CFL waiting for science which could lead to favourable financial model for 2020 season

Even though time is working against the Canadian Football League, commissioner Randy Ambrosie is trying to remain patient with regards to scenarios for a potential 2020 season.

According to TSN reporter Farhan Lalji: the CFL is still considering multiple return to play options, including one-hub and adopt-a-team models with fans and no-fans. Delay is primarily due to waiting for more favourable science and testing which could lead to a more favourable financial model being acceptable. 

The governors have been kept up to date on the work the committee is doing and the primary focus is still finding a way to play in September. It’s unfortunate the players haven’t been kept in the loop the same way, especially if a new business model is also being developed.

CFL Players’ Association executive director Brian Ramsay called out Ambrosie for not receiving concrete ideas regarding a collective agreement nor concrete direction about opportunities to get on the field this year.

Montreal Alouettes’ quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. knows when the pocket is collapsing and a decision has to be made. That’s the same way the passer feels about the 2020 CFL season. The 27-year-old singled out Ambrosie on Twitter.

“Can we please get a set date on when a decision will be made? I got kids Mann,” Adams Jr. wrote. The players appear united with Adams Jr., but Ambrosie does not 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,” Ambrosie told TSN’s Rod Smith, “where we’ve got a date in mind that we’ve gotta call this.”

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.

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