CFL set to release 'non-traditional' 2021 schedule Friday

CFL commissioner Randy Ambrosie speaks at a news conference. (Andrew Vaughan/CP)

The CFL is planning to release a "non-traditional" schedule for its 2021 season on Friday, per Sportsnet's Arash Madani.

Madani reports the schedule won't be balanced like normal years as teams won't travel to every stadium across the league. He says there also should be two fewer games between East and West teams.

On Monday, CFL commissioner Randy Ambrosie said during a virtual state-of-the-union address that the league expects to return next year -- with a Grey Cup in Hamilton. The CFL cancelled its 2020 season in August amid the COVID-19 pandemic after being unable to secure financial assistance from the federal government.

It remains unclear if the CFL will come back with fans in the stands -- if they're allowed at all -- and if so, how many. That's a key factory for a league that relies heavily upon ticket sales to generate revenue.

With files from The Canadian Press

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