The Canadian Football League announced today that they are officially cancelling the 2020 season and are shifting its focus to 2021 and beyond after deciding not to play a shortened season this Fall.
“Our league governors decided today it is in the best long-term interests of the CFL to concentrate on the future,” said Commissioner Randy Ambrosie.
“We are absolutely committed to 2021, to the future of our league and the pursuit of our vision of a bigger, stronger, more global CFL.”
The league said in a statement that it lost its number one source of revenue – fans in the stands – when the COVID-19 pandemic prevented large gatherings. Unlike US-based leagues that can count on television or streaming to provide the lion’s share of their revenue, the CFL depends heavily on its live gate.
A shortened season was to be played in a single location – Winnipeg had been chosen as the hub city – with players living in a protected “bubble” consisting of the gameday stadium, practice fields and hotels.
However the league stated that they needed financial support from the federal government to make the season a reality, which they were unable to secure.
More details are available on CFL.ca.