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CFL to kick off shortened 14-game season in August

Nov 24, 2019; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Winnipeg Blue Bombers kicker Justin Medlock (9) celebrates win over Hamilton Tiger-Cats during the 107th Grey Cup championship football game at McMahon Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

The Canadian Football League’s amended 14-game regular season will kick off on Aug. 5 and end with the 108th Grey Cup on Dec. 12 in Hamilton, Ontario.

The CFL’s board of governors unanimously approved a plan Monday to return to action after the 2020 season was wiped out by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This is an exciting day for Canadian football and for Canada itself,” commissioner Randy Ambrosie said. “I want to thank our fans, players, coaches, and partners for their incredible support and patience as we’ve worked together towards this day. This is great news for everyone who loves our game and our country.”

The nine-team league plans to release the schedules on Tuesday. Training camps will begin on July 10.

The CFL typically plays an 18-game regular season over 21 weeks, with games beginning in mid-June.

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers are the defending Grey Cup champions after defeating the Hamilton Tiger-Cats 33-12 on Nov. 24, 2019.

–Field Level Media