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XFL to partner with NFL ‘collaborate on innovation opportunities to expand & grow the game of football’

The XFL has reached a collaboration agreement with the NFL to work together on game rules, officiating, health & safety, and other areas of the game.

In August 2020, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson partnered with RedBird Capital and business partner, Dany Garcia, to buy the bankrupt football league after Vince McMahon folded the league when its 2020 season was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Garcia noted in a statement that this deal is not a precursor to the XFL becoming an NFL developmental league. The Rock commented on the news by writing the following in caption of this post on Twitter:

“Exciting time in football as our @XFL2023 will join forces with the @NFL to collaborate on innovation opportunities to expand & grow the game of football. As an XFL owner, my #1 priority will always be the players.”

Last year, the XFL had discussions with the CFL (Canadian Football League) regarding a working agreement, but later announced they had “jointly decided to not pursue any formal arrangements.”


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