“This is the first step towards increasing the CFL’s international footprint and we are happy to take that step with our friends at the LFA,” said Randy Ambrosie, Commissioner of the CFL.
Oscar Perez, Chief Executive Officer of the LFA, added: “As a young and growing league, the LFA looks forward to working with the CFL to grow football in both Mexico and Canada.”
Alejandro Jaimes, Commissioner of the LFA, added: “We have much to learn from a league about to play its 106th championship and we are confident we also have much to offer.”
While not a binding contract, the letter of intent does list projects the leagues are jointly planning, including:
- A CFL scouting combine in Mexico City this winter for LFA players.
- Increased co-operation and sharing of resources.
- The possible playing of CFL games in Mexico in the future.
“There are so many possibilities, including possible Spanish language CFL broadcasts in Mexico, a Spanish version of the CFL’s popular Football Frenzy video game and merchandise agreements,” Ambrosie said.
“Someday, LFA teams may be aligned with CFL counterparts. But we have a lot to work out and learn first. This is a wonderful opportunity to develop a blueprint we can use to also develop positive ties with more of the leagues in the more than 30 other countries that play gridiron football.”
The announcement and a signing ceremony occurred here today in Edmonton where thousands of Canadian football fans are gathering for the CFL’s championship game: the 106th Grey Cup presented by Shaw. It will be played this Sunday, November 25th, 2018 with kick-off scheduled for 4:00 p.m. MT/6:00 p.m. ET in Canada on TSN and RDS.
A special Spanish-language broadcast of TSN’s production of the game will air live on ESPN3 in Mexico. Mexican sportscaster Aaron Soriano will do the play-by-play with Toronto Argonaut player Frank Beltre providing the colour commentary.