Commissioner Randy Ambrosie doesn’t have a do-or-die decision day for a potential CFL season in 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We’re not at a point yet where we’ve got a date in mind that we’ve gotta call this,” Ambrosie told TSN’s Rod Smith.
“We have talked about that and the fact is that every time we talk about it the problem we run into is there is still missing pieces of information.”
Ambrosie and the league office have been modeling possible scenarios for playing games, however, there is still no finalized plan. Many ideas have been discussed by the commissioner, his team, and the board of governors and presidents, although there isn’t a concrete direction.
“Right now I can’t say that I’ve got one that trumps the others because frankly we’ve got a lot of work being done. There are some interesting scenarios, we’ve gotta run them to ground,” Ambrosie said.
“We’re trying to narrow down the field to one or two that look most appealing. Once we’ve got a sense what is within the realm of possible, then sit face-to-face with our partners and see if we can’t scope out a way to get it done together.”
Ambrosie has stated 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 how medical and government officials respond to whatever final plan is developed.
“It’s been a challenge in part because until we know what we are able to do… bringing the players in — 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,” Ambrosie said.
“I am optimistic that we are going to find a way to play this season, of course that’s our desire — everyone would like to see us play football. We are looking hard at a number of scenarios, trying to narrow it to one or two that are the most likely, that’s our focus right now.”