Calgary rounds out CFL hub city bid proposals

The city of Calgary wants to host the Canadian Football League for a potential shortened season in 2020.

Winnipeg and Regina have submitted bids along with Calgary to be in the hub city running with the CFL amid the COVID-19 pandemic, according to TSN’s Dave Naylor.

Both Manitoba and Saskatchewan included money, $2.5 million and $3 million respectively. Alberta premier Jason Kenney nor Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi have provided public details about their proposal.

Commissioner Randy Ambrosie stated the earliest the CFL might return to play is September due to COVID-19. The league office sent the CFL Players’ Association a guiding principals statement which shares thoughts on what it could take for an abbreviated 2020 schedule. If the two sides form an agreement, choosing a hub would be the next logical step.

The CFL presented a scenario for a potential six-game 2020 season which would see players self-isolate in quaratine for up to 105 days or 15 weeks in a hub concept for one-third of their base salary and performance bonuses. However, it was tied to an acceptable level of government financial support or assistance.

Competition to be the CFL’s hub city has turned into a three horse race.