The XFL released an official statement describing that they have ended discussions on a possible merger with the Canadian Football League, but intend on returning operations in the spring of 2023 after shutting down in April of last year.
“While our discussions with the CFL did not ultimately lead to a collaboration, the effort reinforced our belief and commitment to developing the XFL for international spring football. We look forward to seeing everyone for kickoff in spring of 2023,” announced the XFL, via Ben Fischer.
The CFL also mentioned in a statement that they will “remain open” to collaborating with the XFL but are shifting focus to its regular season in August.
“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,” wrote the CFL, via its official site.
- Tom Pelissero notes that the NFL’s restrictions on unvaccinated coaches and staff members have become “even more substantial” given they won’t be eligible for Tier 1 or 2 status and subsequently ruled ineligible to work directly with players.
- Pelissero mentions that “virtually all” of the league’s Tier 1 and Tier 2 personnel members are currently vaccinated.
- Pelissero also notes that five teams have 85 percent of their players with at least one vaccination, while 68 percent of the league’s athletes have at least one shot.