Professional sports organizations are facing unprecedented challenges as the world navigates the COVID-19 pandemic, and the size and strengths of the leagues has in large part determined the threat level in the immediate term and down the line.
And at the far end of the vulnerability spectrum is the Canadian Football League, which went public this week with a request of upwards of $150 million in financial assistance from the federal government.
It is an uncertain and dire moment in history for the CFL and the rich tradition of football in Canada, and the challenge facing league commissioner Randy Ambrosie is immense.
Balancing negotiations with the federal government, bargaining with the CFL’s Players’ Association, and consideration for the thousands of people that depend on the league to make their living, COVID-19 presents a challenge unlike anything Ambrosie has tackled in his career as an athlete, businessman and sports executive.
Watch live as Yahoo Sports’ Justin Cuthbert speaks with Ambrosie about his role, the challenge of being a leader in times of struggle, the fate of the CFL, and the steps the league might take to salvage the business.