CFL scuttles idea of working relationship with XFL

The CFL announced it will not have a working relationship with the XFL

The idea seemed far-fetched to start with the different rules and field sizes. And on Wednesday, the CFL announced it is no longer pursuing a working relationship with the XFL.

“Our talks with the XFL, exploring the potential for collaboration and innovation, have been positive and constructive. While we remain open to finding new ways to work together in the future, we and our XFL counterparts have jointly decided to not pursue any formal arrangements at this time,” the league said in a statement.

The CFL 2021 season will begin Aug. 5. Its 2020 campaign was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

There was a sort of synergy to the a CFL/XFL partnership as Dwyane Johnson is one of the honchos of the twice-defunct league launched by WWE boss Vince McMahon.

Johnson spent some time in the CFL with the Calgary Stampeders. However, his career took off on other platforms.

“We at the CFL are now squarely focused on preparing for August 5th and the start of our  2021 regular season, which will culminate December 12 with the playing of the 108th Grey Cup in Hamilton, Ontario.

We are looking forward to this year and  a bright future for our league.”

Dwayne Johnson plotting interleague play between XFL and CFL

Dwayne Johnson is a big thinker. The mogul and actor is reported to be working on a plan to blend the XFL and CFL.

A run for President of the United States seems to be on stronger footing for Dwayne Johnson than a reported plan for his XFL and the CFL.

According to Front Office Sports, Johnson — with business partner Dany Garcia — is working to blend the XFL and CFL. That’s not the actual news.

What is would be the possibility of interleague play between the leagues.

Per FOS.com:

Here’s how it could work, a source told Front Office Sports: Both leagues would play their regular seasons — there could be “interleague” games, similar to MLB — and once the respective XFL and CFL champions are crowned, they’d face off in an interleague championship game.

There could also be an “All-Star Game” pitting players from both leagues. The long-term objective: the merger of the two pro football leagues.

Not quite sure what the football fans North of the border are going to think of such an idea given the history of the Grey Cup, which dates to 1909.

FOS was unable to get a comment out of either the XFL or CFL.

The CFL just missed a year due to the pandemic. The XFL made it through five weeks in its second run before Vince McMahon declared bankruptcy for the league, which lasted one year in its first incarnation in 2001.

 

XFL, CFL discussing working together

Could the XFL and CFL wind up going into business together? Sounds like it is a realistic possibility.

It figured Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s time in the CFL would pay off one day.

The actor, mogul, former WWE star, and football player was once a Calgary Stampeder for a couple of months. It didn’t work out too well and as the well-known story goes Johnson had seven bucks to his name after being cut.

Fast forward to 2021 and on Wednesday, it was announced the CFL and third-time fledgling XFL are discussing a business arrangement for the 2022 season.

XFL chairwoman/owner Dany Garcia, Johnson’s business partner, weighed in, too.

“Since we first acquired the XFL, we have focused on identifying partners who share our vision and values on and off the field,” Garcia said. “A vision filled with opportunity, innovation and the highest level of entertainment value for the benefit of our athletes, fans and communities. The CFL has expressed that similar sentiment and jointly we recognize a great opportunity to build exciting innovative football experiences that make the most of each league’s unique strengths.”

Both leagues saw their 2020 seasons wrecked by the COVID-19 pandemic. The CFL canceled its entire campaign while the XFL, run by Vince McMahon, got through five weeks before the WWE boss filed for bankruptcy and shut things down due to the pandemic.

 

 

Watch: Guess who is serving as an assistant coach at Okahoma?

The winningest coach in Oklahoma history is back with the program for this week, at least

Not that Oklahoma needs any help against Baylor on Saturday, but the Sooners’ staff is getting a boost from a legendary coach with plenty of ties to the program.

Most recently an XFL coach with the Dallas team in the short-lived league, Bob Stoops is taking time to work with the team he coached to glory for

Per Soonerswire:

Oklahoma is able to have Stoops in this role since he has stayed on at the university as an “institutional staff member” even after he retired as the head football coach. Theoretically, he could help coach a game if he was needed.

