TSN analyst Glen Suitor is a man of the people, especially Canadian football fans.
The passionate CFL broadcaster wants to see football played in Canada during the current year. Especially after the 2020 three-down season was cancelled due to the league’s board of governors voting against putting its product on the field.
“I’ve been talking to some stakeholders in the league. The three major ones, the players, the league itself, and then television, those three stakeholders are highly — supremely — motivated to play this year,” Suitor told The SportsCage with Derek Taylor on 620 CKRM radio in Regina.
“People are saying, ‘That’s not good enough,’ and I agree with them because we need details. We’re going to have to look and see how this vaccination process continues to unfold. It’s still going to be a moving target.”
The CFL unveiled its 2021 schedule back in November but has yet to indicate the likelihood of it going forward as planned. The pre-season is scheduled to begin on Sunday, May 23, while the regular season is slated to get underway on Thursday, June 10.
The league started meeting with its players’ association this past week to begin developing a return-to-play plan for 2021. An internal CFL Players’ Association memo obtained by 3DownNation insider John Hodge stated: “Our goal remains clear: to play a safe, healthy, 18 game regular season of Canadian Football in 2021.”
Commissioner Randy Ambrosie has promised plenty of football in 2021, but until it’s on the field many won’t believe it, Suitor included.