With the American football rivalry returning to the field in 2022, the XFL has formally announced its return date.
The news follows on from the $15 million takeover of the competition by Dwayne Johnson and Dany Garcia, who, alongside RedBird Capital Partners, also own Seven Bucks Productions.
The new ownership group and its executives are also in the process of relaunching the competition along with the announcement of the return day of the XFL, with further information planned to be shared in due course.
Johnson and Garcia, in a joint statement, commented: “The XFL represents the idea of ultimate opportunity; it’s a league of soul and culture, anchored by the pursuit of dreams and love for the game, that we couldn’t be more proud to lead.
“Every XFL player, coach, city and fan is our top priority and we couldn’t be more excited to champion them in an electrifying 2022 season. We are the new XFL—hungry, humble and no one will outwork us.”
This will be the XFL’s engagement since it first debuted in 2001, with the most recent redesign coming to a close this year, although the rivalry will have new owners at the helm unlike previous models.
Johnson also tweeted on the news of XFL ‘s return: “As owners, we’re proud to champion our XFL players, coaches, cities and fans into an electrifying 2022 season! It’s an uphill battle – but we’re hungry, humble and no one will outwork us. A league of culture, passion & purpose.”
If the teams and cities participating in the first XFL revival will still be part of the competition or whether there will be any new entrants joining the league has yet to be revealed.
“For the love of football and for the safety of our players and fans, we’ll be back on the field in 2022,” added Jeffrey Pollack, XFL President and COO. “The opportunity in front of us, with our new ownership, is simply too big to rush back. We want to do this properly with care and thought for everyone who loves football, especially our players, coaches, partners and fans.”