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The newly-formed United Football League will kick off its 2024 campaign on Saturday, March 30 with a doubleheader pitting former USFL and XFL teams against each other.

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The newly-formed United Football League will kick off its 2024 campaign on Saturday, March 30 with a doubleheader pitting former USFL and XFL teams against each other. Over the next 10 weeks, four former XFL clubs and four former USFL teams will battle it out under the UFL banner to claim an inaugural league champion.

FOX starts the season with two marquee matchups. In the very first UFL game, league champions do battle as the reigning USFL champion Birmingham Stallions take on the XFL’s champion, the Arlington Renegades. In the afternoon game, the St. Louis Battlehawks travel to Detroit to take on the Michigan Panthers.

ESPN takes over on Sunday, March 31, with a doubleheader of their own. The championship runners-up, the D.C. Defenders, break out the Beer Snake when the San Antonio Brahmas come to town. In the afternoon game, the Houston Roughnecks host the Memphis Showboats in interconference action.

“We’re excited to introduce fans to the United Football League with its high quality of play, innovative rules, and entertainment,” said Tim Reed, ESPN vice president of programming & acquisitions. “Last year, we provided XFL fans with unparalleled, on-field access to players, coaches, and league officials. With the UFL kickoff season, we will further build upon that across our strong schedule, with games on ABC, ESPN, and every game on ESPN+, in addition to coverage across our social and digital platforms.”

Both network’s commentator teams will be announced at a later date. You can view the entire 2024 United Football League schedule below.

2024 United Football League Schedule

WeekHome TeamAway TeamDateTime (ET)LocationNetwork
1Arlington RenegadesBirmingham StallionsSaturday, March 301:00 PMArlingtonFOX
1St. Louis BattlehawksMichigan PanthersSaturday, March 304:00 PMDetroitFOX
1San Antonio BrahmasD.C. DefendersSunday, March 3112:00 PMSan AntonioESPN
1Houston RoughnecksMemphis ShowboatsSunday, March 313:00 PMHoustonESPN
2Memphis ShowboatsSan Antonio BrahmasSaturday, April 612:00 PMMemphisESPN
2Arlington RenegadesSt. Louis BattlehawksSaturday, April 68:00 PMSt. LouisABC
2Birmingham StallionsMichigan PanthersSunday, April 712:00 PMDetroitESPN
2Houston RoughnecksD.C. DefendersSunday, April 74:00 PMD.C.FOX
3D.C. DefendersArlington RenegadesSaturday, April 131:00 PMArlingtonESPN
3Memphis ShowboatsBirmingham StallionsSaturday, April 137:00 PMBirminghamFOX
3Houston RoughnecksMichigan PanthersSunday, April 1412:00 PMDetroitABC
3St. Louis BattlehawksSan Antonio BrahmasSunday, April 143:00 PMSan AntonioABC
4Memphis ShowboatsSt. Louis BattlehawksSaturday, April 2012:30 PMSt. LouisABC
4D.C. DefendersBirmingham StallionsSaturday, April 207:00 PMBirminghamFOX
4San Antonio BrahmasMichigan PanthersSaturday, April 207:00 PMSan AntonioFOX
4Arlington RenegadesHouston RoughnecksSunday, April 212:00 PMHoustonFS1
5San Antonio BrahmasArlington RenegadesSaturday, April 277:00 PMArlingtonFOX
5Birmingham StallionsHouston RoughnecksSaturday, April 277:00 PMHoustonFOX
5St. Louis BattlehawksD.C. DefendersSunday, April 2812:00 PMD.C.ESPN
5Michigan PanthersMemphis ShowboatsSunday, April 283:00 PMMemphisFOX
6Birmingham StallionsMemphis ShowboatsSaturday, May 412:00 PMMemphisABC
6Houston RoughnecksSt. Louis BattlehawksSaturday, May 43:00 PMSt. LouisFOX
6Arlington RenegadesMichigan PanthersSunday, May 51:00 PMDetroitFOX
6San Antonio BrahmasD.C. DefendersSunday, May 54:00 PMD.C.FOX
7Memphis ShowboatsArlington RenegadesSaturday, May 111:00 PMArlingtonESPN
7St. Louis BattlehawksBirmingham StallionsSaturday, May 114:00 PMBirminghamFOX
7Michigan PanthersD.C. DefendersSunday, May 1212:00 PMD.C.ESPN
7San Antonio BrahmasHouston RoughnecksSunday, May 123:00 PMHoustonESPN
8Memphis ShowboatsMichigan PanthersSaturday, May 184:00 PMDetroitFOX
8Houston RoughnecksBirmingham StallionsSaturday, May 188:00 PMBirminghamESPN2
8D.C. DefendersSt. Louis BattlehawksSunday, May 1912:00 PMSt. LouisABC
8Arlington RenegadesSan Antonio BrahmasSunday, May 194:00 PMSan AntonioFOX
9St. Louis BattlehawksArlington RenegadesSaturday, May 2512:00 PMArlingtonABC
9Birmingham StallionsSan Antonio BrahmasSaturday, May 253:00 PMSan AntonioABC
9D.C. DefendersMemphis ShowboatsSunday, May 262:30 PMMemphisFOX
9Michigan PanthersHouston RoughnecksSunday, May 262:30 PMHoustonFOX
10Michigan PanthersBirmingham StallionsSaturday, June 112:00 PMBirminghamESPN
10San Antonio BrahmasSt. Louis BattlehawksSaturday, June 14:00 PMSt. LouisFOX
10Arlington RenegadesD.C. DefendersSunday, June 212:00 PMD.C.ABC
10Houston RoughnecksMemphis ShowboatsSunday, June 27:00 PMMemphisFOX
Conference ChampionshipTBDTBDSaturday, June 83:00 PMLocation TBAABC
Conference ChampionshipTBDTBDSunday, June 9TBATBAFOX
FinalsTBDTBDSunday, June 16TBATBAFOX

