Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Gerry Cardinale’s RedBird Capital have purchased the XFL football league just hours before a planned auction was scheduled to begin. Johnson and Cardinale reportedly paid a total of $15 million dollars and Johnson’s ex-wife Dany Garcia will reportedly be a stakeholder as well.
Johnson commented on the purchase:
“The acquisition of the XFL with my talented partners, Dany Garcia and Gerry Cardinale, is an investment for me that’s rooted deeply in two things – my passion for the game and my desire to always take care of the fans. With pride and gratitude for all that I’ve built with my own two hands, I plan to applythese callouses to the XFL, and look forward to creating something special for the players, fans, and everyone involvedfor the love of football.” (quote courtesy of ESPN.com’s Kevin Seifert)
The XFL had shut down earlier this year due to the Covid-19outbreak. This was Vince McMahon’s second attempt at establishing the league after a failed run in 2001.