For the first time in 101 years there will be no Grey Cup champion
The CFL has cancelled its 2020 season because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
It marks the first year the Grey Cup won’t be presented since 1919.
The league announced the move Monday, dashing hopes of a shortened season in the hub city of Winnipeg.
The move comes after the CFL couldn’t solve a number of issues in an effort to try to salvage a season.
The league was unable to secure financing from the federal government after presenting Ottawa with a $30-million, interest-free loan request Aug. 3 to stage an abbreviated 2020 season. News of the deal falling through broke Sunday night.
League officials announced in late July they had chosen Winnipeg as a hub city for a regular season with six games, followed by an eight-team playoffs.
But it was contingent on the league securing financial assistance from the federal government, solidifying an extension of the collective bargaining agreement and approving health-and-safety protocols.
- Sources: CFL discussing $30M, interest-free loan with federal government
- Sources: CFL’s $30-million federal loan request falls through
- Ontario Hockey League cancels 2020-21 season as COVID-19 cases surge in province
- Hamilton Bulldogs caged; OHL the only major junior hockey league to cancel season due to pandemic
- Canadian Premier League delays kickoff of third season due to pandemic
- Male pronounced dead at scene after drowning in Brampton
- 1 in 3 Canadians considering 'workarounds' as Mississauga, Brampton and Hamilton house prices keep rising
- The controversial aircraft built and destroyed in Mississauga
- PICK A SIDE: When should masks no longer be mandatory in Ontario?
- 16 flights landing with COVID-19 at Pearson Airport in Mississauga most since February