So Long Stars

With the USFL and XFL merging, some teams will have to fold. Four former USFL teams have already been informed that they will not be able to continue in the new league, and there are still discussions about which former XFL teams will be shuttered, according to a report from Front Office Sports.

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Back in September, the USFL and XFL announced a merger, hoping to form a football league that could thrive outside the NFL season. The newly formed league will feature eight franchises, meaning the USFL and XFL both must drop half of its teams.

The USFL has already made those decisions with the New Jersey Generals, New Orleans Breakers, Philadelphia Stars, and Pittsburgh Maulers coming to an end. The Birmingham Stallions, Houston Gamblers, Memphis Showboats, and Michigan Panthers will all be joining the new league.

The XFL, on the other hand, has yet to make a final decision about which of its eight teams will continue operations. The latest iteration of the XFL featured the Arlington Renegades, D.C. Defenders, Houston Roughnecks, Orlando Guardians, San Antonio Brahmas, Seattle Sea Dragons, St. Louis Battle Hawks, and Vegas Vipers.

The new league is scheduled to make its debut in March 2024, which means the formal announcement of all eight franchises should be coming relatively soon. Once that happens, the biggest question will be whether this league will have the sustainability that other alternative football leagues have lacked.

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The Stars will once again be put on the scrap heap of the USFL. In the 5-year history of the league the Stars franchise has won 2 League Championships, and has been a playoff team 4 out of 5 seasons.  

Matt Bednarczyk
Matt Bednarczyk

Matt Bednarczyk is your host of Talking Philly Sports With Matty B. He is a proud retired US Army Sergeant First Class, he is also a combat veteran with over 80 months served in Afganistan, and Iraq . Huge Hockey Fan. Matt is a lifelong 4 for 4 Philly sports fan. Born and raised on the Mayfair and Tacony neighborhood lines of Northeast Philly. He brings over 40 years of Philadelphia Sports passion and provides a realistic look at our Major Sports Teams and the most passionate sports fans on the planet. Look for his show live on Edge of Philly Sports.