Last week the CFL and XFL communities were rocked by the explosive news that the CFL was exploring opportunities for alignment with the new XFL ownership group. On both sides there are fans that love the idea and are worried about how the other league may impact the style of play.
Montreal Alouettes co-owner Gary Stern has since chimed in to give his opinion on the situation. Stern met with Herb Zurkowsky of the Montreal Gazette and had the following to say.
I’m all for talking. If something good comes out of it, fantastic,”
If it doesn’t, we’ll have learned a lot and maybe gotten different ideas on what we can incorporate or do in our own league. Talking never hurt.”
Last year the Canadian government refused to provide a $30 million interest-free loan, the CFL is now looking elsewhere for financial help. Due to COVID-19, the CFL was forced to cancel their 2020 season, which reportedly led to between $60 and $80M in losses. If the 2021 season is in jeopardy, the league is set to loos even more.
The CFL has been around a long time and has an avid group of fans. But it most certainly needs help, as COVID-19 pointed out,” Stern said.
We’re still very early in the discussions, but it seems that there are key figures on both sides that are interested in some type of partnership. If the leagues do come to an agreement, it’s still hard to pin-point on what the partnership will look like.
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