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2021 schedule

The CFL has released a full 2021 schedule. If all goes well, the Lions will open the regular season on the road in Calgary on Saturday, June 12, and then play on Friday, June 18 in Edmonton. The home opener will be Saturday, June 26 against Montreal.

The schedule isn't ideal, given the Lions' preference to play at home on Saturdays. Including preseason, the Lions have five home games on Fridays, four on Saturdays and one on Thursday.

Lions schedule:
https://www.bclions.com/schedule/

Full CFL schedule:
https://www.cfl.ca/schedule/


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Re: 2021 schedule

Any idea why we don't play Winnipeg, Hamilton or Toronto twice? Why only once.


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Fri Nov 20, 2020 9:49 am
Any idea why we don't play Winnipeg, Hamilton or Toronto twice? Why only once.
According to Arash Madani, the imbalanced schedule is designed to reduce travel. The Lions play Winnipeg three times, once at home and twice on the road. They get two home games against Saskatchewan and Calgary and none against Hamilton, which is typically the worst draw in Vancouver. I'm all in favour of more divisional games against natural rivals. I'm not sure why the Lions have a home-and-home with Montreal early in the season but the two teams have had a rivalry over the years


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B.C.FAN wrote:
Fri Nov 20, 2020 10:15 am
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Fri Nov 20, 2020 9:49 am
Any idea why we don't play Winnipeg, Hamilton or Toronto twice? Why only once.
According to Arash Madani, the imbalanced schedule is designed to reduce travel. The Lions play Winnipeg three times, once at home and twice on the road. They get two home games against Saskatchewan and Calgary and none against Hamilton, which is typically the worst draw in Vancouver. I'm all in favour of more divisional games against natural rivals. I'm not sure why the Lions have a home-and-home with Montreal early in the season but the two teams have had a rivalry over the years
The 3 western-most West teams BC, Cgy & Edm play West rivals 12 times and East clubs 6. The 2 eastern-most West teams Ssk & Wpg play East clubs 7 times and West rivals 11. In my mind they tried to balance/reduce travel while at the same time deal with 5 teams in one division and 4 in the other. They may well have wanted to revert back to the old scenario where West played 2 East clubs at home and 2 on the road. However with 18 games that would have created a situation where the 4 East clubs would have 5 games vs the West and would have to split the other 13 amongst their 3 rivals. That would mean playing 2 East teams 4 times and the other 5 times. The result is probably a compromise to reduce travel without having 2 East clubs play 5 games against each other.


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Re: 2021 schedule

This schedule is based on one of the following three contingencies happening:

1. The virus is completely under control.
2. We have given up on trying to control the virus.
3. The CFL will play without fans.

I hope they are counting on #3 because the chance of #1 or #2 happening is almost nil. Otherwise, this seems kind of pointless.


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I will start looking in great anticipation at this schedule around early May (when training camps have to get underway). By then we should know if this has a chance of being real or just another mirage like the Winnipeg bubble. CFLPA (from what Sol-E said) wants a commitment that they will play whether there are fans/stands or not.

Lions HC Rick Campbell is on TSN 1040 with Donnie & the Moj right now and he mentioned how certain everyone felt they were going to Winnipeg with the huge amount of preparation that was devoted to it.


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Fri Nov 20, 2020 12:21 pm
This schedule is based on one of the following three contingencies happening:

1. The virus is completely under control.
2. We have given up on trying to control the virus.
3. The CFL will play without fans.

I hope they are counting on #3 because the chance of #1 or #2 happening is almost nil. Otherwise, this seems kind of pointless.
I don't disagree with you on #1 being in question. I do disagree about #2. Unlike Trump Canada won't give up. Whether that determination pushes them towards #1 becoming reality won't be known for months. I do disagree on #3 though. If they try to go down the path of #3 I think it would them down into a hole they have no chance of digging out of. I think it would bankrupt the community owned clubs who may have already exhausted all or most of their stabilization "rainy day" funds.


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Fri Nov 20, 2020 2:39 pm
I do disagree about #2. Unlike Trump Canada won't give up.
I said the chance of us giving up is almost nil, so I think that means we agree. :beer:


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Re: 2021 schedule

The CFL's best home is that the vaccine is widely distributed by mid June or July so they can get fans in the stands, otherwise......


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Sat Nov 21, 2020 3:54 pm
The CFL's best home is that the vaccine is widely distributed by mid June or July so they can get fans in the stands, otherwise......
The U.S. and Japan have pledged to vaccinate everyone who wants it by May or June. Canada plans to start vaccinating vulnerable people early in the new year and finish everyone else by late fall. I hope we have enough vaccine to speed up that timeline.


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