CFL commish Randy Ambrosie too busy to seriously consider Spring League partnership

Canadian Football League commissioner Randy Ambrosie wants to find a way for his league to play football amid the COVID-19 pandemic, but it won’t include crossover games with The Spring League.

Ambrosie and TSL chief executive officer Brian Woods had a 10-minute phone call on Wednesday, according to The Canadian Press.

Ambrosie added he told Brian Woods, the CEO of The Spring League, that the Canadian league was currently too busy dealing with the various elements of the COVID-19 pandemic to seriously consider a partnership between the two leagues.

Ambrosie said he told Woods he was welcome to send the CFL commissioner a follow-up email. But Ambrosie said he never requested a formal proposal from Woods or expressed interest in his partnership plan. 

TSL began play in 2017 with a vision was to give players an opportunity to be seen against pro calibre talent and potentially earn a contract in the CFL or NFL. All teams utilize one central location, for both practices and games. The league’s unique format affords scouts and front office personnel an opportunity to evaluate players in a real football setting.

The Spring League consists of four teams with each team playing in two games over the course of a three-week season. Its 2020 season took place in Las Vegas, Nevada. TSL also hosts showcases in the summer and fall to provide additional opportunities for players to be evaluated.

51 players from TSL have signed CFL contracts, but the 57-year-old CFL boss is focused on finding solutions for playing football in 2020 on Canadian soil.