XFL announces major new changes as The Rock’s football league seeks to compete head-to-head with the NFL
DWAYNE Johnson’s XFL has announced a number of exciting new changes.
The former wrestling star, 51, relaunched the soccer league earlier this year alongside his ex-wife and business partner Dany Garcia.
In the league, several players were acquired by NFL teams after a successful 2023 season.
And now there’s another shot at Superstar status for undeclared NFL talent.
The XFL announced last week that they will be holding a rookie draft on June 16th.
It is played for players who qualified for the 2023 NFL Draft and are not currently signed to a professional football team.
To accommodate this influx of new talent, the off-season XFL roster will expand from 51 to 90 players.
The developments have been well received by football-hungry fans who have several months until the NFL begins in September.
One wrote on social media: “This is insane. They morph into the minor leagues, except for football.”
Another said: “This is really cool.”
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While a third added: “A great opportunity for young men to continue pursuing their dreams!!”
And a fourth said: “XFL is an incredible concept. love to see it.”
The Rock brought back the XFL this year alongside his ex-wife and business partner Garcia.
And the pair remain bullish on the future of the XFL in both the short and long term.
Johnson told United States today: “This is not a matter of course. It’s not ‘let’s expand the portfolio, let’s make some money and let’s get out of the game’.”
“This is truly a passionate project that dates back to when we were kids at the University of Miami.”
While Garcia added that planning has already begun for the league’s second season in 2024, dates are being set for showcases and the talent combine.