Canadian Football League asks government for $150M in assistance amid COVID-19

The Canadian Football League is asking the federal government for up to $150 million in financial assistance due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

CFL Commissioner Randy Ambrosie told The Canadian Press on Tuesday that the league’s proposal involves three phases: $30 million now to manage the impact the coronavirus outbreak has had on league business; additional assistance for an abbreviated regular season; and up to another $120 million in the event of a lost 2020 campaign.

The CFL hasn’t given up on staging a 2020 season but it has postponed the start of training camps — which were to open next month.

Saskatchewan Roughriders’ receiver Shaq Evans is practising patience during COVID-19

Saskatchewan Roughriders’ receiver Shaq Evans is practising patience during COVID-19

It has also and pushed back the beginning of the regular season — which was scheduled to begin June 11 — to early July, at the earliest.

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Many provincial governments already have said there will not be sports events with large crowds this summer.

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The Grey Cup is scheduled for Nov. 22 in Regina.

© 2020 The Canadian Press

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