XFL inks multiyear contract with The Walt Disney Company
Ricky Gray | May 18, 2022
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Throughout the XFL season, games will be broadcast on various Disney networks.
At the start of the XFL season, all of the league's regular-season and playoff games will air on ESPN and other networks solely owned by The Walt Disney Company. This multi-year agreement was announced on Tuesday, May 17.
The league year will start in February of 2023 and will run through spring with 40 games total in the regular season. There will be two playoff semifinals and a title game that will all appear on ESPN, ABC and FX.
This deal also encompasses content rights for Disney's digital, social, and streaming outlets, such as ESPN+.
For those unfamiliar, the XFL is returning in 2023 under new management. Leading the charge is Dany Garcia along with Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Gerry Cardinale's RedBird Capital Partners.
The deal with Disney is another of many agreements and changes the XFL has gone through over the course of the year. Not long ago, Dean Blandino signed on to become the Vice President of Officiating.
In a statement regarding the company's new relationship with Disney, Johnson said: "This is a definitive moment for the XFL and the beginning of an incredible, long-term partnership for the league, building on my longstanding, very successful legacy relationship I've had with Disney throughout my career."
In regards to Blandino's hiring, XFL president Russ Brandon said: "We have the rare opportunity to develop new, innovative rules for this league and Dean's unique perspective and expert experience are integral to achieving that before we hit the field in 2023."
The XFL also reached a partnership with the NFL focusing on innovation programs and protecting the health of players.
Commenting on this partnership, Brandon told ESPN: "Any opportunity that the NFL has to advance the game of football, I think they've always been open to, and we've had some really good dialogue, led by our ownership group."