As the news emerged on Wednesday of the CFL’s alignment with the XFL, the reverberation across Canada was immediately evident. Within an hour of the joint statement between the two organizations, both the CFL and The Rock were Top-10 trends on Twitter in Canada.
One of the things I like best about the CFL is that’s it’s Canadian and brings Canadians together especially at Grey Cup time. Are we thinking that if this alignment goes through we will loose our Canadian identity and the league will just be another North American League? I wouldn’t like that all. I could accept that their is a Canadian division and an American division playing some interlocking games with the Canadian division playing for the Grey Cup and the American division playing for their title and then a championship game alternating between Canada and America cities for a grand title. I could live with that.
I admit I’m not a football fan but I’m a CFL football fan. After my initial post I’d did a little research on XFL and discovered it went into bankruptcy dealing with covid, been rescued by Johnson and co., but have no plans for a 2021 season and the 2022 season hinges on the CFL talks. It appears via their website they may not even have any teams so my question now is “why is the CFL even going down this road?”
Those were my thoughts as well. If done right it could be a bonanza for all the teams, and Johnson is arguably one of the biggest stars on the planet. It's the kind of star-power prestige the CFL sorely needs, just as the CFL has prestige (history, the Grey Cup, deep roots in Canada just like Johnson) the XFL needs. There could be a very large pot of media gold at the end of the rainbow if they can make it work, and I believe they can. But in my opinion "making it work" includes keeping 3-down rules and the kicking game. Otherwise many Canadians will see it as an abject failure from the start.
I agree with you about going more Canadian. Living on the west coast we don’t hear much about where the Atlantic franchise sits. We really need that coast to coast reach. What I think the league should do is something like home town hockey. Showcase the league in smaller areas, take some retired players along with a mini grey cup week rolled into a day or two and move around the country. Make it a fun experience for the residents of these smaller areas. Also, no one likes the pre season games rolled into their season ticket package, why not take the game on the road. Don’t need a ton of fans, the game is for the coaches anyways. Make it another fun experience. The more the non cfl cities can get closer to the game, the more their app to watch the games on tv, thus ratings go up and more money for the league and the networks.
I really hope the leagues merge together and we incorporate the 4 downs and a smaller field. As for the rules I'd like to see a mix of both leagues. Finally something new and exciting to talk about in the CFL.
Typical CFL fan who has no vision. Rule changes would not be a disaster. If this adds a whole new generation of fans, fills seats and TV revenue then it's worth it. This is a great move for both leagues.
The last time this happened all of the US teams folded and a lot of players came north to play up here. That's how the CFL got players like Anthony Calvillo who would have NEVER ventured north of the border otherwise.
Don't confuse desperation with proactive. Randy is taking the initiative on this matter,
Randy can still have a full 18 game schedule if the season starts on Canada Day.
Most of those signings were for league minimum, Nobody is signing a Dak Prescott deal with a CFL team.
The CFLPA may have bitched about the talks, but they later came on board in a statement by Elimimian supporting any discussion with the XFL. Meaning he's okay with new members paying dues to fill the union treasury, thus increasing his union salary.
The CFL is in a state of transformation. It's trying to evolve. Let things play out and give them your full support