Sometimes two is better than one. According to a report from ESPN, the XFL and CFL are in talks to collaborate in some way for their upcoming seasons, following their return to the field, following the COVID-19 pandemic.
Canadian Football League commissioner, Randy Ambroise, released the following statement:
“We look forward to seeing what possibilities our discussions might uncover, and to sharing those with our fans as the process unfolds,” Ambrosie said in part.
XFL chairwoman/owner Dany Garcia had the following to say:
“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.”
COVID-19 wreaked havoc on the XFL, as the league canceled its 2020 season after five weeks of games and was put into bankruptcy proceedings by former owner Vince McMahon. However, The Rock purchased the league in October, with plans to resurrect the league in 2022.
The Rock released the following message on his Instagram page:
When you have nothing and you’re scratching and clawing for everything you can get – all in the spirit of making your football dreams come true.
You become the hardest worker in the room.
You will not be denied.
I knew in my heart I was going to make it in the CFL – and parlay that into a very successful career in the NFL.
Maybe even win a Super Bowl…
But neither of those dreams came close to coming true.
Truth is, I just wasn’t good enough and it wasn’t my time.
The CFL sent me home.
I was still grateful to a man who would eventually become a mentor and friend, Wally Buono for even giving me the opportunity.
I had $7 bucks.
But it’s funny how sometimes life comes full circle.
Now I’m back.
Same hungry kid, but much different man.
As an owner of the XFL, our discussions with the CFL have been very exciting. There’s a real pulse here because you can feel the unique opportunity we can potentially create together.
Wherever it all leads, I can tell you this one is personal to me and is driven by all my passion – because me being cut by the CFL was the greatest thing that happened.
It set me on a path that years later would lead me right back to the league.
To help create even greater and bigger opportunities for all our players and all our fans.
As an owner who’s had his hands in the dirt – my loyalty will always lie with the players and fans.
I’ll keep you posted as our XFL/CFL discussions unfold.
Got your back.
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Pat McAfee had his own opinions on the discussions:
We will continue to monitor this story and provide updates as they become available to us.
This is an interesting idea. As a Canadian, I grew up watching the CFL and know what an exciting game that it can be. The CFL has gained a lot of attention from American fans during the summer, before the NFL kicks off their season in the fall. I think that this could work and both parties could benefit from increased exposure to their fan bases.
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