Zurkowsky: Unhappy day for CFL, however Als co-owner Gary Stern has eyes on 2021


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For Cecchini and Maciocia, both hired a week after the ownership announcement, it’s enterprise as ordinary.

Maciocia has a workforce to run. Gamers will nonetheless develop into free brokers in February. There will probably be a Canadian school draft subsequent April, though universities in Ontario, western and Atlantic Canada have already cancelled their seasons. And there are 32 NFL groups at coaching camps who count on to play this season. Gamers will probably be launched, a few of whom may discover their strategy to Canada.

Cecchini’s mandate is equally as difficult, if not larger. Cecchini, whose background is in broadcasting, is aware of he should preserve the Als seen and related, an onerous activity contemplating the momentum the workforce gained in 2019, when it made the playoffs following 4 years of futility, may need been misplaced.

There are tickets to promote and sponsorship offers that have to be signed. Bear in mind, this can be a workforce, within the remaining levels of possession below the daddy and son tandem of Robert and Andrew Wetenhall, that misplaced at the very least $9 million yearly when it did play. Whereas Cecchini stated Telus, one of many Als’ main sponsors, has already confirmed its intention to return in 2021, work stays.

“I feel we’ll be in a wierd scenario,” he admitted. “It received’t make it simpler however, on the similar time, we have been in such vibe individuals could be wanting ahead to us coming again. Typically in the event you miss one thing a bit, you respect it extra afterward. We’ll work rattling laborious to select up the place we left it.”

This, after all, assumes the well being disaster will probably be over within the coming months and the Als will be capable of play at Molson Stadium, in entrance of 1000’s of followers. Stern believes that would be the case, whereas admitting COVID-19 uncovered many warts within the CFL’s enterprise mannequin.

“If the virus doesn’t go away, we’re all going to have a lot larger worries than simply the CFL, aren’t we?” Stern stated.

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