Partnership announced between the XFL and NFL Alumni Academy

 | April 13, 2022

The new partnership will have the Alumni Academy scout and train potential XFL players

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With the XFL set to debut in 2023, a new partnership has been announced between the company and the NFL Alumni Academy. This isn't the first partnership between the two corporations either. 

The XFL went bankrupt in 2020 and is under new management, who is working exclusively with the NFL to ensure success this time around. The new owners are Dany Garcia, actor Dwayne Johnson, and RedBird Capital Partners.

Another recent announcement for the XFL was the hiring of Dean Blandino to become the Vice President of Officiating. Blandino worked for the XFL in 2020 as the officiating chief after declining an offer to return to the NFL. 

The NFL Alumni Academy was founded in 2020 and is run by former NFL coaches and players. These coaches and players will help the XFL scout and develop players and could perhaps tap into the pool of unemployed players for the XFL to acquire. 

The XFL has stated that its partnership with the NFL Alumni Academy is "exclusive". The league will collaborate on scouting and training, and players who participate in the academy in 2022 will receive an opt-in contract to join the XFL in 2023.

XFL president Russ Brandon noted the partnership is a: "monumental partnership not only for the XFL, but for the entire football ecosystem." This agreement could fix the problem the XFL had in 2020, which was the lack of big-name players.

Multiple changes have been made in this new version of the XFL, including a collaboration agreement with the NFL to experiment with new rules, testing equipment, and developing officials and coaches. 

Executive Director of the NFL Alumni Academy, Dean Dalton said the partnership "will have a positive ripple effect across the entire football landscape."

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