The CFL and XFL are exploring options for a potential partnership.
On Wednesday, the Canadian Football League and XFL owners Dany Garcia, Dwayne Johnson, and RedBird Capital announced that they are discussing opportunities for collaboration on how to “grow the game of football.” CFL commissioner Randy Ambrosie said in a statement: “Canada has an exciting game and devoted fans, and our discussion with the XFL provides a tremendous opportunity to build on that strong foundation.”
Both organizations took to social media to acknowledge the working relationship.
An update from ownership. #XFL
— XFL (@XFL2022) March 10, 2021
In case you didn't hear 👇 https://t.co/4nwnGyOSod
— CFL (@CFL) March 10, 2021
The Rock recently became apart of the ownership of the XFL and he is a former player in the CFL. The fans took to the announcement with reactions such as below.
The CFL has survived 62 years without playing as a "minor league" to the NFL. Even the NFL couldn't create and sustain it's own minor league system with NFL Europe
— WillyB (@WillyBWilliams3) March 10, 2021
Rock on his Facebook 'fan questions' face time had stated after the purchase that XFL would consider work with the CFL to create a true North American Football League.
This is something Rock would know.
Canadians love CFL but we need more Viewers but we only have 35m citizens
— billy mitton (@ForeignObjects3) March 10, 2021
Fields are different sizes, 3 downs vs 4 downs, 11 men vs 12 men, 1 lines up a yard off the ball on D the other is on the line. That’s just off the top of my head for rule differences. Player development yes, fan engagement yes, sponsors yes all things that can align and work.
— ☀️Tėrry Mâssëy™ ☀️☕️ (@TerryMassey) March 10, 2021