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CFL says no games before September, big change for Grey Cup

The CFL has issued an update today that says the earliest the league might return to play – for a shortened season – is this September. Whether that happens will depend on the progress made in reopening after COVID 19. The league has also cancelled the Grey Cup Game which was scheduled for Regina this November. Instead Regina will get the 2022 game, and this year’s game, if it is played, will be in the city of whichever cup finalist has the best season’s record.

The league release said, “We know there is a great deal of interest in whether we might play with or without fans, or with social distancing rules in place. We are examining all possibilities with both public safety and financial viability in mind. It’s just too soon to speculate on what a return to play in September might look like. Please note that we are not announcing or promising a return this fall. We are just letting our fans know this remains one of the remaining possible scenarios for 2020. A cancelled season is also possible. Again, it’s too soon to make a sure call at this point.”

The plan for the Grey Cup in 2021 remains unchanged: the Hamilton Tiger-Cats will host for the first time in 25 years.

The pandemic has also forced cancellation of the Touchdown Atlantic game in Halifax, which had been scheduled for July 25.

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