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CFL 2020 season likely to be wiped out: commissioner

Citynews 1130 Vancouver
FILE - Canadian Football League commissioner Randy Ambrosie ((Jonathan Hayward/CP)
Summary

Randy Ambrosie makes admission while testifying to a House of Commons finance committee

Last week, CFL requested up to $150 million in financial assistance from the federal government

Ambrosie says the league's future is 'very much in jeopardy'

OTTAWA – CFL commissioner Randy Ambrosie says the most likely scenario for the league is a cancelled 2020 season during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ambrosie made the admission for the first time while testifying to a House of Commons standing committee on finance on Thursday.

Ambrosie appeared via video during a panel on arts, culture, sports and charitable organizations after news broke last week that the CFL had requested up to $150 million in financial assistance from the federal government.

During his testimony, Ambrosie said the league’s future is “very much in jeopardy.”

The commissioner said the nine teams have collectively lost $10-20 million per season in recent years.

Ambrosie said unlike many major North American pro sports leagues, television is not the No. 1 revenue source for the CFL, which always has been as a gate-driven league.