Source says XFL offers league to player agents to counter USFL.

A source said that the XFL continued its efforts against the USFL's return to field by holding a virtual meeting with agents Monday night to present them on the league’s plans for 2023.

Agents were told by Doug Whaley Russi Giglio and Marc Ross, the XFL's two top football executives. They said that the XFL would offer better benefits and higher salaries than the USFL.

According to ESPN's internal outline, Ross, Whaley, and Giglio suggested that the XFL's schedule would be more favorable for players who wish to receive further consideration from the NFL teams.

The USFL players receive $4,500 per week and bonuses if they win. They are also eligible for subsidized housing during regular season. The USFL contributes $75 towards the daily $150 hotel rate at the league's Birmingham, Alabama site. Ross and Whaley informed agents that XFL salaries would be higher and include all housing and meal costs for the season.

Each of eight XFL teams will have 70-man rosters with 45 active players for games. This translates to approximately 560 jobs for XFL players, which is 200 more than the current roster limit of the USFL. Two-year contracts were signed by USFL players, making it difficult to switch leagues in 2023.

The XFL did not comment on the last week's announcement of its eight head coaches during a live broadcast on ESPN's Get Up!

Fox Sports owned the USFL. The league relaunched its broadcasting with four games in three days. Each game was broadcast by Fox, NBC, or one of its secondary channels. The league reported that the average viewer of its Saturday night opening game, which was simultaneously broadcast by Fox and NBC on Saturday, was 3 million.

Daryl Johnston, the USFL's executive vice president of football operations, stated that he believed that the USFL would be “ahead” of any future competition with XFL in the days leading up to the launch.

Johnston stated, “I don’t know if this is so much a race for who gets there first.” “It is now that we are offset by a whole year, and who gets that experience? It goes back at our [television] partners. Where would they be? [the XFL]be able to compare with us in the presentation of their product? Let's suppose the product is the exact same on the field. That would be a challenge. How do you then present that to the fan? If you are talking about Fox and NBC being partners, I don’t believe there is a way that the XFL can match what they have created in terms of the ability to broadcast USFL onto television for fans.

Leave a Comment