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CFL commissioner set to discuss league's issues during government meeting

OTTAWA - Canadian Football League commissioner Randy Ambrosie will be back in the spotlight tonight.

 

Just over a week after news broke that the CFL has asked the federal government for up to $150 million in assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic, Ambrosie is to testify at the House of Commons standing committee on finance.

 

Ambrosie will appear via videoconference during a panel on arts, culture, sports and charitable organizations.

 

The CFL's request sparked debate about whether professional sports leagues should be entitled to federal funds during the COVID-19 crisis.

 

A day after the CFL's request became public last Tuesday, the Canadian Premier League confirmed it was asking for $25 million from the federal government. The professional soccer league began play last season.

 

If the 2020 season is wiped out, Ambrosie has said the CFL's long-term future would be in peril.

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