Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corporation cuts pay for Stampeders’ employees

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The Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corporation has let Stampeders employees know they will be taking pay cuts.

The ownership group was founded in 1980 as the Calgary Flames Limited Partnership. After the CFLP acquired the Calgary Hitmen of the Western Hockey League, Calgary Roughnecks of the National Lacrosse League, Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League, and the Stockton Heat of the American Hockey League, it turned into the CSEC in 2012.

The CSEC is privately owned by the majority of people who came together to form the CFLP. Norman Murray Edwards is the chair of the group. Originally, the CSEC was not going to pay event staff for remaining games on the Flames, Hitmen and Roughnecks schedules, but the ownership reversed course after players started a GoFundMe page for the affected workers.

We may not get everything right, out of the gate, but we can assure you that we will continue to work hard to do what is right for all of our Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corporation family,” president and CEO John Bean said in a statement

The COVID-19 pandemic is continuing to cause great uncertainly for everyone. We continue to monitor the situation and evaluate any and all options that we may be able to undertake to help us navigate this very fluid situation. 

The Stampeders are run smartly by president and general manager John Hufnagel. However, if TSN’s Farhan Lalji’s report holds true, Hufnagel, head coach Dave Dickenson and all the men working under them will feel the pinch.