USFL, XFL in talks to merge, sources say

USFL, XFL in talks to merge, sources say

The USFL and the XFL are currently in discussions to merge, according to multiple sources.

The leagues hope to finalize a merger for the season 2024, Axios said Tuesday. The deal would require regulatory approval. It is not yet clear where the broadcasts of the games will go. The USFL was broadcast on Fox and NBC, while XFL broadcasts have been shown on ESPN and ABC.

The XFL declined to comment on the merger offer to Fox News Digital. The USFL referred Fox News Digital to Fox Sports, who declined to comment.

Fox News' parent company, Fox News, owns the USFL. Dwayne Johnson, Dany Garcia and RedBird Capital Partners own the XFL.

The revamped USFL has been running for two seasons since it was re-established in 2022. The league employed team names from the original league and played in a hub model for the first season. The league hosted contests in several different stadiums in the second season, with teams sharing for the most part.

The XFL was back in 2023 after it was originally rebooted in 2020 before being shut down and sold amid the coronavirus pandemic. The teams played in their own stadiums.

In either spring league or NFL, many players have played in either league and gone on to make their NFL roster. KaVontae Turpin, a former USFL standout, joined the Dallas Cowboys in 2022 as an All-USFL player. He made the Pro Bowl at the end of the 2022 season.