CFL votes to cancel 2020 season

The Canadian Football League has voted to cancel the 2020 season, according to a memo sent to the CFL Players’ Association.


We have just been informed by the CFL that they have voted to cancel the 2020 season. 

The league’s board of governors met Monday morning and officially made the decision amid  the COVID-19 pandemic. The CFLPA sent out a second memo to its union membership Monday.

To all CFL players,

By now you will mostly likely have heard that the CFL has made their decision to cancel the 2020 season public. This is deeply disappointing and did not come easy for anyone.

Your team player reps have been briefed with as much information as we have available at the present time.

We will provide more information as it becomes available, including any updates on key items and timing for a membership town hall. We will continue working on your behalf in the coming days and months ahead.

In the meantime, we encourage you to please continue to make personal decisions that are in the best interest of you and your family, and please take care of yourself and each other.

Thank you for your patience, understanding and professionalism throughout this entire process.

Ever since commissioner Randy Ambrosie fumbled and stumbled his way through the league’s ask for up to $150 million in May, it was clear the CFL wanted a handout from the Canadian government — money on their terms — which was denied.

The league had tentatively chosen Winnipeg as its hub city for a shortened schedule of games this year, but without the owners wanting to fund operations, teams won’t take the field.

That ultimately led to the league moving on and focusing on 2021 and its future.