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Canadian sports look for a coronavirus bailout

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OTTAWA — American sports fans are fretting about when pro sports will come back as they know them, but in Canada the worry is whether some popular sports leagues will return at all.

The economic damage from Covid-19 is ravaging the sports business on both sides of the border, but the pain promises to be more for prominent, gate-dependent leagues based north of the frontier — like the Canadian Football League.

The league has asked the Canadian government for financial help of up to C$150 million and, since the start of the pandemic lockdowns, it has moved swiftly to establish a lobbying presence in Ottawa.

In the U.S., sports leagues aren’t asking for bailouts even as some teams look for relief without fan or television revenue. Madison Square Garden, home to........

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