Last year, under new leadership, the XFL initiated talks with the CFL to possibly form a business partnership. After many months without solid news, both leagues came out and announced they had decided to go their own ways… for now.
Although the discussions didn’t lead anywhere, it did show that the new XFL ownership group was interested in more than just the US market. During those talks we also heard rumors that the league was exploring the possibility of moving a franchise to Mexico. This is something that fans have been hoping to see for a while out of the NFL; which may have peaked the interest of the XFL.
Looking at a recent XFL job posting for Sr. Director Ticket Operations, it mentions that the role will “oversee ticketing technology and operations for the league’s team and venues, domestically and internationally.
The #XFL is continuing to hire! Shoutout to @TujuMaster for pointing this out! pic.twitter.com/ULQtbccDvS
— Jake Henry (@stljakeh) January 4, 2022
This is by no means confirmation that the XFL will be playing internationally, but it does at least cover the option if they do so.
Well, it looks like we have some more information. Thanks to XFL Newsroom staffer Jake Henry, we have a new trademark for the league. The new ownership group has registered “XFL” in Mexico, but what does that mean? Well, it definitely doesn’t mean expansion.
The trademarks were registered back in November, but thanks’ to Jake, we’re seeing it out in the open.
In fact, it looks like this is more so the league can air/stream their games in that region. This may not be the news you wanted to hear, but that doesn’t mean that it won’t become a reality.
XFL Co-owner Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson recently joined CNBC where he shared that new team names and cities will be announced in the first couple months of the year. Beyond team names and locations, he also stated we’ll learn who will be broadcasting the XFL in 2023 as well. It’s expected to be early in the year, but we’d guess that February is a good target to keep in mind.
As the XFL ramps up towards their return in 2023, expect to see a lot of news throughout the year. Will there be expansion? We’ll just need to wait a little long until we hear something official from the league.
Do you think the XFL should expand internationally? Let us know your thoughts down in the comments below or join the conversation on Discord.