The proposed merger of the USFL and XFL, plans for which were originally announced two months ago, received regulatory clearance today from federal antitrust authorities, paving the way for the two spring leagues to join forces.
After receiving regulatory approval, the leagues issued a statement indicating that the newly combined entity would begin its 2024 season exactly four months from today:
“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.”
The two leagues currently have eight teams apiece. It’s not yet clear how many of those 16 teams will be retained in the combined league, nor is it clear what the new league will be called. Pro Football Newsroom reporter James Larsen is reporting that the new circuit will be called the United Football League (UFL) and will have eight teams, but that hasn’t yet been confirmed by USFL or XFL personnel.
The XFL’s uniforms were made by Under Armour and the USFL’s by Ripon Athletic. It’s not yet clear who the new league’s outfitter will be.
XFL/USFL merger is finalized & approved.
XFL will retain 4 teams:
San Antonio Brahmas
St Louis BattleHawks
USFL will retain 4 teams:
Not what we had hoped & expected.
— John Vogel (@DraftVogel) November 30, 2023
(My thanks to Marcus Hall for bringing James Larsen’s tweet to my attention.)