Randy Ambrosie says he's optimistic CFL will play 2021 season

CFL commissioner Randy Ambrosie. (Frank Gunn/CP)

Randy Ambrosie is setting his sights on the resumption of pro football in Canada next year.

The CFL commissioner said Monday during a virtual state-of-the-union address with fans that the league is looking at playing next year and expects to release a 2021 schedule soon.

Ambrosie says the CFL is planning on staging the '21 Grey Cup in Hamilton, as scheduled.

The CFL is celebrating Grey Cup week with a series of virtual events after cancelling its 2020 season in August due to the COVID-19 pandemic after being unable to secure financial assistance from the federal government.

The league had hoped to play a shortened campaign in Winnipeg this year with the help of government funding.

However, a big challenge facing the CFL's plans to resume play next year is the uncertainty surrounding the novel coronavirus, be it what the numbers will be like next summer or when a vaccine might be widely available.

It's unclear if the CFL does resume play whether fans will be allowed to return to stadium and if so, how many.

That's an important factor for CFL franchises, which rely heavily upon ticket sales to generate revenue.

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