Redblacks owner Roger Greenberg cancellation of 2020 CFL season ‘heart-wrenching’

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Ottawa Redblacks owner Roger Greenberg has published his first public comments since the CFL cancelled the 2020 season.

Greenberg penned a letter:

I wanted to touch-base with you on behalf of my fellow OSEG partners to let you know that we are extremely optimistic for the future of the REDBLACKS franchise and 100% committed to returning to play in 2021 and winning CFL championships. We founded OSEG in 2008 to bring back CFL football to our city because we loved the game, and today, with six seasons of REDBLACKS memories in our hearts, we love it even more.

For me, the cancellation of the 2020 season was heart-wrenching. The disappointment and sadness were overwhelming, because the joy of a season is so profound. We ride the pendulum of emotions that every game evokes and they make us feel more alive. Losing that hurts.

We’ve had a few days to come to terms with our shared loss and soon we can start the recovery process. I know our REDBLACKS account managers are now reaching out to all season seat members to see how everyone is doing. The CFL will soon be announcing a new initiative for fans to stay connected and we’re now exploring many other creative ideas to ensure we have interesting and fun content to tide us over for the remainder of the pandemic.

Much remains to be done to set the stage for the return of the REDBLACKS, and I can assure you, we’ll do it. The top priority for all of us right now is to conquer the pandemic. After that, for we at OSEG, it’s winning another Grey Cup.

Greenberg was born and raised in Ottawa and regularly attended Ottawa Rough Riders’ games at Lansdowne Park. He now serves as the franchise’s alternate governor and is the executive chairman of the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group.

Given the hype around the hiring of head coach Paul LaPolice, the veteran staff he assembled, and the trade for promising quarterback Nick Arbuckle, the cancelled season might sting a bit more in the nation’s capital than other cities.

The redemption tour that was intended to wipe away the bitter taste of Ottawa’s disappointing 2019 season will have to wait at least another year.

Santino Filoso is originally from Ottawa and has written about the Redblacks since 2013. He is the only CFL writer currently living in Brazil (as far as we know).