As an American football fan, I have recently started to watch the CFL religiously. I have adopted the REDBLACKS as my favorite team. I love the uniforms and overall team name concept.
This past sunday, rather than watch the current slate of NFL games on Sunday or check on my fantasy team. I watched the eastern and western finals on ESPN.
The whole 3 down deal and two 50 yard lines threw me off for awhile but after being just a casual CFL fan, I am hooked now and love the league. It’s more wide open and fast paced than the NFL game. I also like CFL’s replay challenge on penalties. Lord knows the NFL refs botch penalty calls on a frequent basis. I like that the CFL coaches can actually challenge a penalty.
It’s amazing how long the CFL has been around, their loyal fan bases and how resilient the league has been through the years.
That brings me to this topic. I was wondering what CFL fans think of the launch of the Alliance of American Football in February of 2019 and the eventual launch of the XFL in 2020.
I know that the CFL has been through this before. Opposing leagues in the states who have attempted to pouch the CFL for talent like the Arena League and the original XFL back in 2001.
I recently heard an interview with The XFL’s commissioner Oliver Luck. He revealed their new league’s pay scale tiers for their players.
The top tier players are slated to receive 250k to 300k a season, not including weekly win bonuses. The second tier players are slated to receive 150k to 175k a season. This dwarfs all the reports of what the standard AAF player is slated to make. Their league is making players sign 3 year contracts averaging about 75k a season.
If The XFL’s salary pay scale is accurate. Could they target some of the CFL’s better players who are slated to become free agents in the spring. I know that the CBA could be an issue with the CFL this coming spring.
300k a season American not counting bonuses may not be enough to pry away someone like a Bo Levi Mitchell but for some players moving to the states and only playing 10 games might entice them. I have a feeling that the XFL is going to adopt some aspects of the CFL like the shorter pay clocks. They have mentioned a 25 second play clock and Doug Flutie is a part of their committee. It makes me think that they would be looking for some coaches with a CFL background like a Marc Trestman and be looking for CFL qb’s who have experienced playing in a fast paced offense.