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Can the CFL survive COVID-19 or is Canadian football being forced into a fourth down?

As the CFL contemplates working with the U.S.-based XFL, we look at the economic future of the league, the costs of the pandemic and whether its players are likely to pick up the ball and run with it in the 2021 season.

Canadian Football League teams rely heavily on ticket sales to make money

Although the CFL didn't play in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, commissioner Randy Ambrosie says the league remains committed to resuming play in 2021. (Andrew Vaughan/The Canadian Press)

It has been 18 months since the Canadian Football League has hosted a kick-off.

Unlike other professional sports — hockey, basketball, golf — the CFL has not bounced back from its forced shut-down due to the pandemic.

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All nine teams lost millions of dollars during the pandemic, and right now the future of the league is not a sure thing as it explores a partnership with the U.S.-based XFL.

CBC producer Dave Waddell speaks with guest host Peter Armstrong about whether the CFL can pick up the ball and run with it in 2021.


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