XFL Strikes Multiyear TV Rights Deal With Disney

The XFL has found a home on television.

The league has struck a global rights deal with Disney that will see all regular season and playoff games broadcast on ESPN, ABC, FX. Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson and Dany Garcia, who are part of the league’s ownership group along with Gerry Cardinale’s RedBird Capital, announced the deal Tuesday during Disney’s upfront presentation.

AEW TBS Champion Jade Cargill Walks Lorenzo Hunt To The Ring Before His Victory At BKFC 30

“Without question, we have long admired Disney’s distinct ability to engage an expansive consumer fanbase across verticals, while also maintaining a deeply authentic, nuanced and heartfelt approach to storytelling much like our own,” said Garcia, who is chairwoman of the XFL. “To find a partner that honors our foundation and to be able to root our vision of unwavering passion, accessibility and the future of football with Disney as our home, is a dream come true. We are extraordinarily excited to explore the endless possibilities of this partnership — today is surely just the beginning.”

Johnson added, “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. We’re excited to be working with global visionaries that are aligned with the XFL’s values, are true team players and share our ambitious goals to grow the XFL as a global sports and entertainment business. Through the combined power of Disney and the XFL, together we will create a new powerhouse on the sports calendar and bring a dynamic game of football to fans everywhere. Time to ball out.”

Originally founded by Vince McMahon, the XFL lasted one season in 2001. McMahon revived the league in 2020, but its season was canceled halfway through as the onset of the coronavirus pandemic shut down play. Garcia and Johnson’s group acquired its parent company in August 2020 for $15 million after the XFL had declared bankruptcy,

“The XFL will tap into sports fans’ deep love of football by emphasizing competitive action while dedicating itself to innovation and entertainment,” said ESPN chairman Jimmy Pitaro. “You can see a great path to success when you combine the reach and influence of ESPN and Disney with the collective vision of XFL leadership led by Dany, Dwayne and Gerry.”

The new season is set to kick off on February 18, 2023.

Get exclusive pro wrestling content on Fightful Select, our premium news service! Click here to learn more.
From The Web