Canadian Football League (CFL) Commissioner Randy Ambrose has admitted that cancelling the football season this year is the most likely scenario.
Commissioner Ambrosie made the disclosure while speaking before a House of Commons standing committee on finance. The CFL is requesting up to $150 million in federal financial help.
Members of Parliament were hard on Ambrosie, grilling him on whether he was after a loan or a bailout. He responded that the CFL is looking for a partnership with the government.
Ambrosie said unlike the NFL south of the border, the CFL is "not a wealthy business" and that its biggest source of revenue is ticket sales.
Saskatoon MP Kevin Waugh stated the league's three community-based teams (the Roughriders, Blue Bombers, and Eskimos) had seven-figure profits in 2018 and the remaining teams are owned by corporations or owners with deep pockets.
Ambrosie was also asked why CFL players weren't involved in his presentation to the standing committee and how much of the funding he was requesting would go directly to players. Ambrosie said discussions with players are ongoing.
During his remarks, Ambrosie admitted that cancelling the CFL season this year is very likely thanks to restrictions in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
He said the best-case scenario for this year would be a "drastically truncated season" but added it's more likely there will be no season at all.
CFL training camps were due to get underway this month, however, COVID-19 restrictions forced their cancellation and the start of the season has tentatively been pushed to early July.