Edmonton GM Brock Sunderland: ‘nothing definite’ about playing in 2021

Edmonton Football Team general manager Brock Sunderland cannot guarantee a season will happen in 2021.

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Sunderland admits there are no certainties.

“Nothing definite. I wish I had it concrete where I could say without fail we are absolutely going to play. I don’t think anyone knows that right now and I think everything going on in the world with COVID is going to dictate that,” Sunderland said on 630 CHED’s The Double EE Coach’s Show with Morley Scott.

“What I can say is we’re preparing as if we’re going to, and we’re doing everything we can within our power to be prepared and ready to go as soon as we’re given the green light to officially make that happen.”

The league had been working for months to play a six-game campaign with Winnipeg serving as its hub city in 2020. Those plans were scrapped after the federal government refused the league’s request for a $30-million interest-free loan. Commissioner Randy Ambrosie acknowledged the failure of the league not to play this year.

“We’re going to continue to prepare as if there is going to be a ’21 season. I know all nine teams, and the league office, all the players, all the coaches, everybody at our building right now — everybody wants to play and we’re doing everything we can to make that possible,” Sunderland said.

“Obviously some things are going to be out of our control, but everything that we can control we’re doing in the matter that we are going to play.”

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