Latest version of 2021 CFL schedule had Redblacks opening season against Elks

Should the 2021 CFL season proceed as planned, the Edmonton Football Team could be displaying their new look to kick-off the schedule.

According to Postmedia reporter Dan BarnesIf CFL board of governors votes next Monday to approve Aug. 5 start to the season, the latest version of the schedule apparently had the Edmonton Elks opening the 2021 campaign by hosting the Ottawa Redblacks on Aug. 7.

3DownNation insider Justin Dunk first reported the league telling the CFL Players’ Association direction on a 2021 season will be given no later than June 14. CFLPA president Solomon Elimimian sent a memo to update the membership on the latest happenings last week.

The CFL delayed its start date in April with a 14-game schedule targeted to kick-off on August 5, culminating in a currently planned December 12 Grey Cup. For the timeline to be met, the league requires ‘a significant number of fans’ to be allowed in stadiums by municipal, provincial, and federal governments.

The league and players’ 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 and are working to finalize the details in hopes of getting the final stamp from the nation’s capital.

Last year, the league office and players’ association had constructed a plan to play in a hub city in Winnipeg. However, after the feds declined to give the CFL a $30-million interest-free loan, it was ultimately decided by the board of governors the 2020 season would be cancelled.

There are still lots or moving parts with plenty of uncertainty regarding a 2021 CFL season.