CFL execs, staff have accepted $6.5 million in pay cuts, 215 jobs eliminated since pandemic began: report

After being asked to take a 20% pay cut should games be played without fans, CFL players are wondering if they are the only ones feeling the pain.

Not so according to Farhan Lalji.

The TSN insider has done some digging and shared his findings in a series of tweets on Friday.

“With CFL players being asked to take further pay cuts, I’ve spent the past week checking out what cuts are still in place for team personnel across the league. Virtually every team that rolled back salaries a year ago still has those in place. For those that signed new deals those salaries are reflective of current conditions,” Lalji explained.

“According to league sources, since the pandemic hit a year ago, pay cuts totaling approximately $6.5 million have been accepted by CFL executives & staff. This includes office & football ops for the nine teams as well as the league office.”

Those who accepted pay cuts were the lucky ones.

“In addition, 215 jobs have been eliminated across the CFL –  roughly 1 in 3 positions have been cut. Some teams are operating without scouting staffs. I expect less than half the lost jobs will reinstated when a season start date is finalized,” Lalji said.

The CFL reportedly lost between $60 and $80 million last year after the Canadian government refused to provide a $30 million interest-free loan a year ago. They’ll lose millions more if any kind of season is played in 2021 but they must play regardless to begin recouping losses and stay relevant.

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