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Friday, June 14, 2024

XFL Unveils Adjusted Team Names, Logos Prior to 2023 Kickoff

  • Dwayne Johnson, Dany Garcia, and RedBird Capital Partners purchased the XFL for $15 million in 2020.
  • The league was previously owned by WWE founder Vince McMahon’s Alpha Entertainment.
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The XFL is gearing up for its February relaunch by providing more details on its eight new teams. 

On Monday, the revamped league — which ceased operations and filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2020 due to the impact of the pandemic — revealed its new team names and logos, including a few tweaks. 

In August 2020, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Dany Garcia, and RedBird Capital Partners purchased the XFL for $15 million from WWE founder Vince McMahon’s Alpha Entertainment. 

  • McMahon spent more than $200 million to restart the league in 2018 after it was established in 2001 and failed a year later. 
  • Next year’s teams will include the Arlington Renegades, D.C. Defenders, Houston Roughnecks, Orlando Guardians, San Antonio Brahmas, Seattle Sea Dragons, St. Louis Battlehawks, and the Vegas Vipers.
  • All 43 games of the 2023 season will air across Disney-owned networks including ESPN, ESPN+, FX, and ABC as part of a five-year domestic media rights deal.

In July, the XFL announced that its new football operations hub would be located in Arlington, Texas. As part of the three-year deal, the league will use Choctaw Stadium — the former home field of MLB’s Texas Rangers — and its surrounding area to host games, practices, and meetings. 

The XFL will also provide in-person entertainment and fan engagement opportunities at Choctaw through a deal with events company REV Entertainment. 

Legal Issue  

Media and entertainment company Togethxr filed a lawsuit in June against the XFL over the league’s logo, alleging that it was “confusingly similar to Togethxr’s brand and logo.”

In August, Togethxr dropped the trademark infringement suit.

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