XFL salaries revealed: Leaked memo details player pay for new league

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The Brewer Group CEO Jack Brewer, former National Football League running back Clinton Portis and former National Football League wide receiver Ron Johnson on the comeback of the XFL.

The reboot of the much-anticipated XFL hit a big snag on Friday when reports surfaced that the league told player agents that its average player salary will be just $55,00, which is now lower than what players make in the Canadian Football League. Training camps will begin in November and the regular season is scheduled to begin February 8, the week after Super Bowl 54.

That's according to ProFootballTalk's Mike Florio, who reported Friday that the XFL intends to make any players drafted and retained by a team for the 2020 season full-time employees as of December 4.

At present, it's unclear if player contracts will be determined by a standardized pay scale or if certain players will be eligible for bigger salaries.

XFL representatives did not respond to a request for comment on the memo and player salaries.

XFL players won't be getting rich during the league's second inaugural season, according to one report. There have since been failed attempts to create a spring football league. The Alliance of American Football, which last tried that, said that it could have become successful with enough financial backing. McMahon folded the first XFL after just one season (2001). Players on the championship-winning Los Angeles Xtreme split a $1 million bonus.

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