CFL will be looking for re-start no later than mid-July: report

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The Canadian Football League is widely expected to officially announce a delay to the 2021 season on Wednesday, April 21.

Winnipeg Free Press reporter Jeff Hamilton has details of what might be in the works for the three-down league.

After talking to a number of people around the league, the expectation is the CFL, whether it formally announces it or not, will be looking for a re-start no later than mid-July, with camps starting weeks before.

It might take scrapping the preseason and a bye week, and/or extending the season into December, but the goal is to play as full a season as possible. It might not be 18 games, but it would be close.

The CFL unveiled its 2021 schedule in November with the pre-season slated to begin on Sunday, May 23. The regular season is scheduled to get underway on Thursday, June 10 and the Grey Cup is currently set for Sunday, November 21 in Hamilton.

The league office and players’ union began meetings during the second week of February with a focus on playing football in 2021. The two sides have submitted return to play health and safety plans to various levels of government in Canada.

The CFL Players’ Association has repeatedly requested clarity regarding the start of the 2021 season, which the CFL has failed to provide. Commissioner Randy Ambrosie has promised plenty of football during the current year, but there has yet been no hard commitment as to when the league might kick-off.