XFL, CFL Chatting About Partnership For 2022

Dwayne Johnson usually doesn't take 'no' for an answer, and the new owner of the XFL is now speaking out about trying to establish a partnership with the CFL.

The potential partnership is not the biggest news, but what is new is the two leagues doing interleague play, which could benefit both sides.

According to Front Office Sports, Johnson and ex-wife business partner Dany Garcia have been working behind the scenes to see whether the two sides can come to a deal.

FOS reports that both leagues would play their normal regular seasons, and just like in Major League Baseball where interleague play has been ongoing for years, the two leagues would play “interleague” games and possibly even an All-Star Game.

The CFL just missed wrapping up a year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The XFL made it through five weeks in its second run before then-owner Vince McMahon declared bankruptcy for the league. It lasted one year in its first incarnation back in 2001.

“Since we first acquired the XFL, we have focused on identifying partners who share our vision and values on and off the field,” Garcia said.

“A vision filled with opportunity, innovation and the highest level of entertainment value for the benefit of our athletes, fans and communities.

"The CFL has expressed that similar sentiment and jointly we recognize a great opportunity to build exciting innovative football experiences that make the most of each league’s unique strengths.”

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