Canadian Football League teams are preparing for the hub city format in the Manitoba capital.
Winnipeg has tentatively been chosen as the host and even though there is no definitive word from the Canadian government regarding potential financial aid or an agreement on a COVID-19 collective bargaining agreement, franchises have started planning logistics.
According to TSN reporter Farhan Lalji: With growing optimism that CFL and PA are closing in on an amended CBA, football operations staff are being informed & beginning to prepare for a possible 2020 season. This from one team’s internal communications: Sept 14 players will begin traveling to Winnipeg. You will have to pass a COVID test, twice over a 6 day period to be allowed into the bubble. After the 6 day quarantine in Winnipeg training camp will start.
The province of Manitoba has put together a hub city committee, although the league has emphasized there is still lots that has to be accomplished in short order to make such an approach feasible and possible, including a new CBA with the CFL Players’ Association, significant federal government support, and approval from public health authorities.
The CFL extended its self-imposed deadline to this week as they await a decision from the Canadian federal government on potential funding.