Without playing a game or courting the spotlight of late, the Canadian Football League has nonetheless been exposed.
The financial picture, usually a subject of speculation due to the preponderance of privately owned teams, has proven to be a horror show.
Supposed drop-dead deadlines have been malleable, to the point where they are not to be taken seriously.
Relations with the CFL Players’ Association clearly are not the best. Some players are rankled over a perceived lack of dialogue with the league office and, principally, the lack of paycheques.
Here we are in August and there are far more questions than answers.
That is understandable, to a degree, because there is not a playbook for dealing with a global pandemic.
That said, the league’s handling of a crisis that is unprecedented in our lifetimes is still open to dissection.
Rewind to May 7, when commissioner Randy Ambrosie addressed a House of Commons standing committee on finance in the hope of garnering anywhere from $30 million to $150 million in federal-government support.