Hollywood’s highest paid actor, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and his ex-wife/business partner Dany Garcia along with Gerry Cardinale’s Redbird Capital have purchased the XFL football league. The new group of owners bought the defunct league for a reported $15 million dollars (US) from Alpha Entainment, owned by World Wrestling Entertainment chairman Vince McMahan.
The 8 team/city league stopped play in early March after only five weeks due to the Co-vid19 pandemic. A month later in April, the league filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on the grounds that the league lost “tens of millions of dollars of revenue due to the coronavirus shutdown.
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My XFL helmets arrived to my office and (holy shit!) I’m humbled and grateful at how full circle life can sometimes be ??? My dreams of playing in the NFL never came true, but now years later – I have the honor of buying an entire pro football league so the dreams of other players CAN COME TRUE. My trailblazing partner @danygarciaco (first woman ever to own an entire US sports league) and #GerryCardinale are passionate football owners who are committed to the grind to deliver awesome football for the fans — and always take care of our hard working, talented players. And finally, I keep a framed $7 BUCKS (the amount of money I had when I was cut from the Canadian Football League in 1995) on the top shelf here as my daily reminder to stay hungry, humble and always be the hardest worker in the room. #LeagueOfCulture #LeagueOfExpression #LeagueOfPassion #LeagueOfThePeople #WeAreTheXFL ?
The XFL was meant to be a spring football alternative to the more popular NFL. Known for it’s innovative camera angles, kickoff rule changes and popular head coaches, the XFL was gaining popularity and TV viewership before the league shutdown earlier this year. Former college and NFL coaches, such as Bob Stoops, June Jones, Jim Zorn and Marc Trestman along with Commissioner Oliver Luck brought credibility and integrity to the re-start-up league.
The league was originally instilled in 2001 and folded after that season.
Cities and teams consisted of the XFL in 2020 :
- Dallas Renegades, Arlington, Texas
- Houston Roughnecks, Houston, Texas
- Los Angeles Wildcats, Carson, California
- Seattle Dragons, Seattle, Washington
- D.C. Defenders, Washington D.C.
- New York Guardians, East Rutherford, New Jersey
- St. Louis Battlehawks, St. Louis, Missouri
- Tampa Bay Vipers, Tampa Bay, Florida