XFL co-owner Dany Garcia dropped an intriguing bit of news in a recent email reply to E! News.
She was asked about becoming the first woman in the United States to hold an ownership stake in a major professional sports league.
“The entire experience has been life-changing for me. The enormity of relaunching this league combined with the complex strategy and partnerships executions we are cultivating for the benefit of our athletes and audiences is a 24/7 impacting event,” Garcia told E! News.
“While it is no small task and we are months from hitting the field, it’s humbling to see that following my passions has had such a positive impact in other people’s lives. It gives me joy to hear that this acquisition inspired others to take a leap in their own careers.”
The 2022 XFL season was put on hold pending the outcome of conversations with the CFL. However, Garcia stating the league is ‘months from hitting the field’ appears to indicate the XFL plans to play in less than a year.
Garcia, Dwayne Johnson, and RedBird Capital were selected as the winning bidders last August for all of the assets of Alpha Entertainment LLC, the parent company of the XFL. It cost $15 million and the goal is to make the XFL a stable league in the future, which could be aided by an arrangement with the CFL.
The owners of both leagues have agreed to work together to identify opportunities for innovating and growing the game of football. The Rock has stated he’s excited for the ‘unique opportunity’ the CFL and XFL ‘can potentially create together.’
The original XFL lasted one full season in 2001 and just part of one season before the COVID-19 pandemic put their 2020 season on hold, which led to Vince McMahon filing for bankruptcy and selling to Garcia, Johnson, and RedBird Capital.
Garcia has confirmed non-disclosure agreements are in place and being adhered to as the XFL and CFL work on “innovation” for the future. NDAs notwithstanding, Garcia has provided evidence of the timeline the XFL is looking at for playing football.