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Lethbridge reacts to CFL potentially calling it quits

May 12, 2020

The CFL is desperately trying to keep itself afloat. The league recently asked Ottawa for up to $150 million in financial help due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. BCN's Ainsley O'Riley explains the impact of losing the league in Southern Alberta.

The 2020 CFL season was supposed to start on May 11. Between where we are on the calendar, transporting American players from across the border, and government regulations, it’s looking like there may be no season at all.  Some are saying that the league's financial woes may cause them to fold altogether. For many Southern Albertans this is a sad reality. 

"(The CFL) is important to just a sense of being Canadian. You could say 'well, it's just sports' I think sports gets you through some really difficult times. I think sports unites people," says LCI Rams head football coach, Darren Majeran.

It’s also tough for young players — many with dreams of making it to the next level. 

"As Canadian kids we can look to the CFL and think this is definitely a route we could take—this is somewhere that we could go," says LCI Rams football player and grade 11 student, Asher Bridge.

For local coaches and players, losing our uniquely Canadian game would be a tough pill to swallow. 

"Not having a CFL would be something that you just don't even think about because it's been around for so long. It's just part of football in Canada," says president of the Lethbridge Minor Football Association, Zach Keith.

"Seeing what the Grey Cup does every year, taking people from the West coast to the East coast, all cheering for these Canadian football teams. This uniquely Canadian game — it'd be a shame to loose," adds Majeran.