The XFL has announced a collaboration with the NFL with the purpose to expand opportunities for players both on and off the field.
In a press release about the partnership, XFL shared its vision of focusing on health and safety, writing:
“Health and safety will be a principal area of focus in both learning and innovation, with the XFL working with the NFL on forward thinking physical and mental fitness programs for players, the study of playing surfaces and equipment and the sharing of game trends and data.
“We are extremely pleased to collaborate with the NFL in these important areas,” said Dany Garcia, Co-Owner and Chairwoman of the XFL. “We are bringing forward an XFL that is progressive and forward-thinking when it comes to innovation, leveraging the newest technology to enhance gameday experience. We have an open field for innovative rules to enhance in-game access. Sharing insights and practices between the XFL and NFL will do a tremendous amount of good for the game of football and support the player ecosystem overall.”
Additional avenues for collaboration may include international football development and scouting, as well as officiating, including the testing of different game rules for player protection and enhanced overall play, and of different technologies to enhance officiating.
XFL CEO Dany Garcia may be a recognizable name to wrestling fans from her work in Hollywood with the production company Seven Bucks Productions or as the former wife of Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson.
Upon the acquisition, Garcia became the first woman to own an equal or majority ownership stake in a major professional sports league in the United States as she is co-owners with Johnson and RedBird Capital.
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