The Canadian Football League Players’ Association has been asking for a hard timeline to be set for a potential 2021 season.
However, the league office hasn’t provided a definitive answer. That led to the union updating its membership via memo on Friday evening.
We have been in formal discussions with the League since early February. Despite our repeated requests, the League has not yet decided on a start date for the 2021 season.
Regrettably, instead of falling cases in Canada, we are now seeing an increase in COVID cases so much that Ontario has imposed a mandatory 28-day lockdown. Quebec, B.C. and Alberta have issued mandatory closures of gyms, restaurants and have banned all mass gatherings.
Until the League decides on the start date for a season, we advise you not to make any changes that would affect your current income stream.
We advise you not to risk the employment you now have, and if and when the League makes a decision and notifies us that they are prepared to go ahead with a season, we will inform you immediately.
While this may not be good news, please know we are dedicated to continuing to work hard on your behalf to get you back on the field with the most games possible with maximum safeguards in place.
As always, we will keep you informed of any developments.
The CFL unveiled its 2021 schedule last November with the pre-season scheduled to begin on Sunday, May 23, while the regular season is slated to get underway on Thursday, June 10, and the Grey Cup in Hamilton on Sunday, November 21.
The league and union began meetings during the second week of February with a focus on playing football this year. The two sides have submitted return to play health and safety plans to various levels of government in Canada.
Commissioner Randy Ambrosie has promised plenty of football during the current year, but there has been no commitment as to when the league might kick-off, which has created unprecedented uncertainty for the players.