GAME-PLANNING ON THE FLY: Masking contingencies throughout a pandemic

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It’s one thing officers in Ottawa, from sports activities executives to politicians, are monitoring as they appear to the long run towards a backdrop of spiking each day case counts, and it issues extra to leagues that don’t generate massive broadcast rights income and canopy working prices primarily with ticket gross sales.

Ottawa BlackJacks’ Thomas Scrubb (proper) passes the ball previous Malcolm Duvivier of the Fraser Valley Bandits throughout a CEBL Summer season Sequence sport in St. Catharines on July 30. SUPPLIED/CEBL

The CEBL’s Summer season Sequence wasn’t resistant to COVID-19, both, as 5 of 250 COVID-19 checks got here again as optimistic. Nevertheless, Morreale stated, further testing decided these 5 gamers had been beforehand uncovered exterior Canada and weren’t liable to spreading the virus through the competitors that concluded with the Edmonton Stingers defeating the Fraser Valley Bandits 90-73 within the remaining on Aug. 9.


Days later, the Canadian Premier League kicked off a 35-game, 38-day Island Video games soccer championship at Charlottetown, P.E.I. It should finish with Sunday’s remaining that includes Forge FC of Hamilton and Wanderers FC of Halifax.

Dave Finest, a professor and co-ordinator of Algonquin Faculty’s Sport Enterprise Administration program, says there’s worth in remaining seen by means of short-run tournaments with out followers, though they’d by no means change contests with paying clients.

“I feel what they need to be doing isn’t constructing a lot, with all due respect, for this yr’s play,” Finest stated. “You’re constructing for subsequent yr’s play. They’re going to construct on the assist they’ve now. They need to. That’s sustainable down the highway. This yr they’re simply attempting to maintain their head above water, and that’s scaling again and never having the identical variety of video games. The Tier 1 (sports activities) are utilizing bubbles. Jeez … what are the Tier 2 guys going to do?”