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Dan Barnes

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Edmonton, AB, Canada

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Recent articles by Dan:

Oleksiak steps away from ISL, focuses on Olympics

The Toronto Titans had their hometown heroine under contract. → Read More

Ambrosie sees CFL coming back stronger with a leaner business model

Assuming the Canadian Football League eventually shakes off a spectacular failure to launch in 2020, it should be a leaner, more streamlined organization. At least, that’s the plan between now and next spring. The deep staffing cuts made at the head office in Toronto late last month — nine terminations and 20 furloughs left 41 […] → Read More

Pandemic puts World Cup speed skating season on thin ice

The COVID-19 pandemic has put the speed skating World Cup season on ice, at least temporarily, but Canadian athletes are still gearing up for domestic competition. The International Skating Union on Monday announced the cancellation of long track World Cups scheduled for Poland and Norway in November, as well as Salt Lake City and Calgary […] → Read More

Backed by her skeleton crew, new mom Elisabeth Maier determined to make Canadian national team

Elisabeth Maier’s return to the winter sport of skeleton can be summed up in four words: slide like a mother. The 26-year-old Calgarian, a 2018 Olympian and relatively new mom to eight-month-old son Hendrix, is on a mission to prove once more that the two roles should not be seen as mutually exclusive. “My purpose […] → Read More

Revenue sharing will be on the table when CFL looks to change business model

As team presidents and commissioner Randy Ambrosie continue to talk about and around revenue sharing, it seems likely the Canadian Football League will travel down that road again, hoping it leads them to prosperity, or at least sustainability. → Read More

Financial relief on the way for CFL players

Article content It appears financial relief is on the way for Canadian Football League players, many of whom haven’t been paid a dime since last fall. According to a memo sent by the CFL Players Association to its membership on Wednesday, the league and the PA have reached an agreement on a “tentative package” of benefits that would see 441 veteran players under contract receive Canadian… → Read More

CFL spikes 2020 season after feds' loan rejection

The Canadian Football League has cancelled its 2020 season, following a vote by the board of governors on Monday. → Read More

Canadian Football League players "stuck in limbo"

Article content continued The CFL will not comment officially on the state of negotiations. It seems likely that without definitive word from Ottawa on the status of the league’s request for about $40 million in financial aid, the CFL doesn’t see the point of bargaining with the players around the edges of an agreement when so much hinges on the central financial piece. And indeed, the message… → Read More

Canadian Football League moves the goalposts on a deal with players

The Canadian Football League has kicked the can down the road. Again.Friday was the league’s self-imposed deadline for a deal with the CFL Players Association to rework the collective bargaining agreement for 2020, allowing for a shortened season to proceed in September in Winnipeg, where CFL ... → Read More

Another year out from Tokyo, Canadian athletes ready themselves mentally and physically

Every athlete packs a personal story to the Olympics and returns home with another as a souvenir.They are often tales of redemption; of seizing a precious moment, overcoming injury, personal hardship, family tragedy or political oppression; of national pride and community support. → Read More

Manitoba, Saskatchewan make bids to become CFL hub

Mere hours after Manitoba threw $2.5 million at the Canadian Football League, Saskatchewan raised the stakes with a $3-million proposal to act as a hub city for the 2020 season.If there is one. → Read More

Henry Burris headlines 2020 Canadian Football Hall of Fame class

Henry Burris goes in as a first-ballot Hall-of-Famer, just the 21st in history.He goes in as a three-time winner of the Grey Cup and two-time game MVP; as a two-time Most Outstanding Player; as the headliner in a 2020 class that includes players Freddie Childress and Clyde Brock, amateur player Greg... → Read More

Wally Buono spills some of the beans on his CFL all-decade team

First things first: Let it be known that Wally Buono did not vote for himself.The winningest head coach in CFL history was asked by Postmedia to share some of his selections for the first-ever All-Decade Team.Buono, who chalked up 282 regular-season victories in Calgary and B.C. → Read More

Time working against Canadian Football League and players

When Canadian Football League executives and their CFL Players Association counterparts negotiated the current collective bargaining agreement, they met face to face for about 250 hours. → Read More

Life after the Lions has been incredibly busy for DeVone Claybrooks

Since being fired by the BC Lions in early November, former head coach DeVone Claybrooks has attended the wedding of the man who replaced him, Rick Campbell; joined Calgary Black Chambers, an organization that fosters diversity and mentorship; taken online construction management courses; attended t... → Read More

In times of financial crises then and now, Canadian Football League looks to cut player pay

At least 15 sections of the collective bargaining agreement require negotiation before the Canadian Football League plays a truncated version of the 2020 schedule or cancels it entirely. → Read More

Canadian Football League might have to tap the brakes on global initiative

Consider the optics of paying for 60 football players to fly into Toronto from Mexico, Japan and a handful of European countries; then housing, feeding and testing them at a global combine.During a pandemic.After the main combine was cancelled and the Canadian draft was conducted remotely. → Read More

Archer Crispin Duenas ready to hit the mark

The Lockdown Knockout offers Crispin Duenas a rare shot at pure self-evaluation, and that has to be as valuable as the first-prize money of 1,000 Swiss francs.“There is a lot of learning I can take away from doing this competition,” said the 34-year-old archer from Toronto. → Read More

CFL will take at least two years to recover, Lions president says

The Canadian Football League’s financial recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic will take “two or three years,” according to long-time executive Rick LeLacheur.“We’re in a survival mode. → Read More

Longest draft day not always a path to shortest career for Misters Irrelevant

If D.J. Lalama and Colton Hunchak were strapping it up last Friday night in Calgary as scheduled, not many Canadian Football League fans would have seen it as a clash of Misters Irrelevant.Montreal quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. → Read More