CFL cancels 2020 season because of pandemic

CFL cancels 2020 season because of pandemic

"Without (federal support), the losses would be so large that they would really hamper our ability to bounce back strongly next year and beyond".

Since the CFL also relies heavily on import players, especially from the United States, time was running out to get about half the league's athletes and other employees into Canada, which has implemented much heavier quarantine restrictions than the US.

"That kind of arrangement would hamper our recovery more than bolster it".

"We need to stop that and work together, be together and understand that it's disappointing that the government wasn't able to help us out, but that's not under our control".

Until Friday, the CFL's loan request was in the hands of the Public Health Agency of Canada.

Ambrosie said the CFL lost C$20 million last season.

The team announced earlier it was losing the name Eskimos following similar moves by North American sports franchises to do away with outdated stereotypical nicknames.

CFL Players Association executive director Brian Ramsay said the CFL ownership should have funded the shortened season.

They say that after months of discussions, the CFL is shifting its focus from 2020 to the 2021 season. That the Liberals instead chose to throw millions around in grants that ended up in a lot of political and family pockets as evidenced by the WE charity fiasco won't be forgotten soon in the heartland of the league in the prairie provinces. No fans were scheduled to be in attendance. This would only be possible with financial support from the federal government after coming to an agreement with the CFLPA and public health authorities.

The league had been working on a plan to begin a shortened season in September with all games and practices to be held in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

The league dropped its ask to about $44 million in the summer as it tried to find a way to grapple with next to no revenue.

Two weeks ago, on August 3, the CFL sent Ottawa a $30-million interest-free loan request.

Despite a national television contract with TSN, the CFL says its number one source of revenue is ticket sales.

The Canadian Football League has made a decision to focus on the 2021 season after it was not able to obtain a loan from the federal government.

The pandemic forced the CFL to postpone training camp in March.

The CFL regular season was originally supposed to start June 11.

The CFL's original plans for Winnipeg were set to act similarly to the NHL'sd bubble model.

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