Could the Canadian Premier League play behind closed doors once the current COVID-19 crisis subsides?

CPL commissioner David Clanachan didn’t dismiss the concept on Thursday when asked about it by Sportsnet 590 The Fan.

Speaking to Jeff Blair and Stephen Brunt on the "Writers Bloc" show about the delayed start to the CPL campaign due to the pandemic, Clanachan said the league has yet to discuss closed-door matches as an option when things get back to normal.

"We have not gotten to that point yet," began Clanachan, adding that CPL brass is "constantly running different scenarios" on what a 2020 season would look like.

"We have not been running [a closed door] scenario. As it goes further along, that will be something that would be brought up, but we have not taken a hard look at that at this point in time.

"But the reality is, without fans in the stands, there is no revenue."

The 2020 CPL season was set to kick off last weekend before the COVID-19 pandemic halted nearly all sports around the globe. While not divulging specifics, Clanachan did remain optimistic on the 2020 season and a potential format change.

"It’s not like we have to finish a season early, so we have plenty of options open to us," Clanachan said. "We would be able to ramp up pretty quickly."

CPL Commissioner David Clanachan speaks to Sportsnet 590 The Fan's Writers Bloc program. Listen to the full interview here.

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