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Jac Collinsworth Out as NBC Voice of Notre Dame Football

NBC will alternate between their new top team of Noah Eagle and Todd Blackledge or Dan Hicks and Jason Garrett, depending on the game.

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According to Andrew Marchand of The Athletic, Jac Collinsworth will no longer serve as the play-by-play voice of Notre Dame football games for NBC. The younger Collinsworth, who graduated from Notre Dame in 2017, served as the lead voice for Fighting Irish football games on NBC for two years.

Marchand says that starting next season, NBC’s team of Noah Eagle and Todd Blackledge will assume number one college football commentator duties. Internally, NBC execs enjoyed the duo’s calls of NFL and Big Ten football games and wanted to “reward” them with a larger stage. However, Marchand confirms that the pair will still call primetime Big Ten games but will be moved to the Notre Dame call if the network feels the Fighting Irish game of the week is a bigger draw.

Fans of Jason Garrett will be happy to know the former Cowboys coach will still be on the call for other Notre Dame games, now alongside longtime NBC voice Dan Hicks.

All is not lost for Collinsworth, though. Jac will still be part of the Football Night in America team and call college football games on Peacock. Collinsworth was also a voice for the network’s USFL coverage but that will no longer be an option following the league’s merger with the XFL.

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Craig Carton Doubles Down On Philadelphia Eagles Report After Adam Schefter Denial

“I texted someone in the organization yesterday, and the text I got back was, ‘None of that ‘S’ happened.’”

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Craig Carton put out a mysterious report surrounding the Philadelphia Eagles that was shot down by prominent ESPN reporter Adam Schefter. Now, Carton, the current FS1 and former WFAN voice has doubled down on his story.

During the Feb. 20 episode of The Carton Show, Carton said that the Eagles’ collapse was due to, “a problem that would splinter any group of men. It is a real significant problem, and it can not be fixed,” but did not go into any sort of detail.

Schefter, ever the journalist, reached out to a source within the Eagles organization, who immediately denounced the story. During an appearance on 97.5 The Fanatic’s The John Kinkaid Show, Schefter said, “I texted someone in the organization yesterday, and the text I got back was, ‘None of that ‘S’ happened.’” Carton immediately started backpedaling via his X account.

Carton also spoke to The New York Post, telling the news outlet, “Considering I never said what the situation was, what exactly are the Eagles denying? I don’t know what the Eagles are denying. Just because the team is denying something and saying it didn’t happen, we should believe them?” The former WFAN host then accuses Schefter of contacting Eagles general manager Howie Roseman and again asks what was being denied because of Carton’s vague original report.

He then retweeted a post from JAKIB Sports reporter Derrick Gunn, saying that there was some internal strife within the Eagles last season. However, nothing Gunn reported seemingly matched the level of dysfunction that Carton speculated.

Today’s episode of The Carton Show also featured Eagles talk, echoing the same sentiments that Carton mentioned to The Post without offering much in the way of news.

Until Carton or another sports media member reveals exactly what went on behind the scenes, Eagles fans will just have to hope for a more positive season in 2024.

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ESPN Broadcast of Rangers-Islanders Stadium Series Game Is Its Most-Viewed NHL Regular Season Game Since 2021

The Stadium Series game between the Rangers and Islanders averaged 1.6 million viewers, the most for a regular season game since the league returned in 2021.

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The NHL on ESPN got a major win under its belt with news that the Sunday, Feb. 18 Stadium Series matchup between the New York Rangers and New York Islanders amassed about 1.6 million viewers, the most for a regular season game since the league returned to the Worldwide Leader in 2021. It was also the most-watched Stadium Series game overall since 2019. The Sunday night broadcast peaked at 2.38 million viewers, an increase of 31 percent vs. last year’s Stadium Series game.

Combined with the Saturday night tilt between the New Jersey Devils and Philadelphia Flyers, both games averaged 1.37 million total viewers and 448,000 viewers in the 18-49 demographic – both figures up 21 percent from last year’s Stadium Series game. Flyers/Devils averaged 1.13 million total viewers and 401,000 viewers in the 18-49 demographic, which was flat and up 8 percent versus last year’s Stadium Series. The game’s audience peaked at 1.38 million viewers.

Like most sports, NHL viewership has gone up this year — both locally and nationally. Local channel viewership figures are up three percent across the board, while NHL viewership on ESPN is up 40 percent compared to last year.

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