Winnipeg chosen as CFL hub if league plays games in 2020: report

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Winnipeg has been chosen as the CFL hub city, if the league plays games in 2020, according to The Rod Pedersen Show’s own Rod Pedersen.

The league had been in talks with the Ontario provincial government about a Hamilton/Burlington hub, however, the Blue Bombers have beaten out the Tiger-Cats, again.

Pedersen reported on TSN 1290 radio in Winnipeg: From what I believe is a credible source, Winnipeg has been chosen as the hub city for the Canadian Football League, in the eventuality that they play in 2020. The decision has been made from my source telling me, if they play it will be in Winnipeg.

As of June 30, Manitoba had 325 total coronavirus cases, by far the least of any province which has CFL teams inside its borders. It would be potentially be the safest place for the three-down league to play games inside a gigantic bubble. Premier Brian Pallister and his provincial government have done well to keep the virus contained to small numbers.

The CFL regular season was scheduled to kick-off on Thursday, June 11, but commissioner Randy Ambrosie has stated the earliest the league might return to play is September. The CFLPA sent out a survey to its membership with 12 questions pertaining to the potential 2020 season amid the coronavirus crisis, which indicated the players want to play. 

On Thursday, June 11, CFLPA executive director Brian Ramsay called out Ambrosie for not receiving concrete ideas regarding a collective agreement or about opportunities to get on the field this year amid the coronavirus pandemic. The league finally formally invited the union to start CBA talks on June 19.

The current CBA doesn’t expire until the end of the 2021 season, but there will need to be a modified agreement to accommodate a potential shortened 2020 campaign. According to sources, there was one meeting between June 19 and July 1 where the league actually included the players by sharing how its hub city concept might come together.

It appears the destination for CFL football amid the COVID-19 pandemic will be in the Manitoba capital.