Source: Official Letter to USFL Player
3 Key Points:
- The USFL and XFL have announced their intent to merge, aiming to create a “best-in-class” league that builds upon their recent successes.
- The merger is currently undergoing regulatory review and doesn’t have guaranteed outcomes, but the USFL is committed to a third season of excellence.
- This marks a historical moment as the USFL was the first spring league in about 40 years to return for a second season, thanks to the players’ contributions.
The United States Football League (USFL) has made an official announcement about its intent to merge with the XFL. This move aims to cement the future of professional spring football, along with the development of its players, coaches, and staff. This significant milestone comes after the USFL completed its second season, proving skeptics wrong about the viability of spring football.
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“We are extremely proud of what we have built over the past two seasons,” states the letter to USFL players. “We have shown that the professional spring football model can work — and, in many ways, have done what many football and business minds thought was impossible.”
After proving its viability, the USFL became the first large-scale spring football league in nearly four decades to return for a second season. This achievement is attributed directly to the players, who have been essential in making this ‘impossible’ dream come true.
“And it happened because of YOU,” the letter emphasizes.
On the XFL front, the league also found its footing this past season, giving both leagues confidence that a merger would create a unified, more robust league. This led the USFL to agree to terms with the XFL’s ownership group and file the necessary paperwork for the proposed merger.
“The Regulatory review process is underway and does not come with any guaranteed outcomes. We remain focused and as committed as ever to deliver a heightened level of excellence for the USFL’s third season,” the letter asserts.
With both leagues having validated the spring football model independently, the proposed merger marks an exciting time for the sport. As it stands, many questions are yet to be answered, but both leagues have assured continuous communication with players as they navigate this new chapter in professional spring football.
UNITED STATES FOOTBALL LEAGUE
Dear USFL Players,
Today, the United States Football League (“USFL”) and XFL announced the intent to merge. The new league will establish best-in-class operations atop the foundation built over the USFL and XFL’s most recent seasons, cementing the future of professional spring football, and further enhancing the development of its players, coaches, and staff.
We are extremely proud of what we have built over the past two seasons. We have shown that the professional spring football model can work — and, in many ways, have done what many football and business minds thought was impossible. The USFL became the first spring league at scale in approximately 40 years to come back and play a second season. And it happened because of YOU.
Meanwhile, the XFL defined its own success this past season cementing that the time is right to combine the USFL and XFL into a joint entity. As such, the USFL agreed to terms with the XFL’s ownership group and recently submitted the necessary filings of the proposed merger. The Regulatory review process is underway and, does not come with any guaranteed outcomes. We remain focused and as committed as ever to deliver a heightened level of excellence for the USFL’s third season.
We realize this news creates many questions, and we will continue to communicate with all of you as new information becomes available throughout this process. We are excited about the future and hope be able to share more details regarding the new league at a later date.