Last month the football world was rocked by the news that the CFL and XFL were working towards some type of alignment. When the news broke there wasn’t many details. In fact, there still isn’t a lot to go off of. Regardless, many CFL insiders seem to believe that these conversations are heading towards a full blown merger.
Well, just today @CFL_Reddit (r/CFL) tweeted that “The merger IS happening” and that Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment is “hellbent on dragging this league (CFL) into probability”.
This information is supposedly coming from CFL insiders, but we have not confirmed on our end. Interestingly enough, it was just earlier this week that MLSE was behind the possible merger talks between the CFL and XFL.
Regardless, where there’s smoke there’s generally fire. With the news of the leagues talking out in the open, it has led to a lot of speculation on what will happen and how it will work.
In response to a question on the name of the league, r/CFL states that their sources say that the XFL name will not survive the merger.
I've been told from sources that the XFL name won't survive the merger.
— r/CFL on Reddit (@cfl_reddit) April 11, 2021
With the XFL on the sidelines for 2021 and possibly 2022, there’s a lot of new eyes on the CFL product this year. Although the CFL has not commented on the official start date of the season, it’s still slated to take place June 10th. Some think that the CFL may be forced to postpone the start, but the league is still adamant that they will play in 2021.
When we asked if XFL fans will be tuning into the CFL this season, over 50% of the respondents said yes, with a split between no and not sure. Personally, we’re excited to cover the CFL this year and look forward to whatever the CFL and XFL are cooking up. Will you be tuning into the 2021 CFL season? Let us know down in the comments below or join the conversation on Discord.