Regina Thunder facing financial uncertainty amid coronavirus pandemic

Whether or not there is a football season this year, the Regina Thunder of the Canadian Junior Football League (CJFL) are uncertain the team would have the financial means needed to lace up.

With the fate of the CJFL season, set to begin in August, up in the air due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Thunder need to finance a budget of about $300,000.

The team raises that money through sponsorships and fundraisers, with nearly a quarter of it coming from the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

Canadian Football League commissioner Randy Ambrosie recently stated that the CFL season is “most likely” to be cancelled.

“We’re a non-profit organization and we rely on corporate sponsors within the community, and when they are affected and maybe their revenues are down, their ability to help out the non-profits change as well,” said Scott MacAulay, Regina Thunder head coach.

“The Saskatchewan Roughriders and the 50-50s done by the University of Regina Rams, we’ve always been able to benefit from their efforts every year, and it’s a substantial amount of money.

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“If there is no CFL or a minimized season, I’m sure the funding we get from the Saskatchewan Roughriders that keeps us afloat will be minimal or none.”

The Thunder are still hoping for help from other sponsors but realize that if companies negatively impacted by the pandemic have funds left to donate, they may go to more essential organizations.

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