CFL Players’ Association executive director Brian Ramsay wants to set the record straight.
Commissioner Randy Ambrosie told TSN: “It’s been a challenge in part because until we know what we are able to do … bringing the players in — I’ve been talking with Brian Ramsay and Solomon [Elimimian] quite regularly,” Ambrosie said.
“Whatever we ultimately determine is within the realm of possible, we’re going to have to have the players to be part of that. We’ve exchanged ideas on what might have to happen in our CBA for 2020 in order to accommodate a hybrid season.”
The National Hockey League, National Basketball Association, Major League Baseball and other pro leagues along with their players’ associations are trying to figure out the safest possible ways to put on games. It doesn’t appear the CFL is doing the same with its most important people: the athletes.
“I want to be clear in response to Mr. Ambrosie’s comments during a recent interview. The CFLPA has not received concrete ideas regarding a 2020 collective agreement from the CFL, as promised, nor concrete direction about opportunities for a 2020 season. I am dismayed that the CFL has stated otherwise,” Ramsay wrote.
“This is about the lives of CFL players and their families. It remains obvious that there is much work to be done in strengthening the relationship between the CFLPA and CFL. We will continue to talk with our members while we wait for information from the CFL – as we have for the past 10-plus weeks.”
Ambrosie has stated the earliest the CFL might return to play is September. However, the time frame is shrinking and it appears everyone else knows it but the man leading the league.