This was a surprise to some, as spring football entities have experienced past difficulties when attempting to work with the NFL. However, the XFL’s new ownership was able to make something happen, and it might just change the future of spring football forever.
Before we get ahead of ourselves, it is crucial to understand the important details of this collaborative agreement – at least the few that we know of so far.
Feeder League Is A No-Go
Right off the bat, the XFL made it clear that they do not plan on being a feeder league for the NFL. Dany Garcia, one of the XFL’s co-owners, said that this partnership is not going to put the business in that position.
While the two organizations will be working together, the XFL has prioritized having and maintaining their own identity, as they plan on playing professional football at a high level during the spring. Their cumulative goal has always been, and always will be to be known as a stand alone professional football league; and this agreement is not going to change that.
Testing Grounds For The NFL
That being said, this move will allow for the NFL to use the XFL as an avenue to test and develop new rules, innovations, ideas, and more. In a way, the XFL will serve as a testing ground for the NFL. Marc Ross, Executive VP of Football Operations for the league, discussed the new deal on the NFL Network.
Essentially, the XFL will still be their own independent entity – but will work with the NFL to implement innovations that will change the game for the better. Dany Garcia said this about the new agreement:
“We are extremely pleased to collaborate with the NFL in these important areas…We are bringing forward an XFL that is progressive and forward-thinking when it comes to innovation, leveraging the newest technology to enhance gameday experience. We have an open field for innovative rules to enhance in-game access. Sharing insights and practices between the XFL and NFL will do a tremendous amount of good for the game of football and support the player ecosystem overall.”
Since its resurrection in 2018, the XFL has always been about innovation. With this deal in place, the XFL has the opportunity to continue to create new ways to watch the game of football for years to come.
What Does The Future Hold?
Without a doubt, having a deal in place with the NFL makes the XFL’s chances of success much higher moving forward. While it doesn’t guarantee that everything will be picture perfect, the league is in an excellent spot to build upon their 2023 season with the NFL’s support.
Currently, we do not know all of the details that this deal holds. Is the XFL making a profit off of it? Will the NFL be providing financial support to the league through this agreement? Right now, we do not know.
With that in mind, this agreement could set the tone for spring football as we approach the XFL’s 2023 kickoff; and we should expect the league’s ownership to bring nothing but the best out of this deal for both sides.