day one, our mission has been to develop the sport of soccer and be a league of alternative, tradition and innovation. As we come collectively to create the UFL, we will construct one thing highly effective, thrilling and really cool for soccer followers – a spring league with lasting influence for all of the gamers with a dream to play professional soccer and the ‘hardest staff within the room’ mentality to make their goals come true.”
Gerry Cardinale – Founder and Managing Accomplice of RedBird Capital Companions
“If you mix the leisure and advertising experience of Dwayne Johnson and Dany Garcia, the printed and community attain of FOX and ESPN, and the strategic capital and firm constructing mentality of RedBird, there’s a super alternative to attain one thing distinctive – a worthwhile and scalable dwell occasion leisure platform that can proceed to work intently with the NFL on innovation and participant growth and have a official shot at changing into one of many high skilled leagues within the nation after the large 4. ”
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