Riders make significant layoffs in business and football operations departments

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The Saskatchewan Roughriders have made layoffs — permanent and temporary — caused by the coronavirus financial crisis.

Regina Leader-Post reporter Murray McCormick obtained a statement from Riders president Craig Reynolds.

“Since the outset of the pandemic the Saskatchewan Roughriders have had to make difficult decisions in order to ensure the long-term stability and sustainability of the club. It started in the spring with wage reductions and reduced workweeks for staff across the organization and the use of the federal wage subsidy program (CEWS).”

“With the club still facing a projected $10 million shortfall and much uncertainty remaining around the COVID-19 pandemic, we have had to make significant adjustments to our workforce including temporary and permanent layoffs in both the business office and football operations.

“As you can imagine these decisions were not taken lightly and were not a reflection of the hard work that our employees put in everyday — especially during these challenging times.”

Digital content producer Matt Lowry was one of the people affected by the cuts. He had been with the franchise since May 2016 when he changed provinces to take a job with the Riders. Lowry shared his thoughts on the time as a member of the green and white on Twitter:

Well, today was my last day with the Riders. I want to thank the club, for taking a chance on a kid from Ontario four years ago to work for the greatest franchise in Canada, with the most loyal, passionate fans in Rider Nation!

It’s that passion that drove me to bring our fans as close as possible to the team they love every single day. I want to thank all the players and coaches I’ve had the privilege of working with over the years, it was an absolute blast and I learned so much from each of you.

There’s too many awesome co-workers to thank, but you know who you are, and you’ll hear from me. And please WEAR A MASK so we can all enjoy the 2021 CFL season from wherever you may be. #BEL13VE

The CFL voted to cancel its 2020 season on Monday, August 17 after the Canadian government denied the league a $30 million interest-free loan. Reynolds stated the Riders will lose in the range of $10 million this year due financial ramifications from the coronavirus.