USFL, XFL announce merger, rebrand as United Football League ahead of 2024 inaugural season

By Isabel Gonzalez

The USFL and XFL have officially announced they are merging into the United Football League. The inaugural season is set to kick off on March 30, 2024.

The opener will be played between the 2023 XFL champions Arlington Renegades and the 2023 USFL champions Birmingham Stallions.

“From day one, our mission has been to expand the game of football and be a league of opportunity, culture and innovation,” Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, an XFL co-owner, said in a statement. “As we come together to create the UFL, we can build something powerful, exciting and very cool for football fans – a spring league with lasting impact for all the players with a dream to play pro football and the ‘hardest workers in the room’ mentality to make their dreams come true.”

The USFL has come and gone twice, while XFL was on its third try. They had played partially overlapping schedules but announced their intent to merge this past September.

“As a unified spring league, we are able to deepen our commitment to unlocking and surpassing the dreams of our players, coaches, staff and fan,” XFL co-owner Dany Garcia said. “This league represents continued legacy and evolution, and we look forward to building the universe of spring football.”

Former XFL president and CEO Russ Brandon will keep the same titles in the UFL, while former USFL president of football operations Daryl Johnston will lead football operations. Games are set to air on ABC, ESPN, Fox and FS1.

Johnson said he will be announcing the UFL teams for the inaugural season during College GameDay on Jan. 1.

Read original CBS Sports article here.