Unlike other leagues, the CFL needs fans in the stands to survive the coronavirus pandemic

For comparison’s sake, in 2018, the Washington Redskins took in an estimated $491 million in revenue. Only $89 million — 18 percent — of that came from gate receipts. The coronavirus pandemic, then, has become an existential problem for the CFL as bans on large public gatherings remain in place. The league’s regular season usually begins in mid-June, but it already has pushed the starting date back to July at the earliest. And on Thursday, Commissioner Randy Ambrosie painted a bleak picture while appearing via video conference before a House of Commons standing committee on finance, saying the CFL’s “future is very much in jeopardy. ”“Ours is a big brand but not a wealthy business,” Ambrosie continued.

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