Once CFL free agency kicked off this week, it's been quite the game of musical chairs for more players than I had thought between the XFL 3.5, USFL 2.0, and CFL.
It is as if free agency was declared for all leagues not merely the CFL.
But the CFL, as we had commented in various threads months ago as well, needs to shore up more of these players with CFL experience by revising the terms of its contracts so as to have more capability to retain these players, including those who want to take their NFL shot with so few succeeding to crack an active roster and even fewer playing regularly.
Article by Daniel Kaplan and Bill Shea in the Athletic from Thursday said ESPN is paying the XFL no media rights fee.
Personally, I do not understand why some people are still worried about the CFL is "selling out" to the XFL. XFL was unable to show the money in 2021, and it is unlikely to ever provide a deal to the CFL that is rich enough for them to join together as equal partners.
So the XFL is not getting any ESPN Money? The XFL is just getting ticket sales to run on? This is the AAF all over again if there is Zero TV money going to the XFL. The USFL has won this war if that is the case - there is no way there is enough money in ticket sales to prop up the XFL for more than season one.
The rights of lack thereof were never officially confirmed. A separate article in The Atlantic last year said the league would get money upfront. Even if it's a 50/50 ad split, if ESPN sells $60 million of advertising the league still gets $30 million. Also, genius has officially partnered with the XFL. Things may make you go hmmm.
Basically a "prove it" type of deal. While it's no secret I'm a spring football fan, I try to be a realist and non-apologist as well. I think the league needs to crawl before it can jog, then jog before it can run. No, the networks should not be shelling out big $$$ to an unproven entity. If they could maintain good ratings for season 1, see a small increase for season 2, and more sustained growth by season 3, then I'd expect something along the lines of $30-50 million a season.
So far.......meh. I'm torn between wanting this league to make it, if for any reason it would be for the players but I take issue with Duane Johnson,
ever since he dissed the CFL at a WWE event. Can't shake that grudge:(