The XFL and CFL are discussing options to work together as they plan their return to the field after the COVID-19 pandemic, representatives from both leagues confirmed on Wednesday

The statements released by CFL Commissioner Randy Ambrosie and XFL Chair / Owner Dany Garcia did not refer to the possibility of a merger – they indicated that talks are at a very early stage but no limits on depth Put the potential partnership

“We look forward to seeing what opportunities our discussions could uncover and sharing them with our fans as the process progresses,” Ambrosie said in part

While the discussions continue, planning for the 2022 XFL season will be suspended pending the results of the talks with the CFL, according to XFL President and CEO Jeffrey Pollack on Wednesday

“Since we first acquired XFL, we have focused on identifying partners who share our vision and values ​​on and off the field,” said Garcia. “A vision full of opportunity, innovation and the highest entertainment value for the benefit of our athletes, Fans and Communities The CFL has expressed this similar sentiment and together we recognize a great opportunity to build exciting innovative football experiences that make the most of the unique strengths of each league “

The statements have largely framed the discussions regarding their innovation history, and in fact, both leagues exhibit significant deviations from the traditional format used in the NFL and US-based college football Additionally, Garcia has already spoken about making the XFL a global brand

But the CFL in particular has been hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic and could find a financial benefit from shared resources.The CFL canceled its 2020 season after failing to receive $ 30 million in aid from the Canadian government A full schedule has been announced for 2021, slated to begin with pre-season games in late May However, it is unclear how the ongoing pandemic will affect participation in games, which are the main source of income for the league
The XFL canceled its 2020 season after five weeks of play and was embroiled in bankruptcy proceedings from former owner Vince McMahon Garcia and co-owners Dwayne Johnson and RedBird Capital Partners paid $ 15 million for the league last summer


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