I do not get these personal insults who are the other side of the XFL/CFL consolidation. What is the point? There is none.
The discussion between the leagues is about a consolidation not merger because a merger means that one entity absorbs the other and retains their name. As Dave Naylor has said this is not a merger, we know the new league will not be called XFL or CFL.
Naylor has given the chance of this happening at roughly 50-75%. He has also said the proposal is about full inter-league play using hybrid rules.
No parallel leagues. No smart schedule. No our champion meets your champion. No just exchanging of marketing ideas, players, or whatever as well as other theories that makes almost no dent into the bottom line.
With a new combined league, there is going to be the issue of ownership and a players association. My guess is that there will be individual owners in the US, and that all players except the quarterback will be paid the same base salary and a bonus for wins.
In my opinion, about the only thing the XFL brings is their theoretical clout to obtain a US tv contract. Without that ability, there is nothing worth talking about. In addition to a media rights fee, I believe that consolidation is also dependent on single-game being significant. Along with market size and local support, maybe the gambling status of a state factors into whether there is a team there.
As far as rules goes, I would view that based on perspective of their potential audience for the proposed spring to summer league. They will be targeting people who want to watch & bet on football rather than other sports that are on during those months. That and you have to convince a network to pay for your league. So with that in mind, I would expect the hybrid rules adopted based on if you can categorized them from a US viewer standpoint as being "a good idea; maybe other leagues should adapt that" as oppose to "what the hell was that?"