Reynolds optimistic about strong recovery from canceled CFL season

Riders’ commitment to controlling their spending could translate into a better-than-expected financial situation.

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Saskatchewan Roughriders CEO Craig Reynolds expects the team to come out of the 2021 season in a better financial position than he had imagined earlier this year.


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“We are committed to aggressively cutting costs while trying not to affect the fan experience,” said Reynolds. “We have also managed our costs very closely this year. I think we are going to have a stronger recovery year than expected. “

The Riders can still lose money due to the shortened 14-game schedule. Other expenses associated with the COVID-19 pandemic will reduce the results of the community team.

Reynolds said many aspects of the business have rebounded, including merchandise sales and stadium revenue from ticket sales, concessions and sponsorships.

Any reduction in the Riders’ losses would be welcome, given the team posted a record deficit of $ 7.5 million in fiscal year 2019-20. The financial blow is the result of the CFL’s cancellation of the 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


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“It’s important that we start to tackle this,” Reynolds said.

Down on the fourth down

The possibility of CFL going from three to four downs angered former Roughriders president Tom berger .

“I’m probably the biggest fan in the CFL in Saskatchewan or Canada and I wouldn’t want to see a foursome game,” said Shepherd. “I hope they will understand this message.”

TSN reported last week that the CFL is considering a number of rule changes during the offseason to improve the game. One possible change would be to go from three downs to four downs to increase offense and score.

“I agree we’ve had some really bad games this year,” Shepherd said. “In my opinion, it’s linked to COVID because we didn’t have proper training camps or exhibition games. So there were some really bad games, but why would we want four tries? Maybe the folks in Toronto who love the NFL could like it.


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Reynolds said it’s common for the CFL to review his product after every season. This review ranges from rule changes to best business practices.

“We want to see what’s important to our fans and what changes we could make,” Reynolds said. “The reality is that we are not jumping on solutions or a need to play four-a-side football.

“We’re going to look at the product, and when you do this stuff, you don’t want to have holy cows. You want to examine it with every option on the table and what makes sense and what doesn’t. “

Free agents

The Riders have 50 players, a league-high, eligible to apply for free agency when the window opens on February 8.

Some of the Riders’ waiting free agents are defensive tackle Micah Johnson and defensive back Nick Marshall, the only stars in the team’s West Division.


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Defensive end AC Leonard, linebacker Micah Teitz and defenseman Loucheiz Purifoy are also on the list. Leonard led the CFL with 11 sacks. Purifoy was the Riders’ candidate for top defensive player. Tietz was the most outstanding Canadian among the Riders.

Receivers Shaq Evans and Duke Williams, spot kicker Brett Lauther , Regina-born punter Jon Ryan and alternate quarterback Isaac harker are also waiting for free agents.

Quick shots

NFL insider Aaron Wilson reported that Riders wide receiver Brayden Lenius worked with the San Francisco 49ers in the NFL earlier this week. Lenius is also eligible to apply for free agency… The first game of a round-trip match between the Riders and the Toronto Argonauts is to be played at an undisclosed neutral venue on July 16. The second game will be played at Mosaic Stadium on July 23.

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