CFL issues non-definitive statement regarding 2020 season

The Canadian Football League issued a statement on Friday afternoon on the state of the 2020 season.

We appreciate the intense interest in our league and whether we will play a shortened season this Fall.

At this time, we continue to work with all of our key stakeholders to determine what is best for the CFL in 2020 and for our long term future. We will update the media and public as we move forward.

We thank everyone, especially our players, partners and fans, for their patience, passion for our game and support for our league.

The statement comes as the league has passed another unofficial deadline to reach an agreement on an amended collective bargaining agreement with the players. That follows a flurry of reports that the CFL has reached an impasse with government on the topic of a financial loan.

Commissioner Randy Ambrosie was also roundly criticized on Friday morning for producing a video in support of the Finnish Maple League’s return to play, while the league office has not had a significant meeting with its players for over a week as they continue to go without pay.

The league statement provides almost no clarity on the pressing issues facing the league amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The league has tentatively chosen Winnipeg as a hub city should games occur, but that appears increasingly unlikely.

The whole situation has been an embarrassing blight on the CFL’s public and private reputation. A three sentence PR move does little to help that situation.