Toronto Argonauts could land in the XFL, eventually

CFL: SEP 07 Toronto Argonauts at Ottawa RedBlacks
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The announcement that the CFL and the XFL have ceased talks at a possible collaboration does not mean that the two leagues will do no business whatsoever.

Via Dan Ralph of the Canadian Press, lingering questions regarding the CFL’s Toronto Argonauts include the possibility that the Argonauts will join the XFL when it returns, as scheduled, in 2023.

Maple Leafs Sports & Entertainment owns the Argonauts, a team that has existed for 148 years. MLSE became the primary catalyst for the XFL conversations, as a way to rectify franchise operating losses of $12 million per year.

A sale of the team could happen, too. Or it could sit out the 2022 season and resurface as part of the XFL.

Regardless, as the CFL prepares to return after a lost season due to the pandemic, it could be losing a team to the XFL, in time.

7 responses to “Toronto Argonauts could land in the XFL, eventually

  1. Love it. Hopefully there will be more cooperation between the two leagues. If the NFL was smart they’d make these officially their minor leagues. The XFL should concentrate on mid-sized cities and those with no NFL teams. These leagues would be so inexpensive to run for the ultra rich NFL and could really help them with player development.

  2. I do not know why the CFL struggles. It is a pretty exciting product. While it is different than the NFL in rules and such the style of play is very exciting. I just don’t understand why the league is always in a financial picadillo.

  3. Only really makes sense if they’re moving from Toronto. That city doesn’t support football.

    “I do not know why the CFL struggles. It is a pretty exciting product. While it is different than the NFL in rules and such the style of play is very exciting. I just don’t understand why the league is always in a financial picadillo.”

    It’s a gate-driven league, and half the league is successful and supported by fans and the other half gets poor attendance so they’re always dragging down the others (but the CFL can’t really operate with LESS teams so they keep them around)

  4. as a Torontoian and long time fan of the Argos … for those who don’t know our city is the most “american” like in Canada aside from being its largest too … the problem is basically this we look at the CFL as basically minor league compared to the NLF thus attendance the last 4-5 years of not winning anything is about 15,000 max with most often way less than that … or simply put if you win the fans come out .. if not … well u know the rest … sure the game is different and can be more exciting, but that seems to fall to the wayside, the best bet for everyone may be for the Argos to leave the CFL as the strength of the league has always been out west and in the smaller cities much like Green Bay, so this may be a good idea going forward and best solution going forward assuming the XFL actually takes place and can prove to be financially viable … cause the Argos in their present position certainly for the last decade sadly have not, but being owned by a mega corp who can wait it out for be best solution that presents itself for all concerned

  5. pyorrhealadensmile says:
    July 9, 2021 at 1:27 pm

    I do not know why the CFL struggles. It is a pretty exciting product. While it is different than the NFL in rules and such the style of play is very exciting. I just don’t understand why the league is always in a financial picadillo.

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    Despite certain teams (Toronto) being owned & being owned & operated by corporate conglomerates, the CFL doesn’t have the gobs of network TV money to give it a financial cushion. They’ve operated on the margins for years.

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