B.C. Lions postpone free agent tryouts in Texas indefinitely amid coronavirus pandemic

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The B.C. Lions have postponed CFL free agent tryouts in Texas indefinitely.

The Lions had scheduled camps in the cities of Austin and Plano on Saturday, March 14 and Sunday, March 15, respectively. Both sessions were supposed to take place at high school fields.

Amid the growing coronavirus pandemic, the Lions have put the workouts on hold. The Lions are the first CFL team to publicly halt talent assessment in any part of the world. Every off-season each of the nine three-down franchises schedules various numbers of free agent camps south of the border for scouting purposes.

As of Thursday morning, The Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention in the United States has confirmed 938 coronavirus cases in America, 92 travel-related. 38 states and the District of Columbia have reported COVID-19 cases, Texas currently has 23.

Meanwhile, the league office stated on Wednesday regional and national combines in Canada would continue as planned.

The CFL values the health and safety of its entire family, including prospects, players, coaches, staff and, of course, our fans. We are consulting other leagues, speaking with medical experts on an ongoing basis, and doing careful and responsible contingency planning.