The XFL announced Wednesday that it plans to relaunch in 2023 after scheduling talks with the Canadian Football League about cooperation between the two leagues.
The XFL and CFL said in separate statements that the decision was reached jointly between the leagues.
“Our conversations with XFL, to explore 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 not to pursue any formal arrangements at this time.”
Following the announcement of the CFL, the XFL announced on its website that it will return in 2023 and not next year as previously announced.
“While our discussions with the Canadian Football League did not ultimately lead to collaboration, this effort has further cemented our belief and commitment to developing the XFL for international spring football. We look forward to seeing everyone take off in the spring of 2023,” He said in a statement to the “Sports Business Journal”.
The Premier League said it is scheduled to open the 2021 regular season on August 5 and hold its championship game, the Gray Cup, on December 12 in Hamilton, Ontario.
“We are looking forward to this year and a bright future for our league,” the league said in the statement.
The CFL and XFL confirmed in March that they were discussing potential partnership options while planning their return to the field after the COVID-19 pandemic.
The CFL canceled the 2020 season after failing to secure $30 million in aid from the Canadian government.
The XFL canceled its 2020 season after five weeks of games and was placed in bankruptcy proceedings by former owner Vince McMahon. Danny Garcia and fellow owners Dwayne Johnson and Redbird Capital Partners paid $15 million to the league last summer.
ESPN’s Kevin Seifert contributed to this report.