‘They were going to postpone the 2022 start anyway’: Glen Suitor believes the XFL is using the CFL to buy time

Glen Suitor has been doing some sleuthing.

The TSN broadcaster turned online detective to put himself in the shoes of Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and his crew of XFL resurrectionists and in scanning the American coverage of the situation, he’s found a flaw in the logic of CFL media members desperate to assess the talks between the two leagues as laying the groundwork for a merger.

“Some of the people that have done the speculating and have been absolutely convinced that there will be a merger at some point between the two leagues, I think they’re putting a lot of stock in the fact that the XFL postponed their kickoff of the third version of the XFL in 2022,” Suitor explained to Derek Taylor during his weekly Sportscage appearance.

“They’ve pushed on that and because of that postponement they’re saying that this must be real. It must be serious. It must be a merger.”

Not so according to the unapologetic Canadian patriot.

Suitor cited a story by noted XFL journalist Mike Mitchell suggesting that the CFL could play two seasons before joining forces with the XFL in 2023 and further questioned the preparedness of the third incarnation of the twice failed league.

“The XFL wants to start in 2022, which is basically 11 months away, with no football staff, no league, no coaches, no players, no scouting staff, no office staff to even put together scouting departments or anything. The question then becomes is that enough time to even put eight teams on the field?,” Suitor asked rhetorically.

“You step back and you say okay now, when Vince McMahon did XFL 2.0, he spent it’s been reported around $250 million on the setup year and a half a season before it was canceled due to COVID.”

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, Dany Garcia, and RedBird Capital were selected as the winning bidder last August for all of the assets of Alpha Entertainment LLC, the parent company of the XFL. It cost just $15 million and while the goal is to make the XFL a stable league in the future, they haven’t spent anywhere near what McMahon did yet.

Money isn’t the issue there, with RedBird Capital boasting $4 billion in spending power and recently investing $750 million in part ownership of the Boston Red Sox, but throwing resources away without certainty is simply bad business.

“It doesn’t make sense financially, no matter how much wealth you have, to put down  $250-$300 million on ‘maybe it’ll work this time’,” Suitor insisted.

“You take those things into consideration and the timing of this is they weren’t going to start in 2022 anyway.”

The announcement of their postponement, tucked at the end of their CFL press release, could have been many things but Suitor believes it was an excuse and an attempt to save face.

“I think they were going to postpone the 2022 start anyway and now they’re doing it and using the CFL discussion as part of the reason for it,” he summed up.

Ironically given the current state of the league, the XFL is searching for an aura of stability and certainty by talking to the CFL.

While some believe the Canadian league is alone in it’s desperation, Suitor believes its a two way street and he thinks the CFL product will stand on its own in time when placed against any and all competition.

“Let’s just put it on the air and see what people watch, because I guarantee you our ratings when we played in 2019 were fantastic. A million a game,” Suitor said proudly.

“I mean the Grey Cup was averaging four and a half million, the only thing that beats it right now is the Super Bowl and that’s in all programming.”

The CFL has been awarding the Grey Cup for over 100 years. Meanwhile, the original XFL lasted one full season in 2001 and five games in 2020.

You can see why one would want to look more like the other.

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