CFL and XFL ‘jointly’ decide not to pursue any formal arrangements ‘at this time’

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The CFL and XFL won’t form a partnership in the immediate future, according to three-down league commissioner Randy Ambrosie.

Our talks with the XFL, exploring the potential for collaboration and innovation, have been positive and constructive.

While we remain open to finding new ways to work together in the future, we and our XFL counterparts have jointly decided to not pursue any formal arrangements at this time.

We at the CFL are now squarely focused on preparing for August 5th and the start of our  2021 regular season, which will culminate December 12 with the playing of the 108th Grey Cup in Hamilton, Ontario. We are looking forward to this year and a bright future for our league. 

In March, the owners from both leagues had agreed to work together to identify opportunities to innovate and grow the game of football. The Rock stated at the time he was excited for the ‘unique opportunity’ the CFL and XFL ‘can potentially create together.’

Ambrosie said in March: “We’re entering into this conversation because we’re looking to be a bigger, more successful CFL. You don’t know where that is going to go. We’re not doing this out of a sense of desperation, we’re doing this because we see it as an opportunity, and that is the fundamental orientation we’re taking into this.”

The most recent incarnation of the XFL lasted just five games before the COVID-19 pandemic put their season on hold, which led to Vince McMahon filing for bankruptcy and selling.

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.

The CFL has been awarding the Grey Cup for over 100 years. Meanwhile, the original XFL lasted one full season in 2001. The 2022 XFL season had been put on hold pending the outcome of the conversations with the Canadian league.

Justin Dunk is a football insider, sports reporter and anchor.