XFL’s 2022 Season Put on Hold

Fans of the XFL have awaited news on the spring football league, and today they got some. News broke Wednesday afternoon that the XFL and the CFL would be putting forth a collaborative effort in order to grow both leagues. The official statement from the XFL reads:

(Via @XFL2022 on Twitter)

While full details of the collaboration are unknown at this time, it appears these two football leagues will be working with one another for the foreseeable future. With these talks ongoing, and a deadline rapidly approaching as we inch closer to the 2022 season, the XFL has also announced it has put any plans of that season on a hold for the time being:

(Via @XFL2022 on Twitter)

XFL’s Chairwoman and Owner Danny Garcia had this to say regarding the collaboration:

“Since we first acquired the XFL, we have focused on identifying partners who share our vision and values on and off the field. A vision filled with opportunity, innovation and the highest level of entertainment value for the benefit of our athletes, fans and communities. The CFL 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. I look forward to our continued discussions and we will update the sports community as we have more to share.”

Statement from Jeffrey Pollack, XFL President and CEO:

“We are honored and excited to be in discussions with the CFL. It’s clear through our early conversations that we share a passion for football, an expansive sense of possibility, and a deep desire to create more opportunity for players and fans across North America and around the world. Blending the CFL’s rich heritage with our fresh thinking, and the unique reach and experience of our ownership, could be transformative for the game. We look forward to learning more about what’s possible together with the CFL and where our shared passion takes us.”

Lastly, here’s the official statement from Randy Ambrosie, CFL Commissioner:

“Canada has an exciting game and devoted fans, and our discussion with the XFL provides a tremendous opportunity to build on that strong foundation. We look forward to exploring how we might work with one of the most innovative sports brands in the world to grow the game, engage fans in new ways, and reach new audiences. We look forward to seeing what possibilities our discussions might uncover, and to sharing those with our fans as the process unfolds.”

All in all, this may not have been the news fans of the XFL were expecting. Nonetheless, the news that two football leagues working together to provide the best product possible is refreshing and exciting. Could we see crossover between players in both leagues? Perhaps a championship game featuring each leagues best team? Something even bigger? Only time will tell what each league, and this potential partnership, has to offer to the game of professional football.

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