CFL commish Randy Ambrosie scheduled to be heard by Canada’s finance committee

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CFL commissioner Randy Ambrosie will state the league’s case for federal government assistance amid the COVID-19 pandemic on Thursday evening.

Ambrosie is scheduled to be heard by the standing committee on finance between 5-7 p.m. eastern time in Ottawa as part of the panel of arts, culture and sports organizations. He will appear via videoconference with the powers that be in the nation’s capital.

The mandate of FINA is to study and report on all matters relating to the mandate, management and operation of selected federal departments and agencies, including the Department of Finance and the Canada Revenue Agency, and to conduct pre-budget consultations.

The CFL asked the Canadian government for up to $150 million due to the coronavirus ramifications on the league and its finances. If there is no season in 2020, it’s estimated the CFL could lose approximately $100 million. The 2020 CFL regular season was scheduled to kick-off on Thursday, June 11, but Ambrosie has stated the schedule won’t start before the beginning of July.

Sportsnet’s Arash Madani reportsbehind the scenes the league’s latest lobbying efforts have been to focus on Members of Parliament with positive connections to the league.