Dwayne Johnson, co-owner of the XFL tweeted Thursday morning with a potential return date for the league in Spring of 2022.
The second incarnation of the XFL was booming just before its abrupt cancellation due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
WWE executive Vince McMahon who previously owned the 2001 version of the league sought to revive it once again. He funded Alpha Entertainment in January of 2018 to help create the 2nd version of the XFL.
T.V deals with ESPN, ABC and Fox were inked to broadcast the league and this time it was seeming like it was going to be sustainable. The were fans looking for a league more physical than what the NFL has become and that’s what they got.
Then came COVID-19 and the cease of sports leagues together. The XFL was devastated as they had just begun and they didn’t enough money to survive the closure. In April the league filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy.
In August of 2020, megastar Dwyane Johnson who had played briefly in the CFL before being cut, decided to purchase the league with his wife Danny Garcia and RedBird capital for just $15 million.
ESPN agreed to broadcast the league again under the condition it is financially sustainable when it returns.
Johnson who played sports business executive Spencer Strasmore in the HBO series Ballers is now officially a Baller himself after becoming CEO of the league.
Dwyane Johnson is an executive who knows the youth, the sport and has the fame to make it succeed.
Keep your popcorn ready for the Spring 2022 revival of the XFL.