A sampling of the reactions by those affected:
“How will this solve the league’s problems when they have failed to generate increased revenue?”
“It shows how the commissioner cannot do his job, so what he does is cut to save his ass.”
“Do you really see this season happening given how the league is going about their plan?”
“Is the CFL really losing $10 to $20 million per season? How do we know if the books aren’t made public?”
“A 20 percent cut to football operations, all staff will be getting salary cut by that amount. This comes from Ambrosie who can’t even present a plan to the government.”
“Why isn’t there a cap on salaries for team presidents?”
“Coaches need a union, we get it worst than the players.”
“Ambrosie sounds like a used car salesman, we can’t believe anything that comes out of his mouth.”
“We have contract law in this country, which apparently doesn’t apply.”
“I’m losing faith in the integrity of the CFL leadership.”
One source described how the CFL operates: “Ambrosie, Scott Mitchell and Wade Miller run the league. Presidents in the CFL are not accountable. Where are they in all this? How come their salaries are not disclosed?”
“Someone needs to do some serious investigating on the leagues finances,” one source said.
“I am taking more than a $50,000 pay cut, but Ambrosie still has us on schedule for his COVID Global draft. Which after flying in, feeding, housing and quarantining players, that cost will be at least $400,000,” one source said.
“So 50 Globals flown in at the last minute and put up in a hotel for two weeks of quarantine and then a three-day combine, fly them to a CFL city, only to be cut 10 days later at a time when the rest of us are taking pay cuts? It’s poor leadership and a general lack of understanding of the message it sends to the people asked to do the work.”
“I know that a lot of players aren’t happy with the options we are being given and the league is going to try and put us in a tough spot instead of actually helping us,” one source said.
“They haven’t even picked up the phone to the players. At every turn Ambrosie lies and makes things worse than they have to be.”