Roughriders quarterback Cody Fajardo against potential CFL merger with XFL

Saskatchewan Roughriders quarterback Cody Fajardo is against the idea of a merger between the CFL and XFL.

In March, the two leagues announced that they are in talks to explore the potential for alignment.

“You read the XFL-CFL merger news and none of us players even knew anything about it. That kind of just came out of left field. You’re scrambling being asked questions about the XFL-CFL merger, and I don’t even know if we’re going to play a season, let alone a merger,” Fajardo told Nevada Sportsnet.

“I think it dilutes the CFL without a doubt. There’s a lot of logistical things that people don’t really think about. You have to think about the rule changes. You have to think about the Canadian ratio. You have to think of the currency the players get paid in. You have to think about going across the border for games and back.”

Dwayne Johnson, Dany Garcia and RedBird Capital were selected as the winning bidders last August for all of the assets of Alpha Entertainment LLC, the parent company of the XFL. It cost $15 million and the goal is to make the XFL a stable league in the future.

“To have ‘The Rock’ as one of partners is probably a good place to be. He understands it, he’s gone through it and from what I’ve read about what he’s been saying, he cares a lot about the fans and the players, so I could see him making it a very player-friendly league if that were to happen,” Fajardo said.

The CFL has been awarding the Grey Cup for over 100 years. Meanwhile, the original XFL lasted one full season in 2001. The XFL lasted just part of one season before the COVID-19 pandemic put their season on hold, which led to Vince McMahon filing for bankruptcy and selling to Johnson and Garcia.

“The best-case scenario that I think would work is keeping the CFL game the same, keeping the XFL game the same and now the winner of the CFL and the winner of the XFL play each other in kind of a league versus league championship, and it alternates each year,” Fajardo said.

“One year you have to play the CFL rules, one year you have to play the XFL rules. I just think logistically that’s a lot of work to put in to figure out what’s going to stay and what’s going to change to merge a U.S. football league to a Canadian Football League.”

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