Stoops is filling in as some coaches on Lincoln Riley’s staff are out with COVID-19 issues.

Stoops is the winningest coach in Oklahoma history.  Stoops (190) surpassed Barry Switzer in 2013. Stoops led the Sooners to a school-record of 18 consecutive bowl berths and 10 Big 12 titles.

The Rock announces that finally, the XFL will come back in 2022

XFL BACK (again)!

The XFL 1.0 was a spectacle that lasted all of one season.

XFL 2.0 was a lot of fun with cool trick plays, PJ Walker’s breakout, hard seltzer celebrations and incredible in-game interviews. But it didn’t even last for a full season that was cut short by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Thanks to Dwayne Johnson (yes, The Rock) and a group of new owners, we’re now about to get XFL 3.0

The movie star and former WWE star dropped a sizzle reel on Twitter Thursday morning that he narrated, along with the announcement that the XFL would be back in the Spring of 2022. It’s pretty awesome:

Some fan reaction:

I, for one, am THRILLED. The XFL was a fun post-NFL season version of football that felt looser and quirkier, but not so much so that it took away from the product on the field. I hope Johnson and the new owners don’t tweak too much.

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Watch: Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson posts hype video saying XFL will return in 2022

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson says the XFL is returning in 2022.

Maybe the third time will be the charm for the XFL.

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, one of the primary owners of the league, announced via a hype video the league will return for the 2022 season.

THE XFL RETURNS SPRING 2022 🏈

As owners, we’re proud to champion our XFL players, coaches, cities and fans into an electrifying 2022 season!

I’m so inspired to put in the work because football always represented an opportunity to me.
Opportunity to take care of my family.
And even though my dreams of playing pro football never came true – I’m in the exciting and humbling position to create opportunities for players so their dreams can come true.

It’s an uphill battle – but we’re hungry, humble and no one will outwork us.

A league of culture, passion & purpose ✊🏾

We are the XFL and we’re back spring 2022!

For the uninitiated, the XFL was the brainchild of Vince McMahon and launched in 2001. It lasted one season, debuting to major ratings — for a week — before the TV audience shriveled and the games turned into a WWE sideshow/circus.

Never one to give up. McMahon decided to give it another try. He hired Oliver Luck as Commissioner. Luck put together a strong management team and the league launched after a long prep period. There were many innovations, including a savvy, safer kickoff, sideline interviews of players and coaches during the game and various PAT options.

However, the pandemic hit and McMahon shut the league down … and declared bankruptcy. The Rock, his business partner Dany Garcia, and Redbird Capital won ownership rights and the question became what would be next.

We know now what The Rock and his business partners are cooking up with the XFL.

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, family all test positive for COVID-19

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and his entire family have tested positive for COVID-19.

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson announced Wednesday his wife, daughters, and himself have tested positive for COVID-19.

The business mogul, superstar actor, and co-owner of the XFL released the information via a long Instagram post.

My message to all of you around the 🌎

Stay disciplined.
Boost your immune system.
Commit to wellness.
Wear your mask.
Protect your family.
Be strict about having people over your house or gatherings.
Stay positive.
And care for your fellow human beings.

Stay healthy, my friends.

What did Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson add to his office collection?

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has a new set of XFL helmets in his office.

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson played football at Miami and a run in the CFL before turning to sports entertainment.

He’s a full-fledged mogul and megastar now and he has some new pieces for his office collection.

Surround the $7 dollars Johnson has to always remind him of how much money he had left at one time, now the co-owner of the XFL with business partners Dany Garcia and RedBird Capital Partners, has all the helmets from the league’s teams being showcased.

And what did he have to say about football and memories?

