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What Does The CFL Shutdown Mean For The XFL?

The Canadian Football League is shuttering its doors for the 2020 season due to COVID, and has told its players to seek employment elsewhere. This means that some 400 players will be looking to get on the field, and the XFL is a very real possibility for the best of them.

Last year, we saw CFL stars SJ Green, Armanti Edwards, and Derek Dennis make the jump to the XFL in time for the 2020 season. Between them, they have 5 Grey Cup Wins, alongside 3 CFL and 11 Conference All-Star appearances.

If some of the Canada’s most decorated veterans were willing to come play for the XFL back then, the movement should be even stronger now without a CFL season to look forward to.

We’re still all hoping the XFL will resign its available 2020 rosters, but an infusion of talent from Canada would go a long way to improving the league’s level of play and visibility.

Along with the NCAA cancellations, opportunities for football players are shrinking, and the XFL is back just in time. If the league plays this off right, we could see big boosts to the talent pool in the form of CFL vets, and young hopefuls from the collegiate level who want to boost their draft stock.

Matt Nagashima is a Sports Writer for XFL News Hub. Born in Denver and raised on the John Elway Super Bowl tapes, he has been following the game since he was a kid. He studied at Colorado State University and graduated with a Degree in History and Creative Writing. Writing about football is his forte, but he's also been published twice in literary journals and continues to build his portfolio



  1. Kyle

    August 17, 2020 at 6:37 pm


  2. Sam Just

    August 18, 2020 at 2:03 am

    While I hope you’re right, XFL already shut down for their 2020 season, so these CFL and collegiate players wouldnt have a chance to play again until spring of 2021. So how much of a boost will they really see?

  3. TheWaspNest

    August 18, 2020 at 10:59 am

    The market for possible players will be flooded soon enough, even more so than now. I just do not see the NFL with its current format, surviving till the Superbowl. By week 2 there will be players out of action with Covid, most likely those who’s grounds are still going to permit 1000s of fans.
    A small isolated bubble in say February for the XFL would be incredible. Make it solely for tv with no fans and some of the best players in the world from the NCAA, CFL and those dropped at the start of the NFL season (and maybe more).

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