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Canadian Football League cancels 2020 season

The Canadian Football League announced the total shutdown of the 2020 season Monday, ending the chase of the 109-year-old Grey Cup for the nine-team league founded in 1958.

The CFL’s business model relies heavily on ticket sales instead of television, other media rights and sponsorship money. With public gatherings in Canada limited to 250 people or fewer in most provinces, the potential for a fanless, quarantined tournament at a predetermined site in Winnipeg did not represent a financially sound investment.

“Our league governors decided today it is in the best long-term interests of the CFL to concentrate on the future,” CFL commissioner Randy Ambrosie said in a statement from the league. “We are absolutely committed to 2021, to the future of our league and the pursuit of our vision of a bigger, stronger, more global CFL.”

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