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  • Writer's pictureDominic Konareski

New Jersey Generals Become Latest ‘New York’ Football Failure

Updated: Jan 3

Another New York / New Jersey football franchise is defunct. 

The merger of the USFL and XFL only feature eight teams. That’s not eight teams from both leagues, that’s 8 teams total with four teams representing the USFL and four representing the XFL.

New Jersey Generals

The merger is now the cause of a New Jersey team going defunct along with a former New York team. 

The USFL’s New Jersey Generals are going defunct despite being division winners in 2022 with a 9-1 record. The Generals would be eliminated in the division finals with a 19-14 loss against the Philadelphia Stars.

The Generals posted a 3-7 record in 2023 for a franchise record of 12-8 (12-9 including playoffs) under Mike Riley. New Jersey never actually played in New Jersey as originally planned, instead playing their home games in Alabama and Ohio.  

New York Guardians

The New York Guardians shared MetLife Stadium with the New York Giants and Jets. Being part of the XFL reboot of 2020, it was the only season for the Guardians as the COVID-19 pandemic forced the XFL to suspend and cancel the season after just five games.

New York posted a 3-2 record and was on a two-game winning streak at the time of league play being suspended. Their 3-2 record had the Guardians in a three-way tie for first in the XFL’s East Division. 

The New York Guardians franchise didn’t survive the XFL 2.0 revival, and was relocated to Florida to become the Orlando Guardians. The USFL-XFL merger doesn’t have Orlando surviving, making the franchise defunct. 

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