It sounds like some CFL teams are now reaching out to players.
“Neil McEvoy, he just told me before we went on the show that the B.C. Lions are telling their players on July 2nd to start quarantining. So that means July 16 training camp in Kamloops is a goal for the Lions. The season will start in August. “
McEvoy is the Co-General Manager and Director Of Football Operations for the BC Lions.
They go on to say
“Neil was buzzed up / pumped up and ready to go. I could feel the energy through the phone. Neil is pumped up, ready to go.”
This is exciting news for CFL fans as well as players and coaches. It looks like the season will begin on time.
We expect to hear more of these types of announcements throughout the day. But no official word from the league just yet.
Even with the season in play, the league stands to lose lots of money as in-person fan-driven revenue is key to its business model. According to Jan Janower, the Lions and BC Place officials are meeting this afternoon to discuss bringing limited fans back to the stadium.
2020 was the first time in its branded CFL history that the CFL missed a Grey Cup. Before its rebranding as the CFL in 1958. The league missed the Grey Cup in 1916, 1917, 1918 due to World War I and the Spanish flu epidemic, and in 1919 to a rule dispute with the Canadian Rugby Union.
The CFL and XFL continue their talks as the season pushes on. The XFL season shut down due to the pandemic and was bought out of bankruptcy by Dany Garcia, Dwyane ‘The Rock’ Johnson, and RedBird Capital.
In its shortened season, the league was considered a success by many industry heavyweights. The league ratings were strong, and the start-up league was profitable. Something the CFL has struggled with in its long history.