CFLPA president Solomon Elimimian ‘decision needs to come fast’ regarding potential season

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CFLPA president Solomon Elimimian recognizes the timeline for a potential 2020 season needs to come soon.

Commissioner Randy Ambrosie has stated the current game plan from the league’s perspective, the earliest the CFL might return to play – for a shortened but meaningful season – is September. Of course, a final decision on whether that will indeed happen depends on what medical and governments officials allow.

“Players want to get back on the field, we want to do it in a safe way. We have not gotten a drop dead date yet. A decision needs to come fast because September and all the things that need to happen, whether it’s the 14-day quarantine period and training camp, dates need to be set,” Elimimian told TSN 1040 radio in Vancouver.

“The conversation has to start happening and those conversations have not happened. On our side we’re telling the CFL we want to have a 2020 season. From speaking to Randy, their side is they’re seeing if it’s economically feasible and how they could carry on a safe 2020 season starting in September.”

The National Hockey League, National Basketball Association, Major League Baseball and other pro leagues are trying to figure out the safest possible ways to put on games in 2020. Elimimian’s union membership would like to play in 2020 if it’s feasible for both sides to do so.

“It’s a challenge for every league right now, they’re still trying to figure out whether it’s basketball, MLB or hockey, it’s still in the works. For sure we want to have those discussions with the CFL and our players want to get back on the field. As things are starting to open up, I think there’s a safe way to do it,” Elimimian said.

“We’ve asked for financial projections of having no fans in the stands and those are things that we need to look at and see how all that would fit in with a shortened season. Those are things we’re hoping to discuss with the CFL.”

The Saskatchewan Roughriders veteran linebacker believes “it would be special to have a 2020 season” amid the pandemic and racial equality movement.