My XFL helmets arrived to my office and (holy shit!) I’m humbled and grateful at how full circle life can sometimes be 🙏🏾🏈
My dreams of playing in the NFL never came true, but now years later – I have the honor of buying an entire pro football league so the dreams of other players CAN COME TRUE.
My trailblazing partner @danygarciaco (first woman ever to own an entire US sports league) and #GerryCardinale are passionate football owners who are committed to the grind to deliver awesome football for the fans — and always take care of our hard working, talented players.
And finally, I keep a framed $7 BUCKS (the amount of money I had when I was cut from the Canadian Football League in 1995) on the top shelf here as my daily reminder to stay hungry, humble and always be the hardest worker in the room.
#LeagueOfCulture
#LeagueOfExpression
#LeagueOfPassion
#LeagueOfThePeople
#XFL 🏈

 

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My XFL helmets arrived to my office and (holy shit!) I’m humbled and grateful at how full circle life can sometimes be 🙏🏾🏈 My dreams of playing in the NFL never came true, but now years later – I have the honor of buying an entire pro football league so the dreams of other players CAN COME TRUE. My trailblazing partner @danygarciaco (first woman ever to own an entire US sports league) and #GerryCardinale are passionate football owners who are committed to the grind to deliver awesome football for the fans — and always take care of our hard working, talented players. And finally, I keep a framed $7 BUCKS (the amount of money I had when I was cut from the Canadian Football League in 1995) on the top shelf here as my daily reminder to stay hungry, humble and always be the hardest worker in the room. #LeagueOfCulture #LeagueOfExpression #LeagueOfPassion #LeagueOfThePeople #XFL 🏈

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Former Saints, XFL defensive back Deatrick Nichols has a new team

The Miami Dolphins added defensive back Deatrick Nichols, formerly of the New Orleans Saints and the XFL’s Houston Roughnecks.

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Another player released by the New Orleans Saints in their opening wave of roster cuts has found a new squad: defensive back Deatrick Nichols, who will join the Miami Dolphins. The move was announced by Nichols’ representatives at Agency 1 Sports Group and the Dolphins on Twitter.

Nichols starred for the short-lived XFL’s Houston Roughnecks earlier this year, pacing the upstart league with three interceptions in five games. When the XFL shuttered its 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Nichols landed with the Saints. But he didn’t get a fair shake in training camp, having been released weeks before practices began in earnest.

Now he has a new opportunity with the Dolphins, playing in his Miami hometown. But he’ll have to seriously impress in training camp to crack their opening-day roster: the Dolphins boast one of the best three-deep depth charts at cornerback around the league between Xavien Howard, splashy free agent signing Byron Jones, and first-round draft pick Noah Igbinoghene.

He’ll join backup nose tackle Taylor Stallworth as the second player released by the Saints this month to land on his feet. Stallworth accepted an offer with the Indianapolis Colts after being courted by half a dozen teams in free agency.

From a purely analytical perspective, it’s a shame that the Saints weren’t able to trade either player for a late-round draft pick if there was so much interest in their services; but it’s in the players’ interest to decide their own future and choose the best option for them. Hopefully it works out for them.

 


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Matt Leinart wants to get back under center in the XFL

Former USC Trojans quarterback Matt Leinart indicated he wants to play in the XFL in 2021 by tagging Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson on Twitter.

Former USC Trojans quarterback Matt Leinart has not thrown a football in an NFL game since he was a 29-year-old backup quarterback for the Raiders in 2012, but that doesn’t mean the now 37-year-old broadcaster for FS1 isn’t still itching to get back on the field.

On Thursday afternoon, Leinart tweeted “I want to play in the @xfl2020” before tagging @TheRock, the Twitter handle for actor and former wrestler Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, who recently helped purchase the now-defunct XFL for $15 million, just before it went to auction.

The XFL found success in their first season after returning from a 19-year hiatus, but the COVID-19 pandemic ended up cancelling their season after just five games – and a lack of financial savings forced owner Vince McMahon to fold the league.

While it looks on the surface like the 2020 version of the XFL went the same as it did in 2001, folding after one year, this version seemed to gain some traction, thanks to new rules, increased interaction with fans, and of course the attempt to get some big name former college and NFL players to suit up.

Leinart may be far removed from his actual playing days, and who knows how serious he is about suiting up if and when the XFL gets going again, but you can bet it would bring in a lot of viewers if he gave it another shot – and for a league that needs some fans, this could be a great recipe for success.

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