XFL Rock’s Agrees To Engage With The NFL To Innovate The Game And Test Rule Changes For Safety | Ovarian Report

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XFL announced Monday that it has entered into a partnership agreement with the NFL that will see XFL test potential changes to NFL rules and player safety measures.

According to ESPN’s Kevin Seifert, former Buffalo Bills and current XFL chairman Ross Brandon said the following regarding the relationship between the leagues:

“People might ask, ‘What are the opportunities to look at the game from a different perspective from a player development point of view? How can you be an incubator or accelerator in so many different sectors, from management to rule innovations to playing surfaces, to player development?’ You can continue.

“Any opportunity the NFL has to advance the game of football, I think they’ve always been open to it, and we’ve had a really good dialogue, led by our own property group.”

XFL, owned by WWE legend and Hollywood superstar Dwayne Johnson, Danny Garcia and Red Bird Capital Partners, is set to relaunch in February 2023.

In what was a prelude to the announcement of the XFL-NFL partnership, The Rock appeared on the field at SoFi Stadium ahead of Super Bowl LVI against the Los Angeles Rams and Cincinnati Bengals just over a week ago.

As he often did during his time as a star in WWE, Johnson stirred the crowd with a fiery and emotional speech.

While the XFL and NFL will work together in certain regions going forward, Garcia made it clear that there is no goal or intention to make the XFL a developmental league for the NFL.

Regarding the XFL, potentially becoming an NFL sub-league system like NFL Europe, he said: “That’s no. We’re a spring league. We’re going to play at the highest level in the spring. There’s no anticipation of any players participating and changing the dynamic. That’s not the way that We implement our vision.”

XFL has been looking for a strategic partnership since it was acquired by Johnson, Garcia and RedBird Capital Partners in 2020.

At one point, the XFL and CFL had discussions about working together in some way, but things were eventually brought up, and no agreement was reached.

Working with the NFL will likely put the XFL in a beneficial position with respect to the football leagues in the spring.

The revived USFL is set to begin in April, and it has important TV deals with both Fox and NBC. The NFL is shaping up to be the XFL’s biggest competition if it can get past one season, but getting some support from the NFL may be just what the XFL needs to establish itself as the preeminent spring league.

The XFL was originally launched in 2001 owned by WWE President Vince McMahon. The league was folded after one season, but McMahon brought it back in 2020.

While the revived XFL had television deals with Fox and ABC and received some positive reviews, it folded before the 2020 season could be completed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

With Johnson and Co. buying the league, another chapter in the unique story of the XFL will be written next year.