In a landmark interview on Fox NFL Sunday, Dany Garcia and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, pivotal figures in the evolution of spring football, announced the merger of the USFL and XFL into the United Football League (UFL). This union marks a significant step forward in the landscape of American football, promising a new era of opportunities for players and fans alike.

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Dany Garcia expressed the monumental nature of this union, stating, “Yes, we have huge news. After an incredible two seasons that the USFL has had and an incredible XFL season last year, the USFL and the XFL are merging to create the United Football League. The UFL.

Dwayne Johnson, reflecting on the driving force behind this merger, emphasized the shared passion and goals: “We wanted to join forces for a few reasons. I think, number one, to grow the game of football…and also deliver for the fans.”

The vision of the UFL goes beyond just playing games; it’s about creating pathways for players who are on the cusp of realizing their NFL dreams. Johnson, relatable in his approach, said, “So imagine all those fifty-four s out there and you tell them you got one more shot in the UFL. And then to go on to the NFL, potentially, how do you think they’ll play? They’re going to ball out.”

Garcia’s vision for the UFL encompasses not just the players but everyone involved in the sport, “So the UFL. What we can do is we can open the chapter and enrich the chapter today of football, but we can define football in the future.”

The UFL promises not only intense and passionate play but also a blend of heritage and innovation. Garcia further elaborated, “And they’re going to see more of that. They’re going to see the combination of heritage and innovation.”

The anticipation for the UFL’s debut is palpable. One thing you can expect is that, as I was mentioning, we have our Birmingham Stallions, our USFL champions, who will be playing our XFL champions, the Arlington Renegades, as our opener,” Garcia revealed.


The merger of the USFL and XFL into the UFL, as announced by Dany Garcia and Dwayne Johnson, heralds a promising future for spring football. This merger is set to offer new opportunities for players, bring innovation to the sport, and engage fans in a new chapter of football.

With a focus on player development and fan engagement, the UFL aims to establish itself as a significant presence in the American football landscape. The inaugural match, a clash between the champions of the USFL and XFL, is a must-watch event for football enthusiasts and marks the beginning of an exciting new era in the sport.

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Mark Perry Editor
Mark Perry, a devoted sports journalist and founder of UFL News Hub, has been a key figure in XFL, USFL and UFL coverage since 2018.

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