Sunday, November 29

CFL

CFL, COVID-19, Sports

CFL to cancel 2020 season: source – The Canadian News

The CFL will cancel its 2020 season on Monday due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a source familiar with the situation. The source was granted anonymity because the decision has not been publicly announced. It will be the first year that the Gray Cup has not been presented since 1919. The decision will destroy hopes for a shorter season in the central city of Winnipeg. The move comes after the CFL failed to resolve a series of problems in an effort to try to save a season. The league was unable to obtain funding from the federal government after submitting a $ 30 million interest-free loan application to Ottawa on Aug. 3 to host an abbreviated 2020 season.
Canadian Football League players ‘stuck in limbo’
Canadian Football League, CFL, Football

Canadian Football League players ‘stuck in limbo’

Article content continuedThe CFL will not comment officially on the state of negotiations. It seems likely that without definitive word from Ottawa on the status of the league’s request for about $40 million in financial aid, the CFL doesn’t see the point of bargaining with the players around the edges of an agreement when so much hinges on the central financial piece. And indeed, the message from Ottawa on Tuesday was the same as it had been on Monday.“The government is still examining the CFL’s request for financial assistance and any new information will be shared in due course,” said Camille Gagne, press secretary for the office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage.Saskatchewan’s Brett Lauther said last weekend that he and other player reps were told to expect news from the governme...
Facemasks mandatory for fans at 2020 NFL games
CFL, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Football, NFL

Facemasks mandatory for fans at 2020 NFL games

Well, unless you’re eating or drinking  Sure, at times we’ve all had it up to our itchy nose hairs with COVID-19 protocols.But in the latest sign we’d all better get used to it for months more to come, the NFL let it be known Wednesday that if any fans are permitted to watch league games in person this fall, they’ll be required to wear facemasks. At all times.Well, except when they’re drinking or eating, I’m authoritatively told. Seriously. Which, for some fans, means not for very long.Facemasks actually might help shield the hardiest fans from harsh late-autumn or early-winter elements come late in the season. By then, maybe those of us with four eyes will figure out how to breathe normally through a protective face covering without steaming up our own glasses. Or not.BUT WHO’LL...
Manitoba makes bid to become CFL hub
CFL, Football, Toronto Argonauts

Manitoba makes bid to become CFL hub

The province of Manitoba is preparing to throw money at the Canadian Football League, hoping for a positive reception.Premier Brian Pallister on Monday announced a $2.5-million pledge to the CFL that would help the league pay for meals, transportation, practice field rentals and accommodations at Winnipeg hotels if the provincial capital is chosen as a hub city for a truncated 2020 season. The Manitoba bid will have competition, Pallister said during a media conference, and he alluded to possible rivals in his opening remarks.“The opportunity to host the CFL season isn’t something that we want to punt to Saskatchewan or have intercepted by Hamilton,” he said.Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe said in early July that he has “a very large appetite” to have a hub city in the province, w...
Henry Burris headlines 2020 Canadian Football Hall of Fame class
CFL, Football

Henry Burris headlines 2020 Canadian Football Hall of Fame class

Henry Burris goes in as a first-ballot Hall-of-Famer, just the 21st in history.He goes in as a three-time winner of the Grey Cup and two-time game MVP; as a two-time Most Outstanding Player; as the headliner in a 2020 class that includes players Freddie Childress and Clyde Brock, amateur player Greg Vavra, and builders John Hufnagel and the late Larry Uteck.And Burris goes in as “an Ottawa Redblack for life,” he said on Wednesday.That the former quarterback should be enshrined in the Canadian Football Hall of Fame today is a no-brainer given a lengthy list of accomplishments over an 18-year CFL career, including a momentous Grey Cup win with the Redblacks in 2016 that ended a 40-year championship drought in the nation’s capital.That he should have no hesitation on team affiliatio...
CFL, Coronavirus, COVID-19, National, Sports

Source: CFL submits $42.5M financial request to federal government – CityNews Toronto

The CFL has sent Canadian Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault a revised financial request. A CFL source said Friday the league is seeking roughly $42.5 million in aid. In April, it asked the federal government for up to $150 million in financial assistance in the event of a cancelled 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. At the time, CFL commissioner Randy Ambrosie said the league was anxious “to be accountable to taxpayers,’ and would attempt to repay a portion of government assistance through “community programs, tourism promotion, the Grey Cup, our digital channels.” The source added the new request is to cover operating costs and player salaries for a shortened 2020 season. The proposal also includes a letter of support from the CFL Players’ Association. The source sp...
CFL, Football

Pandemic pause has Canadian Football League players hustling

Back in the day, many Canadian Football League players worked part-time jobs; now they have side hustles.They are one and the same, despite the age-adjusted terminology, and there is good reason for the continuing trend. Generally speaking, the three-down game still doesn’t pay the vast majority of players well enough to eschew other revenue streams when circumstances permit. And there is little doubt the lengthy pandemic pause on most sporting activity has spurred a burst of side hustle activity.To a man they would rather be earning paycheques for playing a full 18-game CFL season, but some have called an audible and are picking up work wherever they can find it to pay the bills, others are turning the timeout into a potentially larger opportunity to take the ball and run with i...
CFL, Football

Time working against Canadian Football League and players

When Canadian Football League executives and their CFL Players Association counterparts negotiated the current collective bargaining agreement, they met face to face for about 250 hours.It was pretty standard labour relations stuff — neither pleasant nor easy; some give, some take under mounting deadline pressure — and the 2019 season was played as scheduled.The two sides don’t have anywhere near that kind of time now and can’t meet in person anyway. And those two inconveniences are well down a list of issues that complicate the staging of a shortened 2020 CFL season.The COVID-19 pandemic, or more precisely the complexities and significant expense related to government-mandated health and safety protocols required to conduct CFL business in a pandemic, is another.But the biggest ...
Canadian Football League, CFL, Football

Coaches Mark Nelson and Don Yanowsky, both in their 60s, have no worries about a return to work

Mark Nelson and Don Yanowsky are gridiron lifers, like so {many professional} soccer coaches.Yanowsky’s profession started in 1981 when he was a scholar assistant at Toledo; Nelson’s in 1992 with the Edmonton Eskimos. Between them, they've coached for 25 completely different NCAA and Canadian Soccer League organizations and crossed over simply as soon as when each had been on the employees of the Ottawa Redblacks.It’s soccer season once more and they need to be teaching; Nelson with the Toronto Argonauts, Yanowsky with the B.C. Lions. As an alternative, Nelson is at dwelling in Ottawa, Yanowsky in Memphis, Tenn., each ready out the COVID-19 pandemic, each hoping the CFL can discover a solution to play video games safely in 2020.“I hope that we will pull it off and I truthfully co...