CFL planning to release 2021 schedule ‘very soon’

The Canadian Football League has been working on completing a schedule for the 2021 season.

CFL commissioner Randy Ambrosie and the board of governors voted against putting football on the field in 2020 amid the pandemic after the federal government denied a league-specific financial aid.

Ambrosie expects a finalized version of next year’s schedule to be released in the near future. In recent years, the league has consistently put it out prior to Christmas.

“Just this morning I shared with my team that as soon as I see that we’ve got sign off from all of our stakeholders, we’re going to publish a schedule very, very soon,” Ambrosie said during his state of the league address at Grey Cup Unite week.

“We’ve got a schedule planned for 2021. In the not-too-distant future, CFL fans from coast to cost to coast will get a chance to pick their spots, mark their calendars and make sure that they’re going to be front and centre for CFL football in 2021.”

The league has modeled several playing scenarios and have already started zeroing in on picking one with an aim towards finishing the season with the Grey Cup, slated to be hosted in Hamilton. It would be the first time the Steel City hosts the game since 1996.

“We’re planning on being in Hamilton. Certainly November is a long ways off, we know how much can happen in a year, a year this week to be in Hamilton for Grey Cup,” Ambrosie said.

“In conversations with healthcare officials, obviously it’s early, still lots to develop, but they are looking at late summer and fall getting potentially back more to normal.”

Ambrosie stated the single biggest and best solution for the CFL is to be able to open stadiums and have fans back in the stands.

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