The Rock has confirmed that the NFL and the soon-to-be relaunched XFL have entered into a new partnership.
The NFL and the XFL are entering into a partnership which will focus on “innovation opportunities” and aim to “expand and grow” the game.
Speaking to ESPN, XFL President Russ Brandon said that the new deal will see the XFL act as “petri-dish” for the NFL, which will allow for experiments with new equipment and rules as well as a development path for officials and coaches.
However, XFL officials are adamant that the new partnership will not include player sharing for developmental purposes.
The XFL is set to relaunch in February 2023 after being acquired by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Dany Garcia and RedBird Capital Partners. Commenting on the new deal, Garcia said that it represented a “natural process.”
“One of the things we made clear starting off is that we were going to take a stewardship position on the game and the game of football, expanding it and being impactful to the industry,”
“So I would say the field sees us as what we are, which is deeply leaning into innovation, and we were confident that having important conversations and articulating what we wanted to accomplish would be advantageous to anyone sitting in the room with us. We’re excited about that. Our relationships with football and the NFL are deep and long-standing, so it was a natural process.”
Exciting time in football as our @XFL2023 will join forces with the @NFL to collaborate on innovation opportunities to expand & grow the game of football.
As an XFL owner, my #1 priority will always be the players.
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) February 21, 2022
The Rock recently appeared at Super Bowl LVI introducing the teams onto the field in typically electrifying fashion. Following the appearance, The Great One hinted that he might also be returning to WWE in the very near future.
The tease came after it was reported that WWE were working on another huge WrestleMania 38 surprise, alongside the potential of the in-ring return of Stone Cold Steve Austin.