XFL planning 2023 return after halting partnership talks with CFL

July 7 (UPI) -- The XFL announced Wednesday that it plans to relaunch in 2023 after discussions with the Canadian Football League about a possible collaboration were tabled.

The XFL and CFL said in separate statements that the decision to halt the talks was jointly reached between the football leagues.


"Our talks with the XFL, exploring the potential for collaboration and innovation, have been positive and constructive," the CFL said in a news release. "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."

In a statement to the Sports Business Journal, the XFL added: "While our discussions with the CFL did not ultimately lead to a collaboration, the effort reinforced our belief and commitment to developing the XFL for international spring football. We look forward to seeing everyone for kickoff in spring of 2023."

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The CFL said it expects to begin its 2021 regular season Aug. 5 and stage its championship game -- the Grey Cup -- on Dec. 12 in Hamilton, Ontario.

"We are looking forward to this year and a bright future for our league," the CFL said.

The XFL and CFL confirmed in March that they were exploring options for a potential partnership as they planned their returns to the field after the COVID-19 pandemic caused issues for both leagues.

The CFL was forced to cancel its 2020 season after failing to secure $30 million in aid from the Canadian government.

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The XFL, meanwhile, scrapped its 2020 season after just five weeks of games and was put into bankruptcy proceedings by former owner Vince McMahon.

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