XFL And CFL May Partner Up In Future

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With a number of football leagues popping up all over the place across the USA, the XFL dropped a bombshell on Wednesday: they may join forces with the CFL (Canadian Football League).

Both sides issued multiple statements on Wednesday, as the two parties try to come to an agreement prior to the XFL’s first game back on the field in 2022.

“We look forward to seeing what possibilities our discussions might uncover, and to sharing those with our fans as the process unfolds,” CFL commissioner Randy Ambrosie said as part of a statement.

XFL chairwoman/owner and ex-wife of league owner Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Dany Garcia, did not reference the possibility of a merger.

She did mention that talks right now between the CFL and XFL are in the very early stages, and it sounds like it’s going to take quite a while for the two sides to come to a deal, if they come to one at all.

Right now the CFL is hopeful that they can start their 2021 preseason in May, with games kicking off in June.

The XFL will not play in 2021, and the league has placed itself “on hold” as they look at all options before teams take the field for the 2022 campaign.

Written by Matt Loede

Matt has been a part of the Cleveland Sports landscape working in the media since 1994 when he graduated from broadcasting school. His coverage beats include the Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Cavaliers. He's written three books, and won the "2020 AP Sports Stringer Lifetime Service Award."


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  1. The CFL can be fun to watch, but I am not certain what they bring to the party here. The league’s finances have long been a mess, and attendance is weak in major Canadian markets such as Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver. The CFL also failed miserably when they tried to expand into the US back in 1993-1995.

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